The use of cloud-based services is growing rapidly in today’s 3rd Platform computing environment. Datacenters looking to craft the most cost-effective infrastructure to service legacy workloads like relational database and enterprise applications while accommodating next-generation applications in the mobile computing, social media, and big data and analytics areas are increasingly moving to hybrid cloud environments. For performance, security, and/or control reasons, administrators continue to host certain workloads in on-premises infrastructure while moving other workloads to the cloud to take advantage of the economics, agility, and more flexible pricing models that the cloud offers. However, all cloud infrastructures are not webscale, and many cloud-based infrastructures are using all-flash arrays (AFAs) to offer reliable, highly available premium service tiers that must conform to stringent service-level agreements (SLAs).
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