Flash Storage Offers Fast Path to VDI, Better App Performance
Astute Delivers Networked Flash Storage to Accelerate Application Performance by 10X
February 22, 2013 --
Author: John Moore, CIO.com
Astute was recently featured in an article titled "Flash Storage Offers Fast Path to VDI, Better App Performance" in the February 19th issue of CIO.com. Below is an excerpt from the article which covers the topic of flash storage.
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As traditional storage environments hinder application performance and increase latency, enterprises are turning to flash storage to improve performance and implement virtual desktop infrastructure. More widespread use of flash storage, though, may require vendors to be flexible with their pricing.
Flash Reduces Latency, Boosts Performance
Boosting application performance was the key factor at Visioneer, a scanner manufacturer based in Pleasanton, Calif.
Walt Thinfen, Visioneer's vice president and CIO, says the company began encountering difficulties after virtualizing many core applications. Latency problems impacted I/O intensive applications, including SAP and Exchange, which support U.S. and worldwide operations in Canada, Europe and Latin America.
"We started having problems with critical business applications. It became very clear to us that we had do something," Thinfen says.
Visioneer, he says, could abandon the virtualized environment - but that would have meant going back to large, application-specific servers. Instead, the company pursued flash. Thinfen says a friend recommended a flash storage appliance from Astute Networks. The company brought in Astute's ViSX G3 appliance for an evaluation and soon moved its SAP R3 production environment to the platform.
"Very quickly, the performance problem that we were having went away," Thinfen says, adding that the SAP bottleneck had been the company's biggest pain point.
ViSX, he says, provided a 1,500 percent read-performance boost on apps such as SAP and Exchange. Faster performance also means Visioneer can hit its backup window. Previously, overnight backups had still been running when the company's European operations were opening for business the next morning.
As with TripPak and Imperial PFS, Visioneer plans to expand the use of flash storage. "We are actually looking to push it to other pieces of our business," Thinfen says. "As other storage products we have reach three years plus [of age], we are going to be swapping them out for some of the Astute storage."
John Moore has written on business and technology topics for more than 20 years. His areas of focus include mobile app development, health IT, cloud computing, government IT and distribution channels.
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