Making storage decisions today is harder than ever. Between traditional storage suppliers and new vendors, there are a seemingly endless range of storage offerings on the market. From conventional SAN and NAS systems to all flash and hybrid arrays, to converged storage platforms and server-side caching solutions. In this chalk-talk video, Storage Switzerland’s Lead Analyst, George Crump and Len Rosenthal, VP of Marketing at Load DynamiX take us through the process of simplifying your storage decisions.
Vetting out how certain technologies will perform under real-world application workloads is at best, an uncertain science. If you’re lucky enough to have the time (and the money for equipment) to perform application testing in a lab environment, you might be able to reproduce a scaled down version of your production workloads and get a “feel” for how well a given storage technology will perform. But often these types of tests are conducted using freeware tools like “iometer” that aren’t capable of representing all the various nuances of your unique application workloads.
Most IT planners are instinctively aware of this and realize that they will never truly know if a new storage system will function well until it is actually implemented and running in production. As a result, there is often a tendency to over-architect storage systems to compensate for the unknown. This typically results in project cost over-runs.
This calls for an automated way to accurately determine whether a specific storage offering will deliver an operational benefit to the business. Watch the video to learn how Load DynamiX Performance Validation Appliances can help take the guesswork out of storage performance testing. In addition to significantly reducing the investments required for lab infrastructure, the Load DynamiX offering allows IT planners to pinpoint their actual production storage requirements; making the purchase “fudge factor” a thing of the past and most importantly, helping to reduce storage expenditures.
For more on Performance Validation “Are You Planning For Storage Performance?” and “Is it Time to Upgrade Your Storage Evaluation Process?”
Load DynamiX is a client of Storage Switzerland