POC Acceleration

Overview

The Load DynamiX solution for POC Acceleration provides storage vendors with critical missing performance data from their production application workloads. Having this data results in faster POCs, which results in faster sales cycles.

Details

POC Acceleration Solution

Decrease the sales cycles by using Load DynamiX

Figures: Vendor A demonstrates ~2Gbps (blue) with very few packets (green) showing the scalability & efficiency under load using a real-world mix. In the graph at the right, vendor B demonstrates ~1.2 Mbps (blue) with many packets (green), showing a LACK of scalability & efficiency under load using a real-world workload mix.

Figures: Vendor A demonstrates ~2Gbps (blue) with very few packets (green) showing the scalability & efficiency under load using a real-world mix. In the graph at the right, vendor B demonstrates ~1.2 Mbps (blue) with many packets (green), showing a LACK of scalability & efficiency under load using a real-world workload mix.

Challenges
When conducting POCs, storage vendors want them completed as soon as possible. Challenges include:

  • Providing performance data that accurately resembles actual customer application workloads
  • POCs extend beyond their initial timeframe without a clearly defined testing methodology
  • Vendors and IT organizations waste massive resources and still don’t have the data needed to make informed decisions
  • Difficulty in customers finding appropriate host/server equipment for the POC. They must configure the environment, set up and run a test, collect the results, analyze them, and draw conclusions. This results in multi-month delays in the sales cycle.
  • Most customers don’t have efficient testing tools. They don’t have confidence in the results and risk performance ‘blind spots’.
  • If customers do have tools, they offer limited guidance for determining the I/O profile for a specific application workload. And they don’t simulate actual production workloads (e.g. no metadata commands).
  • Customers don’t have time to dedicate to POC testing.

Solutions
Load DynamiX is an expert at conducting POCs at both the request of vendors and of end users. We know which tests to run that will accurately emulate the customer’s production workloads. They prove the performance capabilities and scalability of your storage systems, especially flash and hybrid storage products.

We help you:

  • Characterize workloads the customer deems as representative of their environment
  • Model workloads – build validation models and create the various ‘what-if scenraios’.
  • Emulate workloads at the scale the customer requires
  • Analyze and present the results – offering the guidance, under the direction of the vendor account team, that full-time performance professionals bring to the table

Advantages
Efficient and expedient testing process speeds the POC and, ultimately, purchase orders.

By leveraging Load DynamiX personnel, and our 2U appliance, the delays that haunt POCs are significantly reduced or eliminated.

  • Accelerated test creation, with pre-built tests and intuitive set-up and use
  • Accelerated test execution, with the ability to load massive files or client loads in a fraction of the time it takes with other tools
  • Unified testing practices, with a single test platform for files, blocks, and objects
  • Drastically reduced test infrastructure set up time
  • Ability to share tests and results among all your pre-sales SEs across the globe. No need to waste time re-creating tests or trying to find out which tests run best on my proposed system.

Better testing with realistic traffic gives customers greater confidence in results

  • Realistic storage traffic, with unmatched storage protocol detail, configurability and extensive support of parameterization
  • Realistic application traffic, with Load DynamiX’s high performance protocol stacks
  • Realistic user authentication, with Load DynamiX’s robust support of multiple authentication protocols to accurately stress user-aware infrastructure, validating access policies anywhere that user-context is critical
  • Realistic content, with our unique data content generation and verification capabilities associated with compression and deduplication
  • Realistic load, with appliances that generate up to 180 Gbps of traffic; load massive files and emulate millions of realistic clients

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Other

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Case Study: Storage Vendor POC

Case Study

Tech Vendors Case Study
Oracle: Oracle validates their application-aware storage products using Load DynamiX

Video

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Multi-Vendor Flash Bake-Off: See how a large financial services organization used Load DynamiX to determine the best flash storage product for their data center (from a multi-vendor bake-off POC)

“If you can’t validate technology before it’s deployed into production, then you are flying blind.”

– Julia Palmer, Performance Engineering Manager at Go Daddy

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