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Why Low Latency Matters

Enterprise Applications and Dynamic Business Workloads Demand Faster and Faster Response Times

Applications are driving the enterprise, whether it is a relatively simple application used by millions of customers or a complex, scalable database that drives an organization’s back end. 1,700 more words


Baking a cake: trading CPU for IO?

Sometimes I hear people claim that by using faster storage, you can save on database licenses. True or false?

The idea is that many database servers are suffering from IO wait – which actually means that the processors are waiting for data to be transferred to or from storage – and in the meantime, no useful work can be done. 684 more words


Responsiveness: THE Storage Watchword for 2016

In our last entry we published our top 25 most read articles of 2015. Analysis of that list shows five key trends that IT professionals are trying to wrap their heads around as we enter 2016, but these trends can be summed up in one word; responsiveness. 570 more words


Unintended Consequences - All-Flash Arrays are Shrinking the Storage Market

The consensus outcome of reports on the ‘state of the storage market’ shows a market that is in decline by at least 10 percent. Those same research firms indicate that overall data capacity is… 682 more words


Software Defined Storage meets Parallel I/O

In terms of storage performance, the actual drive  is no longer the bottleneck. Thanks to flash storage, attention has turned to the hardware and software  that surrounds them, especially the capabilities of the CPU that drives the storage software. 1,665 more words


Handy tips for using FreeNAS/iSCSI in the lab

Recently I revamped my lab storage with the addition of a HP Microserver Gen8 and a dual-port Emulex OCe10102 10GbE card.  After some initial struggles with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3, I decided to go back to FreeNAS 9.3. 1,017 more words


VDI - Problems and current considerations

In my last posting, I wrote about my history with VDI, and some of the complications I dealt with as these things moved forward. In these cases, the problems we encountered were largely amplified exponentially when scaling the systems up. 568 more words