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How to beat storage bottlenecks in a flash

Sharon Florentine | Oct. 11, 2013
When a data visualisation and analysis software provider found that its backend storage was slowing down its developers, it resisted the urge to add capacity. Instead, it turned to a software solution that scales storage performance using virtualisation.

But by adding flash hypervisor clusters to the server side, Aaron says, PernixData FVP accelerates read-write performance much closer to the application itself, and thus addresses performance bottlenecks where they occur.

"We see customers with maybe 200TB of capacity in their storage arrays, but they're only using 20TB for storage," says co-founder and CEO Poojan Kumar. "The rest is excess capacity they bought to increase performance. That's not the way to solve the problem."

Rather than needing to rip-and-replace or invest in storage arrays, Kumar says, PernixData's customers buy a piece of software, download it and within about 20 minutes, they're up and running on the same hardware and infrastructure they had.

"We tell potential customers, 'Use whatever you like. We just ship software,'" he says. "Add some flash, download the software, make a couple clicks with the mouse, and you're ready to go," Kumar says.

 

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