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Target Environments & Benefits
Overview:

SSDs have become commonplace in many data centre and enterprise environments. SSDs provide a significant TCO and ROI benefit in many use cases and applications. SSD are now common in many deployments including front-end web, media streaming, email/collaboration, data warehousing, AI/data mining, virtualisation/VDI, OLTP acceleration, caching layer, HPC and others. This document is intended to discuss the benefits of SSDs in specific use cases.

Benefits

HPC Environments:
Overall performance:

The main requirement for HPC (High Performance Computing) environments is raw performance. HPC workloads are compute and data intensive, and faster storage allows for higher performance HPC architectures. HPC solutions benefit from high IOPS and throughput with low latency. By 2018, 60 per cent of businesses are forecast to require HPC environments for business-critical operations. The DCP1000 provides one of the highest performance solutions on the market for HPC workloads.

High reliability:

Another requirement for HPC environments is reliability. The DCP1000 is very good for RAID environments. With 4 physical devices on a single card, the DCP1000 can support SW RAID on a single SSD. Normally, for RAIDing SSDs, a customer must deploy 3-4 SSDs to implement RAID. With the DCP1000 Add-In Card (AIC), RAID can be implemented on a single PCIe card using the 4 individual drives presented by the DCP1000. This simpler configuration saves on cost and complexity, and can free up PCIe slots used by HBAs. In addition, many systems do not have enough PCIe slots to deploy 3-4 PCIe AIC SSDs per system.

Entertainment & Media:
Sequential performance:

Streaming large amounts of data sequentially is the main use case. Higher sequential performance enables a greater number of streams supported by a single SSD add-in card. The DCP1000 has 2x-3x the sequential performance of other solutions on the market, and therefore can support 2x-3x the number of streams per DCP1000 AIC. Higher sequential performance can be a top buying criteria for customers with media workloads.

Smaller footprint:

Using higher performance SSDs enables customers to reduce the footprint of their deployment. If a single workstation with one DCP1000 AIC can do the work of 2 or 3 standard work stations, the amount of physical space required can be significantly reduced, which reduces TCO and increases ROI by a greater factor than the cost of the DCP1000.




Server and Storage Integrators:
Differentiated offering:

System vendors can now offer differentiated solutions to their customers with higher performance not available from vendors. System builders who use the DCP1000 drive will be able to offer the highest performance solution on the market.

Web 2.0 and Cloud Providers:
Server consolidation:

Higher performance enables customers to “do more with less” - they achieve the same performance with less hardware. One server with one DCP1000 AIC has higher performance then two servers without DCP1000SSDs, including many NVMe AICs from competitors. Server consolidation is achieved through higher performance, delivering lower TCO and greater ROI.

Cost/TCO:

Thanks to the technology that Kingston has deployed, the DCP1000 SSD can offer an improved cost per GB to the customer. In addition to an attractive cost per GB, they provide better metrics beyond raw cost. DCP1000 SSDs deliver higher IOPS/£, lower IOPS/W and improved £/workload. This can have an impact on the overall TCO model for Web 2.0 and cloud providers.

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