Optimize Storage to Improve Cloud and Virtualization Performance

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The reality within today’s IT world is that there is more data, a lot more users and new requirements around next-generation infrastructure. As the user consumes more resources and more information – the IT department is left with the challenge of running a lean, optimized environment.

A large part of any modern-day infrastructure will be the storage component because it is one of the central pieces behind a cloud and virtualization environment. For many organizations, NAS implementations are growing out of control and wreaking havoc for IT. The causes are many and varied. Applications leveraging NAS vary from virtual server and virtual desktop implementations to digital imaging, computer generated animation rendering, energy exploration, and financial modeling—not to mention the billions of users around the globe who continually create and consume unstructured data such as video, audio, and text files.

So why not insert an appliance that’s capable of optimizing the entire storage operation? The Avere FXT Series provides high-performance, scale-out clustering for NAS environments. Avere FXT Edge filers are designed to optimize NAS environments by improving application performance, delivering global data access regardless of the data location, and offering both capital and operational cost savings. The Avere appliance is equipped to forego conventional remedies calling for expensive storage controllers and disk over-provisioning that result in extra hardware, management, and power costs.

In this white paper, you will learn the key features which operate to improve and optimize your platform. These include:

  • Dynamic tiering that places data on the most effective storage tier to ensure optimal performance and efficient resource utilization of the high-speed tiers.
  • Non-disruptive, scale-out clustering with linear performance scaling.
  • Wide area file services to ensure high-performance data access from any location, including private compute or storage clouds.
  • File system virtualization and visibility that enables all NAS Core filer devices to be viewed and managed as a single, logical file system global namespace.

Not only that, this white paper also takes a look at the Avere FXT Edge filer from a lab perspective. ESG Lab performed hands-on evaluation and testing of Avere Edge filer appliances with AOS 3.0 at the Avere corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Testing was designed to demonstrate how the Avere global namespace architecture enables advanced data management capabilities using industry-standard tools, protocols, and methodologies. Also covered in the validation were the advanced data management features FlashMove and FlashMirror.

Download this white paper today to learn how Avere improves both performance and management with its Edge Core Architecture. Furthermore, you’ll be aware of how Avere FXT Edge filers are built using RAM and SSD, as well as SAS HDDs, utilizing automatic tiering across both the Edge filer cluster tiers and the multi-vendor back-end Core filers to accelerate performance and minimize cost you’re your infrastructure grows and expands, this platform will remain a single self-contained logical unit for management and client access. In turn, this will create an optimized environment capable of greater scale and resiliency.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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