One of the services Collier IT offers to our customers is Oracle licensing optimization, especially at the core technology (Database) tier. Some of the triggers for this are mergers, acquisitions, license audits, or budget cuts.
All communications in an application stack generally take a few microseconds. Some take a few milliseconds which results in higher latency also known as long tail latency.
Collier IT customers have been embracing CISC-based solutions for a number of years, with chip architectures ranging from x86 to AMD to x64. Performance of these systems continues to improve with core count and memory size. Architectures vary from single systems with attached storage to converged infrastructure systems with extremely fast (and expensive) storage options.
Whether your company runs on Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM Db2, MySQL, IBM Informix, PostgreSQL, or MongoDB, your database is a complex machine that relies on maintenance to function well. A database health check is essential to identify problematic sections so you can enhance your database in the areas that aren’t operating at their fullest potential.
Collier IT has extensive experience guiding customers through modernization utilizing converged infrastructure solutions. In a number of cases, this process revolves around licensing cost sustainability as well as price/performance of low-end converged infrastructure, virtualized blades, and high-end converged infrastructure. Recently, the release of the new RISC processors has generated interest to see how they might compare in this type of evaluation.
Sometimes the best way to advance the state of technology is to return to past architectures. I call this approach "back to the future" innovation.v
At a young age, we are pre-programmed to believe that high performance is expensive. As kids, we played with toy cars of Ferrari and Porsche that are known for performance but associated with high cost and only the rich typically own. Additionally, such cars are not known for efficiency or for that matter reliability until the dawn of Tesla electric cars. Tesla offers high-performance acceleration, zero gas costs, low cost of operation and it truly transforms the pre-programmed thinking. Unfortunately, the acquisition cost of a Tesla is not that affordable for everyone, yet.
The rate in which applications can complete their tasks for your business can often determine the success of your business. Many successful businesses segment their applications by their contribution to revenue or profit. These businesses have made the leap in their IT strategies from IT as a resource (that is shared in many cases) to IT as a success criterion for a specific part of their business. AFAs or all-flash arrays is one approach to solve the need for speed, however not all AFAs solve application problems well.
NVMe has been one of the hottest topics in the storage industry for a while now. Rightfully so, it is making an impact in the storage industry and moving computing forward. For storage vendors and customers alike, it is important to be ready as certain aspects of NVMe become standard. There are two key aspects of NVMe, as it promises to solve backend bottlenecks to flash devices and improve the SAN performance to servers over fabrics. In this blog, I will share my perspective on NVMe flash modules and how, here at Violin, we solve the flash device performance aspect.
With all the technology approaches in the market place to modernize IT, it is a challenge to maneuver through all the noise and figure out which is the best approach for you and your company. Whether you are considering cloud, hyper-converged, revolutionary database products, or a new dev ops program, it all seems daunting. In recent conversations and blogs that I have read, any of these changes need to be accompanied by a change in cultural and skill set. The complexity of the changes and the impact they have on an organization reminds me of the process I went through to decide whether or not to modernize my existing home or buy new.