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.
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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.
We just completed the first full fiscal year of shipping our flagship software, PernixData FVP.
I’m not sure when it happened exactly, but it seems like every action movie is now filmed in 3D. At some point – probably after Avatar killed it in the box office despite a painfully mediocre plot – it was determined that 3D filming created a better viewing experience and was feasible for mass market consumption. So here we are, with every blockbuster action movie coming out with a 3D option…
Recently, we did a social media push using the hashtag #AFAnotAOK. The responses were very polarized, with people either loving or hating the term.
In the series’ previous post we took a walk down memory lane and reviewed the evolution of In Memory Computing (IMC) over the last few decades. In this blog post we will deep dive into a couple of specific implementations of IMC to better understand both the innovations that have happened to date and their limitations.
My story starts about 3 years ago, where at the time I was the Information Systems director for a large non-profit in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the initiatives at the time was to become 100% virtualized in 6 months; and there were obviously many tasks that needed to be accomplished before reaching that milestone. The first task was to upgrade the storage platform, as we had already surpassed the performance characteristics for the current workloads.
Editor’s note: This is one of a series of guest posts from PernixData customers.
Author: Nick Casagrande, Southern Waste Systems
After recently deploying PernixData software to assist in my Citrix XenDesktop deployment at Southern Waste, I decided to put together a collection of thoughts and best practices as it relates to this new design.
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