Change in IT can be tough, but is often worth it

By Doug Rollins - 2017-11-01

Change can be tough.  Even scary.  I remember when I was a kid we moved from North Carolina to California’s north coast.  Five of us, a rented truck and our van.  I was ten years old.    

Turns out, the move was a good thing, even it if was scary (for a kid – maybe for my parents and great-grandmother too).  I saw parts of the country I’d never have seen, got to meet people I would otherwise never have known.  I got to grow up in another beautiful area, very different from what I knew.  I realized benefits, stories and experiences I share with my boys decades later.

Change in IT can be tough as well, with some of us staying with what we know or being a touch reluctant to move to newer – even if we think newer is better.  Some of that is nature, but some of it is because making a radical change may come with risks, risks that we aren’t looking to take, at least without a strong notion of the benefits.  Convincing ourselves that the benefits outweigh the possible risks – in our systems running our applications and our workloads – can be daunting.  More daunting than a move across the country was to a ten year old kid.

Many know that SSDs enable amazing application and workload results, but they’re expensive to buy.  Are they worth it?  Are they worth it for your system, your applications, your workloads? 

To help you figure this out, Micron built the Move2SSD TCO Tool, an online tool you can use to estimate SSD’s total economic impact in your data center.  Working with Forrester Consulting, we ensured our HDD-to-SSD estimator provided accurate, consistent and repeatable results based on lab-validated, standardized testing.

Our tool collects a bit of information about how your setup is configured, a bit about your application and workload, and then shows you SSD vs HDD impact from two different perspectives.

An all-SSD deployment that comes pretty close to matching the capacity of what you have now (with HDDs).  You can pick different SSDs, models and interfaces.  It will show you details like the number of SSDs you’d need, the power savings and the performance differences.

It will also show you an all-SSD deployment that comes close to matching the performance (but not the capacity) of what you have now (with HDDs).  This perspective is a bit different.  It may take a bit to digest too.  This all-SSD configuration will have about the same number of IOPS as your current HDD system, but probably has far, far fewer drives, fewer systems, less power, etc.

Want to see different results?  Easy – just change the SSD you’ve picked.  The tool recalculates everything for you!  With registration, you’ll also get access to a detailed report, complete with graphs showing how SSDs can benefit.

Interested?   I’d like to hear about it.  Tweet me @GreyHairStorage or our main storage handle @MicronStorage. We also like e-mail  

Doug Rollins

Doug Rollins

Doug Rollins is a principal technical marketing engineer for Micron's Storage Business Unit, with a focus on enterprise solid-state drives. He’s an inventor, author, public speaker and photographer. Follow Doug on Twitter: @GreyHairStorage.