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On Our Radar: VDI-Optimized Storage

Will 2010 mark the turning point for desktop virtualization? I think it depends on how well the leading storage vendors take the mystery and complexity out of storage planning for virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs).

  • Premiered: 05/16/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Desktop Virtualization Storage Capacity Optimization Storage Performance VDI
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VMware VAAI: Clumsy Acronym, Great Strategy

With the announcement of VMware vSphere 4.1, I think VMware's set the bar very high, again.

  • Premiered: 07/13/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): 3PAR Bartoletti Dell Storage Performance Storage Tiering VAAI Virtualization VMWare vSphere
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Sizing up storage performance analysis options

Many vendors and users have been focusing on how to improve storage capacity, as data has seen enormous growth rates in the past few years. But how does storage performance measure up? What options do vendors have for improving and assessing storage performance, and are users taking the technology seriously?

  • Premiered: 06/09/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Storage Performance TBA solid-state TBA primary data
Profiles/Reports

Dell Compellent: Fluid Storage for a Virtualized World

The enterprise datacenter was a very different place just a few years ago. Over the last decade, several macro trends have converged: rapid server consolidation enabled by virtualization, dramatic data proliferation and the rise of “big data,” solid-state drive technology advances, and an increasingly mobile and demanding workforce. In short, IT continues to consolidate, while business becomes more distributed. This tension drives the search for greater efficiency now at the heart of every IT decision. And no-where is this pressure felt more acutely than in the storage layer. Virtualized and consolidated work-loads create new types of storage I/O contention, which are costly to troubleshoot and repair. Storage costs continue to rise because capacity planning is harder in today’s dynamic business environment. Over time, performance limitations, wasted capacity, and complex operations eat into the bottom line and increase lifetime storage TCO. These realities drive the need for more intelligence in the storage layer. In this technology brief, we explore the ways in which Dell Compellent’s Storage Center is delivering such intelligence today.

Publish date: 12/08/11
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Tintri VMstore: Zero Management Storage (TVS)

Storage challenges in the virtual infrastructure are tremendous. Virtualization consolidates more IO than ever before, and then obscures the sources of that IO so that end-to-end visibility and understanding become next to impossible. As the storage practitioner labors on with business-as-usual, deploying yet more storage and fighting fires attempting to keep up with demands, the business is losing the battle around trying to do more with less.

The problem is that inserting the virtual infrastructure in the middle of the application-to-storage connection, and then massively expanding the virtual infrastructure, introduces a tremendous amount of complexity. A seemingly endless stream of storage vendors are circling this problem today with an apparent answer – storage systems that deliver more performance. But more “bang for the buck” is too often just an attempt to cover up the lack of an answer for complexity-induced management inefficiency – ranging across activities like provisioning, peering into utilization, troubleshooting performance problems, and planning for the future.

With an answer to this problem, one vendor has been sailing to wide spread adoption, and leaving a number of fundamentally changed enterprises in their wake. That vendor is Tintri, and they’ve focused on changing the way storage is integrated and used, instead of just tweaking storage performance. Tintri integrates more deeply with the virtual infrastructure than any other product we’ve seen, and creates distinct advantages in both storage capabilities and on-going management.

Taneja Group recently had the opportunity to put Tintri’s VMstore array through a hands-on exercise, to see for ourselves whether there’s mileage to be had from a virtualization-specific storage solution. Without doubt, there is clear merit to Tintri’s approach. A virtualization specific storage system can reinvent a broad range of storage management interactions – by being VM-aware – and fundamentally alter the complexity of the virtual infrastructure for the better. In our view, these changes stand to have massive impact on the TCO of virtualization initiatives (some of which are identified in the table of highlights below) but the story doesn’t end there. At the same time they’ve fundamentally changed management, Tintri has also innovated around storage technology that enables Tintri VMstore to serve up storage beneath even the most extreme virtual infrastructures.

