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Turbonomic & EMC Scale IO Integration for Software Defined Storage (SDS)

Posted by Dor Juravski on Mar 28, 2017 8:51:26 AM

Throughout years of experience, I have encountered and handled performance issues for the application, server and network layers, but storage layers were often the hardest to address. Enterprise storage used to be monolithic – unmovable, little changes encouraged and a reluctance to reconfigure or adapt to changing needs of the applications. Modern enterprise storage allows easier, more flexible management with capability to control the application facing as well as backend configuration. Managing storage in the enterprise, however, is still a full-time task since more flexibility and more capabilities mean more options. Software Defined Storage (SDS) have been abstracting and hiding daily management decisions, but since no two environments are alike, storage admins should not rely only on SDS to cater for their specific environment needs.

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Topics: Storage

Does that application really need flash storage?

Posted by Chris Graham on Aug 4, 2016 8:19:45 AM

Workloads_Flash

What to consider before investing in an all-flash array

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Topics: Storage

IO Storage Control and Its Complexity (Part 2)

Posted by Nick Joseph on Jul 6, 2016 5:17:13 PM

There have been a lot of studies on best practices for managing storage I/O and its complexity. When it comes to storage capacity, controlling I/O and maintaining performance isn’t easy for small or large SAN environments. So it begs the question: How can we optimize our environments so we could support large amounts of bandwidth while supporting as many I/Os (transactions) as possible?

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Topics: Storage

Storage I/O Control and Its Complexity (Part 1)

Posted by Nick Joseph on Apr 8, 2016 7:53:38 AM

scale up or scale out - storage i/o control

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Topics: Storage

PSTG FlashBlade: Don't Mind If I Hadoop

Posted by Chris Graham on Mar 18, 2016 9:11:09 AM

pure flashbladeOver the past year and a half, I’ve been fortunate to work in an alliance capacity with a handful of wonderfully disruptive technologies. My first among these was Pure Storage, who at the time offered a single product line, FlashArray, in three flavors: FA-405, FA-420, and FA-450. The FlashArray product line was uniquely positioned as the leader in scale-up, all-flash array (AFA) enterprise storage, differentiated as the most economic combination of performance and efficiency in its category. This past Monday at Pure’s inaugural Pure//Accelerate Conference, Pure Storage announced a product called FlashBlade. And this is where our story begins.

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Topics: Storage

Why Over Provisioning Will Not Guarantee Performance

Posted by Asena Hertz on Feb 22, 2016 8:00:50 AM

Over provisioned VMs in a line for the pool

With constant budget pressure, how do you address steadily increasing demands on your IT service model? How will you assure you are not leaving money on the table? There is a misconception about the relationship between hardware and application performance in the IT Industry. It seems so easy to respond to performance questions with more hardware. However, that answer is wasteful, and eventually incurs higher costs for cooling, powering and licensing. Even worse, it can lead to the unintended consequence of decreased application performance. To put it more bluntly:

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Topics: Virtualization, Storage

Why Mitigating Storage and Network Latency Should Be Like Self-driving Automobiles

Posted by Bosheng Song on Jan 29, 2016 7:00:06 AM

In today’s Internet age, we implement new technology and build new products to achieve one goal - to run applications faster, more fluent, and less “laggy”. However, even when we do have the capacity to power our applications, IT admins and developers often battle against the elusive frustration of storage and network latency [for some reason compute gets a pass :-) ].

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Topics: Networking and SDN, Storage

How Do I Manage My Storage? Operations Manager vs the Storage Control Module

Posted by Matt Vetter on Jan 22, 2016 9:18:03 AM

“I’m using NetApp as my SAN, how can I have VMTurbo see and manage my storage layer?” Due to the nature of how VMTurbo is often introduced, many immediately feel that VMTurbo is a platform exclusively for the compute and VM layers of the IT stack. Most likely, it’s due to the fact that the industry has traditionally created products this way, either focused on the compute layer, or focused on the storage layer. Or perhaps it’s because companies like NetApp, EMC, HP, Dell and Pure have put large investments into creating software products to manage their storage environments when it comes to auto-tiering, replication and thin provisioning. Either way, we often lack a method of easily mapping the interdependencies of an entire IT stack within our environment, and the ability to understand how to drive out risk when it comes to the relationship between the virtual environment and the SAN.

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Topics: Storage

Storage Performance & Growth Are Top Concerns for Data Center Professionals

Posted by Gabriel Audu on Nov 5, 2015 7:30:52 AM

In the Tintri 2015 State of Storage report, survey results indicate that for data center professionals ensuring storage system performance (50%) and managing data growth (40%) are top concerns. As the amount of stored data grows exponentially, management of this information remains an increasingly difficult challenge for many organizations to tackle.

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Topics: Storage

How to Efficiently Migrate VMs from Disk to Flash Storage

Posted by Will Searle on Oct 15, 2015 8:00:25 AM

Undoubtedly, flash storage is one of the most expensive commodities we can buy for our data centers. As a result, most companies are forced into a hybrid model where they run a combination of disk-based and flash storage. Notably, as the enterprise adoption of flash increases, the continuous prioritization of workloads on flash vs. disk is crucial to both performance and efficiency. In other words, workloads that demand a lot of IOPS should be able to access flash storage, while more idle workloads can do with disk. The challenge is ensuring the specific storage demands of these workloads are met continuously and in real time.

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Topics: Virtualization, Storage

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