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March 2016

Storage Capacity 101 to Post-Grad in a Flash

In this report from Quocirca, analyst Clive Longbottom explains why you don’t always get what you think you’re getting with flash storage.

Table Of Contents

  • The move from a kilobyte being 1024 to 1000 bytes means that 1 terabyte is nearly 10% less than it used to be – after all the formatting around this change is complete, organisations are left with the “usable” capacity of the storage
  • The importance of the three common ways of expressing storage capacity – raw, usable and effective – change depending on workload and your comparisons across different solutions
  • Each term used to describe capacity is subject to misuse that can result in the expressed figures becoming a red herring that cannot be trusted – what really counts is how much data can be stored on any given storage platform based on specific workloads

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