Publish date: 12/20/13
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Load DynamiX Simplifies Storage Performance Workload Modeling to Accelerate Flash and Hybrid Storage

Load DynamiX, the leader in storage infrastructure performance validation, today announced its latest storage workload modeling products that enable enterprise storage architects and engineers accelerate deployment of solid state technologies, validate performance, and optimize storage budgets.

  • Premiered: 04/14/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Herald Online
Topic(s): TBA Load DynamiX TBA Storage TBA Storage Performance TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA hybrid storage TBA Optimization TBA Validation TBA Deduplication TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA VDI TBA Virtualization TBA SwiftTest
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PernixData Meets Huge Demand for Server-Side Storage Intelligence

Server-Side Storage Intelligence has become a major presence in virtualized data centers, with PernixData selling more FVP software in the first twelve months of shipping than any enterprise infrastructure software company to date.

  • Premiered: 02/25/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Topic(s): TBA PernixData TBA Jeff Byrne TBA Virtualization TBA virtualized data center TBA Storage TBA FVP Software TBA Storage Performance TBA Data Center TBA flexibility TBA scale-out TBA Capacity TBA Hypervisor TBA hypervisor clustering
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Load DynamiX adds workload modeling to storage performance tool

The Load DynamiX update adds built-in workload models to support OpenStack, Ceph, Amazon S3, NFSv 4.1 and steady-state VDI.

  • Premiered: 05/22/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Load DynamiX TBA Storage TBA Storage Performance TBA OpenStack TBA Ceph TBA Amazon TBA Amazon S3 TBA NFSv TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA storage performance validation TBA Block Storage TBA Mike Matchett
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Storage Acceleration and Performance Technologies Survey

Taneja Group recently completed a multi-client sponsored study (MCS) of storage acceleration and performance technologies in the enterprise. The research focused on how enterprise IT buyers and practitioners value different flash-driven technologies, and which approaches they're adopting to address the performance needs of particular applications and use cases. By comparing against the results of a similar study we conducted two years ago, we identified major market trends and directions, including an understanding of the core technologies and features that will dominate all-flash data centers in the future.

We received 694 completed responses to our online survey from enterprise buyers and practitioners around the world, from a range of organization sizes and industries. We then conducted in-depth phone interviews with a representative sample of the respondents, to gain additional insights into their decision making process, likes and dislikes, and planned investments going forward.

If you are suffering from storage performance issues, and/or have an interest in flash acceleration technologies and how they're being deployed, you've come to the right place. On this page, we are featuring highlights of the research findings, along with our commentary on user requirements, market trends and technology directions. We are also including links to content from our study sponsors, who are providing their own perspectives on and takeaways from the research.

If you are an enterprise user or vendor of storage technologies, we are interested in hearing from you. Please feel free to share your own experience and perspectives in the comments field below.

Research Highlights Study Sponsor Insights
Finding of the week News/Opinions
Blogs/Articles Infographics
Additional Highlights Other Content

  • Premiered: 07/14/15
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Performance Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SAPMCS
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Flash storage market remains a tsunami

The flash storage market is poised for rapid growth into enterprise data centers as costs drop and solid-state drive density and capacity expands.

  • Premiered: 10/02/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Storage TBA Mike Matchett TBA Enterprise TBA Data Center TBA enterprise data TBA solid state TBA Capacity TBA Storage Acceleration TBA Storage Acceleration and Performance TBA Performance TBA Storage Performance TBA all-flash TBA Hybrid TBA flash hybrid TBA hybrid storage TBA IOPS TBA HDD TBA QoS TBA OPEX TBA CAPEX
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Abstract: Taneja Group Multi-Client Study on Storage Acceleration and Performance Technologies

Storage performance technology – solid state or high-scale storage designed for high performance – has long been a tricky and fragmented market. While the market for flash-based storage has been growing steadily over the past few years, it still represents well under 10% of total installed capacity in the enterprise. A variety of storage acceleration solutions—based in the array, server and network—are now available, and yet many enterprise buyers are still poorly educated about these options and how best to address the performance needs of their business-critical apps.

