Configuration Optimization

Overview

The Load DynamiX Configuration Optimization solution enables storage professionals to optimize the performance, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of their storage systems.

Cost-conscious IT organizations like F5 and Oracle use Load DynamiX Enterprise to ensure that they don’t under-provision or over-provision and overpay for storage.

Details

Tiering, caching, SSD/HDD mix

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Vary compression ratio, load and block size to find the throughput, IOPS, and latency sweet spots.

Your Challenges
The process of optimizing storage configurations has become much more challenging with the increase in storage scale, complexity, and new technologies such as solid state.

  • With nearly 40% of IT hardware budgets spent on storage, optimizing your configurations to ensure that you’re not overpaying is more critical than ever
  • Storage under-provisioning results in dissatisfied users and potentially lost revenues
  • Not enough people, time, and resources to adequately perform accurate testing and evaluation of the various configuration options available in today’s modern storage arrays. Legacy techniques are neither comprehensive nor cost-effective.
  • What is the right mix of HDDs vs. SSDs? How do I determine if traditional hard drive-based storage is most appropriate for my workloads versus hybrids or All flash arrays (AFAs)?

Don’t believe the hype. With the flurry of new technologies (SSDs, object storage, caching/tiering, dedup/compression) promising faster, cheaper and better storage solutions. Choose right with Load DynamiX Enterprise.


Load DynamiX Enterprise Solution Overview
Develop a workload model that allows you to accurately simulate how well the target storage systems under consideration will perform based on a variety of real-world testing scenarios.

No need to rely on vendor claims and freeware benchmarking tools that simply are not representative of your production environment.

Determine the optimal storage price/performance configuration by varying dozens of settings like read/write ratio, random/sequential ratio, block/file size, compression/dedupe and queue depth.

Load DynamiX Enterprise enables you to:

  1. Characterize Workloads – via our Workload Data Importer, you characterize and create accurate workload models from statistics collected from your actual production environment.
  2. Model Workloads – We help you build workload models, maintain libraries of repeatable scenarios and results, schedule validation scenarios for execution, and analyze the results visually.
  3. Emulate Workloads At Scale – Load DynamiX Enterprise's load generation appliances are purpose built devices and software that have been optimized to generate and drive extreme storage workloads across a wide variety of storage protocols and interfaces.

Configuration Optimization Solution Advantages
  1. Performance assurance: Ensure your chosen storage solutions will meet performance SLAs under your specific workloads. Ensure configurations are aligned to application workload performance requirements.
  2. Reduced storage costs: Reduce over-provisioning and choose the best configuration for your specific workloads. Quantify the effects of literally hundreds of configuration options including deduplication, compression, virtualization, fan-in / fan-out ratios, multipathing types, queue depths, block size, and tiering.
  3. Acceleration of new application deployments: Accelerate time to market by validating new applications and their supporting infrastructure configurations; making deployment decisions more confidently.
  4. Competitive Advantage: Improve competitive advantage by increased flexibility and full scalability of testing alternatives. Re-allocate engineering and QA resources from test-writing, test creation and re-configuration, to other strategic efforts.

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Case Study


Load DynamiX Validates EMC Isilon Solutions Meet Customer Performance Objectives at Leading Insurance Company

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“Using Load DynamiX has limited our downtime and gives us a huge cost benefit. We’re maximizing the use of the storage arrays and configuring them in the most efficient way.”

– Principal Cloud Architect at GE
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