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Why Flash is the Future of Storage in Data Centers

August 23, 2011

August 23, 2011 (Mountain View, CA) – Matt Kesner, Chief Information Officer of Fenwick & West, was recently quoted in The New York Times article "Why Flash is the Future of Storage in Data Centers."

In the world of consumer computing, flash memory is commonly used due to its many benefits such as speed and energy efficiency. While flash has traditionally been cost effective when limited to consumer use, price has been a roadblock for implementation of flash storage for industrial strength computing. However, a group of start-ups are now working to remove the pricing roadblock and bring flash storage to the data center market.

Silicon Valley-based law firm Fenwick & West tested the technology of one such startup, Pure Storage. This technology made it possible to store 50 to 90 percent less data than with conventional storage, said Matt Kesner.

As attorneys often open huge email attachments, they noticed a difference during the test deployments – particularly in the deployment of server applications such as email.

"For the users, everything happened instantaneously," Mr. Kesner said, adding that when the test ended and the firm went back to the older storage technology, "the lawyers complained."

Click here to read The New York Times article in its entirety.