Taneja Group’s latest multi-client sponsored research study addresses the relatively young and rapidly evolving market for storage acceleration and performance solutions in the enterprise. This study provides vendor sponsors with key insights into the current uptake and usage of storage acceleration and performance technologies, along with user-perceived value of key features and capabilities. The study findings will help vendors understand how to overcome sales and deployment barriers, improve and sharpen the positioning of their products/solutions, and determine where they should invest going forward, based on the technologies and use cases that will be most important to enterprise buyers over the next 2-3 years.

The 70-page research report features results from 694 completed online surveys, plus in-depth discussions with 9 selected enterprise participants. The study respondents – primarily senior IT and infrastructure managers – come from a broad range of enterprise-level organizations and industries, providing a highly representative sample of customers in the sweet spot for storage acceleration solutions.

The report begins with a description of the market landscape, which provides our perspectives on how the storage performance market has developed and where it is headed. This leads into an in-depth analysis and discussion of survey findings, including a profile of the respondents themselves. We then identify and explore several key customer populations that rose to the surface in our analysis. Understanding these different types of buyers and users is more important than ever, as we find that the market is quite fragmented, with a number of contrasting populations looking at performance from distinctly different perspectives. By studying these populations and what makes them tick, vendors will be able to assess and optimize product and marketing strategies for different classes of customers, while honing their competitive differentiation.

This Taneja Group research report was provided to our primary research sponsors in early September 2015, and is now generally available for purchase by other vendors. If you have an interest in learning more about the market and how you can make your acceleration offerings stand out, please contact Jeff Byrne (jeff.byrne@tanejagroup.com) or Mike Matchett (mike.matchett@tanejagroup.com) at Taneja Group to put the insights in this report to work for you.

Publish date: 10/01/15
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Startup InterModal Data targets Web-scale storage

Startup InterModal Data introduced its Web-scale storage software that runs on commodity hardware, and is designed to scale to thousands of storage and performance nodes.

  • Premiered: 12/08/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA InterModal Data TBA web-scale storage TBA web-scale TBA Storage TBA Storage Performance TBA Distributed Storage TBA Capacity TBA IO performance TBA Amazon TBA Google TBA Facebook TBA all-flash TBA hybrid storage TBA RAM TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA CPU TBA NFS TBA iSCSI TBA storage container TBA containers TBA Virtualization TBA mirror data TBA Mirroring TBA scale-out TBA Jeff Kato
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Record Year for Load DynamiX as Enterprise IT Adoption Grows Over 100%

Load DynamiX, the leader in storage performance analytics, announced today that it closed 2015 with record revenues as it continued to successfully penetrate enterprise IT organizations and expand from selling exclusively to the storage engineering and architecture departments to storage production departments.

  • Premiered: 01/13/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: PR Newswire
Topic(s): TBA Load DynamiX TBA Storage TBA Storage Performance TBA OpenStack TBA OpenStack Swift TBA Ceph TBA Mike Matchett
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Load DynamiX unveils new Virtual Series storage test tools

Newly updated Load DynamiX Virtual Series tools offer the same GUI, workflow, statistics and API as its physical storage performance validation appliance.

  • Premiered: 01/25/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA Virtualization TBA Load DynamiX TBA API TBA Storage TBA Performance TBA Storage Performance TBA storage performance validation TBA object storage TBA cloud object storage TBA Cloud Storage TBA Cloud TBA all-flash TBA all flash array TBA All Flash TBA IOPS TBA Validation TBA storage infrastructure TBA Optimization TBA VMWare TBA VMware ESXi TBA ESXi TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Hypervisor TBA hypervisors TBA iSCSI TBA NFS TBA SMB TBA OpenStack
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Hybrid cloud implementation preparation checklist

Get a complete listing of the resources, use cases and requirements that need to be taken into account before starting a hybrid cloud deployment project.

