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Virtual Instruments rebrands Load DynamiX as WorkloadWisdom - TechTarget

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Virtual Instruments rebrands Load DynamiX as WorkloadWisdom
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Virtual Instruments and Load DynamiX merged in 2016 and kept the name of the larger company, as well as the original product names, until this week. "What we're really trying to focus on is workload intelligence -- understanding workload behavior ...

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Healthcare VDI ties strongly to high-performing storage - TechTarget

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Healthcare VDI ties strongly to high-performing storage
TechTarget
Flash storage: Flash gives users access to data while consuming less power and cooling compared with spinning storage drives. Flash is another technology that works well with VDI. Why is storage a headache in VDI? It often doesn't start out that way ...

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Virtual Instruments Updates Storage-Performance Monitoring Tool - Brinkwire (press release)

Virtual Storage Performance - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:02

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Virtual Instruments Updates Storage-Performance Monitoring Tool
Brinkwire (press release)
The new WorkloadWisdom provides administrators with a scalable high-performance platform for storage workload modeling, testing, validation and performance analysis. Virtual.Instruments.logo. Infrastructure performance management software maker Virtual ...

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Virtual Instruments debuts WorkloadWisdom, new version of its Load DynamiX Enterprise storage performance ... - CTR

Virtual Storage Performance - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:04

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Virtual Instruments debuts WorkloadWisdom, new version of its Load DynamiX Enterprise storage performance ...
CTR
Virtual Instruments released Tuesday WorkloadWisdom, its enhanced and rebranded version of its Load DynamiX Enterprise storage performance validation solution. In addition to delivering a superior methodology for validating storage performance based on ...

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Virtual Instruments Updates Storage-Performance Monitoring Tool - eWeek

Virtual Storage Performance - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:17

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Virtual Instruments Updates Storage-Performance Monitoring Tool
eWeek
The new WorkloadWisdom provides administrators with a scalable high-performance platform for storage workload modeling, testing, validation and performance analysis from production-to-the-lab. The company claims it delivers improvement in results ...

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Microsoft Network Performance Monitor Improves ExpressRoute Visibility - eWeek

Virtual Storage Performance - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:27

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Microsoft Network Performance Monitor Improves ExpressRoute Visibility
eWeek
Azure ExpressRoute provides businesses with a direct, private link to Microsoft's cloud, a tactic that bypasses the public internet, improving security and boosting reliability, two major considerations for running enterprise workloads in the cloud ...

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The Coming Intersection of HPC and the Enterprise Data Center – Forbes blog by John Webster

Analyst News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:32

High Performance Computing (HPC) traditionally exists as a separate and distinct discipline from enterprise data center computing. Both use the same basic components—servers, networks, storage arrays—but are optimized for different types of applications. Those within the data center are largely transaction-oriented while HPC applications crunch numbers and high volumes of data. However, an intersection is emerging, driven by more recently by business-oriented analytics that now fall under the general category of Artificial intelligence (AI).

Data-driven, customer-facing online services are advancing rapidly in many industries, including financial services (online trading, online banking), healthcare (patient portals, electronic health records), and travel (booking services, travel recommendations). The explosive, global growth of SaaS and online services is leading to major changes in enterprise infrastructure, with new application development methodologies, new database solutions, new infrastructure hardware and software technologies, and new datacenter management paradigms. This growth will only accelerate as emerging Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled technologies like connected health, smart industry, and smart city solutions come online in the form of as-a-service businesses.

Business is now about digital transformation. In the minds of many IT executives, this typically means delivering cloud-like business agility to its user groups—transform, digitize, become more agile. And it is often the case that separate, distinctly new cloud computing environments are stood-up alongside traditional IT to accomplish this. Transformational IT can now benefit from a shot of HPC.

HPC paradigms were born from the need to apply sophisticated analytics to large volumes of data gathered from multiple sources. Sound familiar? The Big Data way to say the same thing was “Volume, Variety, Velocity.” With the advent of cloud technologies, HPC applications have leveraged storage and processing delivered from shared, multi-tenant infrastructure. Many of the same challenges addressed by HPC practitioners are now faced by modern enterprise application developers.

As enterprise cloud infrastructures continue to grow in scale while delivering increasingly sophisticated analytics, we will see a move toward new architectures that closely resemble those employed by modern HPC applications. Characteristics of new cloud computing architectures include independent scaling compute and storage resources, continued advancement of commodity hardware platforms, and software-defined datacenter technologies—all of which can benefit from an infusion of HPC technologies. These are now coming from the traditional HPC vendors—HPEIBM and Intelwith its 3D-XPoint for example—as well as some new names like NVIDIA, the current leader in GPU cards for the AI market.

