VMware Aware SSD Caching

While there are a number of software caching solutions each has potentially significant weaknesses. They are either owned by a hardware vendor, which can limit choice or they don’t fully support the hypervisor or guest OS that the customer is most concerned about. As we learned in this video briefing Proximal Data CEO Rory Bolt they may be set to solve these problems.

Proximal Data delivers a server side, software-based caching solution that can work with a variety of solid state flash hardware solutions including PCIe controllers and SSDs. Proximal Data’s AutoCache solution works at the hypervisor level, meaning that it does not require a driver in the guest OS. Because it runs at the hypervisor level it coordinates its actions with the hypervisor. AutoCache supports vMotion, Distributed Resource Manager (DRS), VMware High Availability (HA) and vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI). This means that cached data is fully in sync with the virtual environment so that data integrity is maintained.

For more details on the Proximal Data’s AutoCache, see our Product Spotlight Here.

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and 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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