Any IT project will succeed or fail based on the quality of planning, communication and execution: A drama-free data migration is no exception.
Increasing the performance of SQL Server workloads remains a hot topic. Given the importance that tabular data plays not only in your organization, but also that of your trading partners, it’s not at all surprising that this remains of considerable interest. Recently, Sumeet and I took the time to articulate the value proposition for using flash storage in an SQL Server environment. If you’d like to learn a bit more, I invite you to watch this webinar:
The Windows Flash Array (WFA) is all about high throughput, low latency, scalability, and balanced performance. We previously discussed its high throughput, and in this blog, we are going to focus on how latency really matters, especially if you want your databases to hum along providing copious value to your enterprise.
As you probably already know, Violin Systems has announced all-flash arrays integrated with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2, dubbed the Windows Flash Array. If you’ve had a chance to give them the once over, it’s obvious that they are a far cry from a white box server with JBOD attached running Windows Storage Server.
Scott M. Johnson
Senior Program Manager, Windows Storage Server
Jim Thomas, Director of IT Operations at Pella, discusses the business case for running his critical applications on Violin Systems, even with 10 months left on his existing SAN storage:
This post is part of a series of posts (starting with XtremIO - At the Bit Level) where I will explain not only the significant architectural failings of the XtremIO product, but also the fundamentally and deliberately misleading way they have presented their product to the market, in my opinion.
During EMC’s launch of their XtremIO product, they made a number of jaw dropping claims, which they now seem to be trying to pretend were never said, such as one XtremIO blogger who comments:
“One of the eye opening claims we made during our launch on November 14th was that the XtremIO array doesn’t have any system-level garbage collection processes. In the coverage and chatter that followed our launch we noticed that some people interpreted this to mean that the flash in our arrays was somehow impervious to the need for garbage collection, which of course is impossible. To be clear, all flash requires garbage collection. What matters is where and how it is performed. With XtremIO, performance is always consistent and predictable because garbage collection is handled in a very novel way, only possible with XtremIO’s unique architecture.”
What is the very novel way that XtremIO handles garbage collection? What is it about their architecture that is so unique that only their approach makes this possible? In this second post, we try and answer these questions, and we are sure the answers will surprise you.
No two IT Managers have the same business needs. No two administrators face the same set of tasks. Why then should the management interface be static and common to all? Violin Symphony, our comprehensive management platform, tackles this challenge head-on with fully customizable and personalized Dashboards.
Let’s face it – every management tool claims ‘full customization and complete personalization’ – so what’s different with Symphony? Well, the difference lies in the many levels of intelligent and useful customization that Symphony provides you: