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Virtual Instruments Debuts Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2; Improves Storage Performance Testing and Workload Analysis Capabilities

Enhancements provide on-demand insights that empower storage architects and engineers to better understand I/O workload performance across hybrid data center environments

SAN JOSE, Calif. – December 7, 2016 – Virtual Instruments, the leader in application-centric infrastructure performance management, today announced enhancements to its Load DynamiX Enterprise platform, an integrated solution for workload acquisition, analysis, modeling and performance analytics. The premier solution for storage workload performance validation and testing, Load DynamiX Enterprise gives storage architects, engineers and operations managers insights into how workload behavior affects storage system performance in production. This enables IT teams to innovate with confidence, mitigate risks and proactively avoid infrastructure performance issues.

Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2 gives customers the ability to assess the performance of storage infrastructures employing the latest Microsoft-based solutions – such as Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, as well as Hyper-V – using the new SMB3 Workload Model, including SMB3 Encryption support. Included with version 5.2 is the new Iteration Explorer, available for all workloads, which provides storage architects with critical insights on demand to very quickly determine the storage infrastructure’s blind spots at full production scale. In addition, customers using the new version along with Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom platform can now more efficiently use Load DynamiX Enterprise to visualize their production workload data to better understand their workload I/O characteristics due to the improved integration between the two product lines. Also announced today, Version 5.4 of the Load DynamiX Workload Generation Appliance and Test Development Environment provides powerful improvements to iSCSI and object workload modeling capabilities and important insights into the utilization history of Workload Generation Appliances in test labs where the appliances are heavily utilized.

“Our goal is to help applications and infrastructure perform better together by providing customers the most critical insights from their data,” said Tim Van Ash, senior vice-president of products at Virtual Instruments. “The Load DynamiX Enterprise enhancements achieve that while empowering IT teams to intelligently deploy storage infrastructure, proactively identify and resolve performance problems, and stay at the forefront of software-defined and converged storage technologies.”

Additional key features from the Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2 and Workload Generation Appliance 5.4 release include:

  • Temporal workload models for block-based storage – Previously in beta and now generally available, the innovative temporal workload models for FC and iSCSI allow users to simulate realistic application workloads that vary I/O characteristics over time.
  • iSCSI MPIO – Measure the load balancing and failover designs of a multipath iSCSI fabric.
  • Object response handler – Simulate how different cloud-based applications interact with different object stores by precisely defining how the object storage client responds to over 70 pre-defined HTTP response codes.
  • Fibre Channel (FC) LUN service – Significantly shortens the time required to configure a large multi-path Fibre Channel Test Bed.

Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2 is available now. For more information, visit http://www.virtualinstruments.com.

About Virtual Instruments

Virtual Instruments is the leader in application-centric infrastructure performance management and provides comprehensive infrastructure instrumentation, monitoring and workload analytics for enterprise data centers. The company’s solutions give IT teams deep workload visibility and actionable insights into their end-to-end systems across cloud, virtual and physical environments. Virtual Instruments empowers companies to more easily evaluate and transition to new storage architectures and maximize the performance, availability and utilization of their production IT infrastructure. Recently merged with Load DynamiX and Xangati, Virtual Instruments has over 500 customers, including enterprise IT, cloud service providers and storage vendors. The privately held company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.virtualinstruments.com.

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