To extract better economic value from their data, enterprises can now more fully enable machine learning and deep neural networks by integrating HPC technologies. They can merge the performance advantages of HPC with AI applications running on commodity hardware platforms. Instead of reinventing the wheel, the HPC and Big Data compute-intensive paradigms are now coming together to provide organizations with the best of both worlds. HPC is advancing into the enterprise data center and it’s been a long time coming.

 

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Virtual Instruments Introduces WorkloadWisdom, the App-Centric Version of its Industry-Leading Storage Performance ... - GlobeNewswire (press release)

Virtual Storage Performance - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 08:00

Virtual Instruments Introduces WorkloadWisdom, the App-Centric Version of its Industry-Leading Storage Performance ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virtual Instruments, the leader in application-centric infrastructure performance management (IPM), today announced WorkloadWisdom, a significantly enhanced and rebranded version of its Load DynamiX ...

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Virtual Instruments Introduces WorkloadWisdom, the App-Centric Version of its Industry-Leading Storage Performance ... - GlobeNewswire (press release)

Virtual Storage Performance - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 08:00

Virtual Instruments Introduces WorkloadWisdom, the App-Centric Version of its Industry-Leading Storage Performance ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virtual Instruments, the leader in application-centric infrastructure performance management (IPM), today announced WorkloadWisdom, a significantly enhanced and rebranded version of its Load DynamiX ...
Load Dynamix is now WorkloadWisdom and adds more NAS supportComputerWeekly.com
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Load Dynamix is now WorkloadWisdom and adds more NAS support - ComputerWeekly.com

Virtual Storage Performance - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:06

Load Dynamix is now WorkloadWisdom and adds more NAS support
ComputerWeekly.com
Last year, following the purchase of Xangati in 2016, Virtual Instruments added some ability to monitor public cloud storage performance. This includes support for Netflow Cisco IP traffic monitoring – but are there plans to add support for hybrid ...

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What Comes after CI and HCI? – Composable Infrastructures

Analyst News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 18:07

There’s an evolution occurring in IT infrastructure that’s providing alternatives to the traditional server-, storage- and SAN-based systems enterprises have used for the past two decades or so. This evolution was first defined by “hyperscalers”, the big public cloud and social media companies, and encompasses multiple technology approaches like Converged, Hyperconveged and now Composable Infrastructures. This blog will discuss these combined “Integrated Infrastructure” approaches and look at how they attempt to address evolving needs of IT organizations.

Hyper-scale Infrastructures

Companies like Google, Facebook and AWS had to address a number of challenges including huge data sets, unpredictable capacity requirements and dynamic business environments (first, public cloud and social media, now IoT, AI, etc.) that stressed the ability of traditional IT to deliver services in a timely fashion. So they created a new model for IT that incorporated software-based architectures (developed internally), that ran on standard hardware and provided the needed flexibility, scale and cost-containment.

But enterprise IT doesn’t have the expertise to support this kind of do-it-yourself infrastructure, nor the desire to dedicate the resources or take on the risk. In general, enterprises want to use trusted suppliers and have clear systems responsibility. They need much of what hyper-scale systems provided, but with integrated solutions that are simple to operate, quick to deploy and easy to configure and re-configure.

CI, SDS and HCI

Converged Infrastructure solutions were some of the first attempts at an integrated infrastructure, creating certified stacks of existing servers, storage, networking components and server virtualization that companies bought by the rack. Some were sold as turnkey solutions by the manufacturer and others were sold as reference architectures that VARs or enterprises themselves could implement. They reduced the integration required and gave companies a rack-scale architecture that minimized set up costs and deployment time.

Hyperconverged Infrastructures (HCIs) took this to the next level, actually combining the storage and compute functions into modules that users could deploy themselves. Scaling was easy too, just add more nodes. At the heart of this technology was a software-defined storage (SDS) layer that virtualized the physical storage on each node and presented it to a hypervisor that ran on each node as well, to support workloads and usually the SDS package itself.

HCIs come in several formats, from a turnkey appliance sold by the HCI manufacturer to a software-only model where the customer chooses their hardware vendor. Some enterprises even put together their own HCI-like solution, running an SDS package on a compatible server chassis and adding the hypervisor.

While Converged and Hyperconverged Infrastructures provide value to the enterprise, they don’t really provide solution for every use case. HCIs were great as a consolidation play for the lower end, SMB and mid-market companies. Enterprises use them too, but more for independent projects or remote environments that need a turnkey infrastructure solution. In general, they’re not using HCIs for mainstream data center applications because of concerns about creating silos of infrastructure and vendor lock-in, but also a feeling that the the technology lacks maturity and isn’t “mission critical” (based on 2017 Evaluator Group Study “HCI in the Enterprise”).

While they’re comprised of traditional IT infrastructure components, CIs present a system that’s certainly mature and capable of handling mission critical workloads. But CIs are also relatively expensive and inflexible, since they’re essentially bundles of legacy servers, storage and networking gear, instead of software-defined modules of commodity hardware with a common management platform. They also lack the APIs and programmable aspects that can support automation, agility and cloud connectivity.

