Solid State Disk (SSD) technology is one of the hottest IT areas in 2012. The
promise to eliminate storage IO bottlenecks and increase application
performance, enable server virtualization, enable data center growth, and
reduce IT costs has prompted 83% of all IT departments to consider SSD. But
those planning an SSD deployment face a variety of deployment choices.
Moreover, choosing poorly can yield large expense, disruption to existing IT
environments, and a complex new set of storage management tasks.
Join Brian Garrett, Vice President at the Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. and
Peter Velikin from VeloBit, Inc. for a comprehensive overview of the key
considerations you must make when building your SSD strategy. This webinar is
intended to help IT executives make wise decisions. You will see first-hand
research on the actual vs. perceived benefits organi... (more)
This blog starts a series of blogs we will post regarding Virtual Desktop
Infrastructure or VDI. To directly quote wikipedia "VDI is a
desktop-centric service that hosts user's desktop environments on remote
servers and/or blade PCs, which are accessed over a network using a remote
display protocol." Basically, VDI means a user can access their desktop
from any terminal device capable of running the remote display protocol.
Further, VDI runs a complete implementation of a typical desktop OS (e.g.,
Windows XP, Windows 7, etc.) as a virtual machine on the host server. There
For years, the solution to IO bottlenecks has been pretty consistent: (1) add
spindles to decrease seek time and increase throughput, and (2) add as much
RAM as you can so your filesystems and applications can cache hot data and
avoid disk access entirely.
These brute-force attempts to gain performance are inherently flawed and
costly. The price of increasing the number of disks in an array adds up
quick, to say nothing of the investment in additional JBODs when you run out
of slots in your array. And although the cost of consumer-grade memory has
fallen, relying upon RAM for... (more)
File System Alignment for SSDs
There are many techniques and methods that can be used to tune an IT system
to improve overall system performance. SSD caching is widely being used as
a low cost, easy to implement method to quickly increase performance with
little or no impact on existing operations. One thing that needs to be
considered when choosing SSD caching is how to configure a file system to
maximize the performance increase SSD caching provides.
Operating Systems and Block Size
In the past few years, the sector size of HDDs has increased from 512 bytes
to 4k bytes. Relat... (more)
Hey there; the IT Dog back with some color commentary on our VDI experience.
When I first heard the name, I thought VDI was the latest model Volkswagen
diesel, but as the guy with the suit explained in the last blog, VDI is
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Now that you know what VDI means, I am sure
you know all there is to know about it, right? Well, I wish it was that
easy for me.
Where Do I Begin?
I guess I’ll start from the beginning. At my company, my IT guys were at
their wits end trying to manage the 1000 or so desktops, spread out over four
different locations, with va... (more)