What if you could get faster performance out of your VMware environment? You’d do it.
Stifling I/O bottlenecks, shrinking backup windows, and unplanned outages are commonplace concerns shared among data center architects rolling out their virtual data center and cloud.
Virtual machine (VM) growth tends to escalate as data centers get comfortable with virtualization technologies. But, growth often gets hampered by the lowest common denominator if not addressed as part of the implementation plan.
A few months back, I used the DeLorean with the flux capacitor from the old Back to the Future movies as an analogy to supercharging applications through data path optimization. Now, if you recall, in the second installment of this famed movie series, the fictional character Doc Brown went into the future to retrofit his DeLorean time machine with the power of flight. Similarly, upgrading your path management to optimize your virtual environment can make your data center seemingly levitate—and eliminate many of the concerns for virtual and cloud deployments.
How is replication relevant in today’s world of virtualization and cloud computing?
Since the dawn of the information age, replication for disaster recovery has been business as usual for the data center.
In more recent times, many business intelligence tools have emerged that also use replication. But, these processes are relegated to the night shift, meaning done outside of the normal business day.
Fast forward to today and this approach doesn’t stand up to the 24×7 mentality of the modern world and the global, virtual data center.
Add to this never-sleep mentality, rapid data growth and new uses for (big) data warehouses and you can see the need for replication technologies that push the boundaries of data recovery and also feed the analytics engines that drive business intelligence decisions.
Getting there means embracing the not always obvious reasons for replication and retooling and re-organizing to deliver self-service models and to scale.
Key to a successful journey is taking an application and replica management approach to replication. Continue reading
What’s the connection between server Flash and storage Flash?
Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about server Flash here at EMC.
The EMC implementation of PCIe server cache or EMC VFCache makes for a very good application performance story. It augments EMC storage-based Flash (i.e. EMC FAST) for optimal data storage just nicely.
These technologies will most assuredly help you deal with the challenges that come with the significant server virtualization and storage growth projected.
But, focusing on server and storage optimization alone is like reading only the beginning and the end of a good story and missing all the excitement that happens in between. It’s the total package that makes for the most rewarding experience. You need a comprehensive approach to optimizing server, storage—and network.
Fortunately, there is a way to optimize the connections between your servers and storage to get the most out of these new technologies. Continue reading
What if you could optimize your data paths to get the most out of your storage investment?
You’d do it, unless you had money to burn. You’ve got a lot invested in hardware and software and an angry mob—er, users—at your door.
In the 1985 movie Back to the Future, Doc Brown created the Flux Capacitor to kick his DeLorean automobile into another time period.
No amount of fossil fuel was going to get him and his ride to his destination.
Similarly, with today’s sophisticated data centers, no amount of hardware or manual intervention is going to tune the data path connections between servers and storage to provide the performance, availability, and scaling you need.
You need a path management solution that will put your data paths into overdrive. Continue reading