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Software touts fast I/O acceleration in virtual environments

Posted: 01 Dec 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SanDisk  Microsoft  server  enterprise  software 

SanDisk Corp. has introduced what it flaunts as the next generation of FlashSoft software for Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft Hyper-V. This version of its FlashSoft server-side, solid state caching software promises to provide customers significant application performance acceleration gains, up to three to five times, especially in transactional and virtualised environments that often experience high I/O latency, indicated the company.

FlashSoft software, now updated for Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Linux operating systems, ensures that the most frequently accessed data (hot data) is serviced by server-side flash rather than slower back-end storage. This alleviates storage performance bottlenecks and accelerates applications by reducing response time, without mandating a large investment in hardware. Organisations running large database-driven applications on shared storage infrastructures typically experience high I/O latency as the primary constraint on application performance. FlashSoft software helps address the pain points of these enterprises by dramatically improving availability of hot data.

Leveraging FlashSoft, enterprises can accelerate application performance by a 4.38 times increase in transactions per second. In addition, the new file-level policy-based caching technology improves caching efficiency by allowing administrators to exclude specific files from the cache. Testing conducted by SanDisk showed caching with FlashSoft improved a SQL Server workload's performance by 2.8 times in a Windows Server Hyper-V environment, and that performance gain was increased to 5.9x when the file-exclusion feature was used to cache only the most critical data1.

FlashSoft also reduces traffic on storage networks and storage systems (SAN relief), which can prolong the useful life of current storage investments. Moreover, it also enables more workloads on accelerated hosts (increased workload density per host server), which can greatly reduce software license costs.

FlashSoft is compatible with any enterprise flash device including PCIe, NVMe, SAS or SATA interfaces from all vendors. The software runs in any standard x86-based server, working efficiently with both storage area network (SAN) and Direct Attached Storage (DAS) configurations.





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