Tuning the Cloud for Primary Storage

TwinStrata Test Drive Part 2 – Cache Intelligence

One of the biggest concerns for IT managers considering cloud storage for primary data is how to make sure that the inherent latency of an internet connection does not impact the required performance of users and applications. Hybrid appliances have tried to address this by keeping a percentage of the most active data local at all times. Few systems though have the ability to fine tune how this local storage is used. TwinStrata has a unique ability to create multiple cache areas to fine tune the use of the local storage area to specific applications.

As the video below shows, in this month’s test drive of the TwinStrata Cloud Array software we tested the unique cache fine tuning capabilities to intelligently fine tune the cache for a specific use case. We created three separate caches, one for our SQL Server, one for our File Server and one for our Archive Server. We adjusted the size of these caches from SQL use case where all of the data remained local to the Archive use case where almost none of the data remained local.

With the setup of the caches complete we then went to work using the TwinStrata interface to create volumes with each of the above servers. As has been the case now 45 days + into the test everything went flawlessly.

In a few weeks as we begin to fill these volumes up we will show data being recalled from the TwinStrata Cloud. For now though the TwinStrata Cloud Array continues to be fast, simple and reliable. More importantly it is also customizable to the specific use cases that a data center will require.

TwinStrata is a client of Storage Switzerland

George Crump is the Chief Marketing Officer of StorONE. Prior to StorONE, George spent almost 14 years as the founder and lead analyst at Storage Switzerland, which StorONE acquired in March of 2020. In his spare time, he continues to write blogs on Storage Switzerland to educate IT professionals on all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought-after public speaker. With over 30 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS, SAN, Virtualization, Cloud, and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration, and product selection.

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One comment on “Tuning the Cloud for Primary Storage
  1. […] Version 4.0 of TwinStrata’s CloudArray appliance provides CIFS and Active Directory Support. A NAS volume and associated cloud cache is configured similarly to an iSCSI volume and cache as Storage Switzerland demonstrated in its CloudArray Test Drive “Tuning The Cloud For Primary Storage“. […]

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