There is no shortage of mysteries in the Data Center. These stealthy influencers can undermine performance and consistency of your environment, while remaining elusive to identify, quantify, and control. Virtualization helped expose some of this information, as it provided an ideal control plane for visibility. But it does not, and cannot properly expose all data necessary to account for these influencers.
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In many ways, making a good User Interface (UI) seems like a simple task. As evident by so many software makers over the years, it is anything but simple. A good UI looks elegant to the eye, and will become a part of muscle memory without even realizing it. A bad UI can feel like a cruel joke; designed to tease the brain, and frustrate the user. It’s never done intentionally of course. In fact, bad visual and functional designs happen in any industry all the time. Just think of your favorite ugly car. At some point there was an entire committee that gave it a thumbs up.
Scale out as opposed to scale up has the promise of allowing a solution to grow with the number of hosts in the cluster. But very often we see solutions that fail to live up to this promise. Why is scale out hard? Well, there are multiple reasons why scale out is hard and although the specifics of each solution are different the common theme is that
As you know we shipped PernixData FVP 3.0 version yesterday, but what you might not know is that we also shipped PernixData FVP Freedom Edition. This in my opinion is an exciting addition to the product family and based on the feedback we have already received it’s taking off in a major way!! Keep in mind this is totally free software with no restrictions or time limits.
I’m pleased to announce that PernixData FVP 3.0 has been released to the masses! This has been a combination of many long hours by our engineering and staff in order to reach this unprecedented milestone.
Some of the highlighted features in this release are a result of a seasoned approach to solving storage performance problems while keeping a keen outlook toward what the future holds! In this post I will mention at a high-level what some of the new features are but look for more detailed posts coming soon.
We in IT can sometimes be slow recognizing the power that we have. Take for example cloud computing. Over the last three decades we solely focused on aiding and assisting the business. We focused on improving their business operations, we automated their activities so they could increase their output or refine consistency of (product) development processes. Until we figure out that it was time to automate our internal processes, increase consistency of our provisioning operations.
When PernixData debuted FVP back in August 2013, for me there was one innovation in particular that stood out above the rest. The ability to accelerate writes (known as “Write Back” caching) on the server side, and do so in a fault tolerant way. Leverage fast media on the server side to drive microsecond write latencies to a VM while enjoying all of the benefits of VMware clustering (vMotion, HA, DRS, etc.).
One of the most difficult challenges in virtual datacenter (or cloud) design is performance isolation. Applications running in virtual machines expect or require a certain amount of resources to perform properly. In an ideal situation, the resource consumption of a virtual machine should not impact the performance of another virtual machine.