Composable Infrastructure

Composable Infrastructure (CPI) is a comprehensive, rack-scale compute solution that combines some characteristics of both Converged and Hyperconverged Infrastructures. CPI disaggregates and then pools physical resources, allocating them at run time for a specific compute job, then returns them to the pool. It provides a comprehensive compute environment that supports applications running in VMs, containers and bare metal OS.

CPI doesn’t use SDS, as HCIs do, to share the storage pool, but supports direct-attachment of storage devices (like drives and SSDs), eliminating the SDS software latency and cost. CPI also doesn’t require a hypervisor to run an SDS layer or workloads. Instead, it creates bare metal server instances that can support containers or a hypervisor if desired, reducing software licensing and hypervisor lock-in.

Composable Infrastructures are stateless architectures, meaning they’re assembled at run time, and can be controlled by 3rd party development platforms and management tools through APIs. This improves agility and makes CPI is well suited for automation. For more information see the Technology Insight paper “Composable – the Next Step in Integrated Infrastructures”.

 

The amount and diversity of technology available in infrastructure products can be overwhelming for those trying to evaluate appropriate solutions. In this blog we discuss pertinent topics to help IT professionals think outside the checkbox of features and functionality.

The post What Comes after CI and HCI? – Composable Infrastructures appeared first on Evaluator Group.

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Analysis Gap Puts Medical R&D at Risk; Condusiv Has Solutions - Benzinga

Virtual Storage Performance - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 07:22

Analysis Gap Puts Medical R&D at Risk; Condusiv Has Solutions
Benzinga
Condusiv Technologies is the world leader in software-only storage performance solutions for virtual and physical server environments, enabling systems to process more data in less time for faster application performance. Condusiv guarantees to solve ...

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Analysis Gap Puts Medical R&D at Risk; Condusiv Has Solutions - PR Web (press release)

Virtual Storage Performance - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 07:08

Analysis Gap Puts Medical R&D at Risk; Condusiv Has Solutions
PR Web (press release)
Condusiv Technologies is the world leader in software-only storage performance solutions for virtual and physical server environments, enabling systems to process more data in less time for faster application performance. Condusiv guarantees to solve ...

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When implementing VDI, look to storage enhancements - TechTarget

VDI Storage Performance News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:05

When implementing VDI, look to storage enhancements
TechTarget
In the past, implementing VDI has resulted in challenges and false starts. IT managers have endured painful experiences in which installations have been unsuccessful, especially when hospital staff members noticed lags in app performance when switching ...

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Systems and Storage News Roundup (2/5-2/12)

Analyst News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:48

Systems and Storage News Roundup (2/5-2/12)

 

 

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

 

Actifio

2/12 – Escaping the Gravitational Pull of Big-Data

CA Technologies

2/8 – Erica Christensen, CA Technologies, Discusses The Importance of Producing STEM10

Cisco

2/5 – Global Cloud Index Projects Cloud Traffic to Represent 95 Percent of Total Data Center Traffic by 2021

Dell EMC

2/6 – Dell EMC Expands Server Capabilities for Software-defined, Edge and High-Performance Computing

Huawei

2/8 – Huawei Releases E2E Cloud VR System Prototype

Infinidat

2/6 – Infinidat Backup Appliance: When the Quality and Cost of Storage Really Matters

MapR

2/8 – MapR Simplifies End-to-End Workflow for Data Scientists

Maxta

2/8 – Five Requirements for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Software

NEC

2/9 – NEC Succeeds in Simultaneous Digital Beamforming That Supports 28 GHz Band For 5G Communications

Oracle

2/12 – Oracle Cloud Growth Driving Aggressive Global Expansion

Supermicro Computer

2/7 – Supermicro Expands Edge Computing and Network Appliance Portfolio with New High Density SoC Solutions

SwiftStack

2/9 – Multicloud Storage Mitigates Risk of Public Cloud Lock-In

Tintri

2/5 – Automation and The Age of The Self-Driving Data Center

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Hyper-converged infrastructure 2018 technology and market survey - ComputerWeekly.com

Virtual Storage Performance - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:47

Hyper-converged infrastructure 2018 technology and market survey
ComputerWeekly.com
This means storage and compute (virtual machines) compete for the same processors and memory. In general, this could be seen as a benefit because it reduces wasted resources. However, in the light of the recent Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities, I/O ...

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Siemens' Datrium NVMe flash speeds customer software deployment - ComputerWeekly.com

Virtual Storage Performance - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:16

Siemens' Datrium NVMe flash speeds customer software deployment
ComputerWeekly.com
By doing away with SCSI, NVMe can boosts flash performance exponentially. That can be achieved by simply slotting it into servers, but currently a key stumbling block to achieving NVMe's potential in a shared storage environment is the ability to ...

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