  • Premiered: 02/29/16
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Disaster Recovery as a Service TBA DRaaS TBA SLA TBA QoS TBA Storage Performance TBA Availability TBA Security TBA VPN TBA IaaS TBA CAPEX TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA Storage Management
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Virtual Instruments taps into Load DynamiX, storage analytics

Storage performance monitoring vendor Virtual Instruments combines forces with load simulation vendor Load DynamiX in a merger that broadens their storage analytics platforms.

  • Premiered: 03/29/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Virtual Instruments TBA Load DynamiX TBA Storage Performance TBA storage performance validation TBA Performance TBA Storage TBA application performance TBA application performance management TBA Arun Taneja TBA FC TBA Fibre Channel
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Virtual Instruments WorkloadCentral: Free Cloud-Based Resource for Understanding Workload Behavior

Virtual Instruments, the company created by the combination of the original Virtual Instruments and Load DynamiX, recently made available a free cloud-based service and community called WorkloadCentral. The service is designed to help storage professionals understand workload behavior and improve their knowledge of storage performance. Most will find valuable insights into storage performance with the simple use of this free service. For those who want to get a deeper understanding of workload behavior over time, or evaluate different storage products to determine which one is right for their specific application environment, or optimize their storage configurations for maximum efficiency, they can buy additional Load DynamiX Enterprise products available from the company.
The intent with WorkloadCentral is to create a web-based community that can share information about a variety of application workloads, perform workload analysis and create workload simulations. In an industry where workload sharing has been almost absent, this service will be well received by storage developers and IT users alike.
Read on to understand where WorkloadCentral fits into the overall application and storage performance spectrum...

Publish date: 05/26/16
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Flash Virtualization System: Powerful but Cost-Effective Acceleration for VMware Workloads

Server virtualization can bring your business significant benefits, especially in the initial stages of deployment. Companies we speak with in the early stages of adoption often cite more flexible and automated management of both infrastructure and apps, along with CAPEX and OPEX savings resulting from workload consolidation.  However, as an increasing number of apps are virtualized, many of these organizations encounter significant storage performance challenges. As more virtualized workloads are consolidated on a given host, aggregate IO demands put tremendous pressure on shared storage, server and networking resources, with the strain further exacerbated by the IO blender effect, in which IO streams processed by the hypervisor become random and unpredictable. Together, these conditions reduce host productivity—e.g. by lowering data and transactional throughput and increasing application response time—and may prevent you from meeting performance requirements for your business-critical applications.

How can you best address these storage performance challenges in your virtual infrastructure? Adding solid-state or flash storage will provide a significant performance boost, but where should it be deployed to give your critical applications the biggest improvement per dollar spent? How can you ensure that the additional storage fits effortlessly into your existing environment, without requiring disruptive and costly changes to your infrastructure, applications, or management capabilities?

We believe that server-side acceleration provides the best answer to all of these questions. In particular, we like server solutions that combine intelligent caching with high-performance PCIe memory, which are tightly integrated with the virtualization platform, and enable sharing of storage across multiple hosts or an entire cluster. The Flash Virtualization System from SanDisk is an outstanding example of such a solution. As we’ll see, Flash Virtualization enables a shared cache resource across a cluster of hosts in a VMware environment, improving application performance and response time without disrupting primary storage or host servers. This solution will allow you to satisfy SLAs and keep your users happy, without breaking the bank.

Publish date: 06/14/16
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New Virtual Instruments software improves NAS, flash models

Version 5.3 of Virtual Instruments' Load DynamiX 5 software supports time-based NFSv3 workloads, eases preconditioning of flash arrays and improves the user interface.

  • Premiered: 04/19/17
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA NAS TBA Virtual Instruments TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Load DynamiX TBA NFS TBA Block Storage TBA flash storage TBA iSCSI TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA VirtualWisdom TBA analytics TBA Storage Performance TBA NetApp TBA OnCommand TBA Oracle TBA Oracle ZFS TBA Data Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Data reduction TBA Backup TBA Arun Taneja TBA all flash array TBA all-flash TBA AFA TBA Optimization