ChalkTalk Video: Can Windows hurt Flash Performance?

Today when an IT Pro faces a performance problem on a Windows-based server running applications like MS-SQL, Exchange and SharePoint, they often turn to a flash-based storage solution. Those IT professionals may be surprised to hear they should try something else first to get the most from existing systems and any new flash investment. In our latest ChalkTalk video we explain how a fragmented logical disk inflates IOPS and dampens SAN performance, and we will provide some ideas on how to solve that problem – hint: it’s not defragging.

Fix  Fragmented Disk, Even If You Flash

As we discuss in our video an application that eliminates fragmentation can can add value even after a flash upgrade. It reduces the amount of I/Os needed to retrieve data by as much as 25%, allowing optimal flash performance. No matter where you are on your flash journey, fragmentation should not be something you take along for the ride. But it is important that the process does not introduce a performance penalty or application downtime. The key is to look for a solution that can work inline with the Windows Operating System so that data is always written in contiguous form and actual defragmentation is never needed.

For more information see our briefing note

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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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