Items Tagged: SSD
Carnival was in need of storage that could not only handle today’s demands, but could scale quickly…and inexpensively.
Storage is at the heart of the VDI ROI equation. Testing showed that the Dell PS6000XVS, for a typical set of linked-clone non-persistent VDI task workers, easily achieved a density of 680 virtual desktops (85 10GB disk/1GB memory VMs per ESX server, generating 2-5 IOPS each)…with headroom.
Breaking Down the Barriers to VDI with Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SAN Arrays
While Taneja Group has been cautious to date on the pace of desktop virtualization adoption, recent hypervisor and storage technology innovations strongly suggest that in 2011 and 2012 we will see a rapid acceleration. Key to this momentum has been increased interest in one type of desktop virtualization, namely server-hosted virtual desktops (often called “virtual desktop infrastructure,” or VDI). VDI has often promised more than it delivered, however, due to complexity, performance and cost challenges. Chief among these challenges has been the high up-front capital costs and subsequent inefficiencies of the storage platforms deployed to support VDI. Dell aims to turn this around, however, with several recent additions and enhancements to its popular EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI array family. In this first section of a three-part in-depth report, we first review the current barriers to wider adoption of VDI, focusing on key storage challenges, and look at how the new Dell PS Series XVS hybrid SAS/SSD arrays deliver the density required to overcome these barriers.
Maximizing Desktop Virtualization Success with VDI-optimized Dell EqualLogic Hybrid Arrays
VDI has often promised more than it delivered, due to stubborn complexity, performance and cost challenges. Chief among these challenges has been the high up-front capital costs and subsequent inefficiencies of the storage platforms deployed to support it. Building on deep integration with VMware’s vSphere 4.1 platform via the vStorage APIs, Dell has set its sights squarely on VDI and aims to break down both the cost of acquisition and TCO (CapEx and OpEx) barriers that have plagued VDI ROI in the past. Dell has added intelligent workload tiering and new hybrid SSD/SAS arrays to its Equal-Logic PS Series family and we analyze a recent performance benchmark to evaluate in detail how Dell’s innovations reduce complexity, improve performance and lower the cost of VDI.
Computerworld - SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Solid-state drive chip maker Marvell Technology today announced that later this year it will release an accelerator card designed to deliver a tenfold increase in storage network throughput by caching and sorting data at the server before sending it to back-end arrays.
- Premiered: 04/04/11
- Author: Taneja Group
- Published: ComputerWorld
Maximizing Database Performance With Dell Equallogic Hybrid Arrays
Today’s combination of rapidly-accelerating demand for data and rapidly-consolidating datacenter infrastructure makes choosing the right storage for each of your business applications more important—and more difficult—than ever. In our view, it’s time more of this burden is taken on by the SAN itself. In other words, it’s time for more SAN intelligence. The intelligent SAN should optimize all available storage resources—automatically. In this profile explore how dynamic, multi-tiered OLTP workloads test the limits of traditional manual storage tiering strategies, and further strengthen the case for automated tiering on the SAN itself. Then we review Dell’s internal benchmark test results and speak to Carnival Cruise Lines, an EqualLogic customer, in order to evaluate how Dell’s hybrid SSD/SAS arrays are delivering higher performance and lower overhead both in the lab and in the field.
Auto tiering is used to help optimize data running across LUNs and file systems. It’s an important storage efficiency tool, and many users and vendors see it as a must-have technology. It’s especially key for users who have solid-state drives (SSDs) in place. SSDs have capacity constraints, and auto-tiering software helps with performance demands.
In this podcast interview, Jeff Boles, senior analyst and director, validation services at Taneja Group, discusses the importance of auto tiering in today’s data storage industry. Find out auto tiering’s main purpose in the data center; the difference between sub-LUN tiering and auto tiering; when sub-LUN tiering is a better choice than auto tiering; who the big vendors are that support auto tiering; and what the future looks like for automated storage tiering. Read the transcript below or download the MP3.
When solid-state drives (SSDs) first started showing up in storage arrays three years ago, the lack of automatic storage tiering was cited as one of the major barriers to deployment -- along with cost. SSDs are still far from ubiquitous in storage arrays, but you can no longer blame a lack of automated tiering options for that.
What you will learn: It may seem as if data storage technologies are a little stodgy and out of date, but there are plenty of enterprise storage trends emerging at both big storage vendors and smaller upstarts. Solid-state storage, virtualization-optimized storage, capacity optimization and automated storage tiering (AST) have all become more prominent in IT shops lately because of the success users have garnered from their use.
Midrange Reinvented - the IBM Storwize V7000
In this Product in Depth, we take a look at the IBM Storwize V7000 and how it has harnessed a unique range of sophisticated heterogeneous storage virtualization technology from the IBM portfolio of intellectual property, and turned these technologies into building blocks for a next generation mid-range storage array. The result is a unique foundation to unify the consolidating and virtualizing infrastructure.
Program offers easy add-on sales of performance-enhancing software with attractive margins to VARS deploying SSD/Flash in VM and physical server environments
THOUSAND OAKS, CA, Dec 20, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Nexsan(R), a leading independent provider of disk-based storage systems, today announced a new downloadable paper titled "6 Tips for Selecting HDD and SSD Drives." The free educational resource provides guidance on selecting the most appropriate hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state disk drive (SSD) technology when configuring a storage system for business applications. Access the new paper at http://www.nexsan.com/library/featured.aspx .
THOUSAND OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 17, 2012) - Nexsan®, a leading independent provider of disk-based data storage systems, today announced five noteworthy trends in Solid State Disk (SSD) technology for 2012. While the current mindset is that SSD drives are extremely expensive, both SSD drives and systems have dropped in price significantly, making them a viable option for select applications in today's IT environments.
In another demonstration of genuine leadership and street fighting spirit EMC announced today the availability of VFCache, otherwise known as Project Lightning. Simply put, VFCache is a 300GB SLC-flash on a PCIe card, designed to go into a server which is running an IO starved application, perhaps even after using the fastest HDDs and even array-based SSDs. Such applications are more prevalent than one might think. In fact, more and more applications have become IO-starved over the past decade as CPUs and networks have become faster and storage has improved marginally, if at all. The product is also GA at the same time.
EMC Corp. today officially launched VFCache, its PCIe flash caching product formerly known as “Project Lightning.” EMC also teased its “Project Thunder” appliance with multiple flash cards that will be available in an early-access program later this year.
NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 22, 2012) - SMART Storage Systems today announced the Optimus Ultra Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid-state drive (SSD). An industry-leading combination of performance, capacity, reliability and endurance, the Optimus Ultra is designed to meet enterprise storage application needs, facilitating broad SSD adoption in enterprise environments.
Nexsan Corp. today introduced its first multiprotocol storage platform, the Nexsan NST Series Unified Storage System, which contains a flash cache using single-level cell (SLC) solid-state drives (SSDs) and DRAM to accelerate performance.
With the introduction of the HP LeftHand P4900 all-flash storage system, HP has added a whole new dimension to the scale-out capabilities of the LeftHand product family, and users with performance-challenged workloads stand to reap the benefits.
When flash or solid state drives (SSDs) appeared on the scene a couple of years back, they were primarily used as high-performance caches that could accelerate access to disk media. But that is changing.