Virtualization and Disk Performance

The recent explosion of virtualization as a technology coincides with the trend of consolidating systems on to less, but more powerful, hardware. With more robust hardware, consolidation makes cost-effective sense. And given the reduced management overhead and more efficient hardware use, virtualization makes a great deal of sense indeed. However, it’s also important to be aware of its dangers.

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Delivering Information Faster: In-Memory Technology Reboots the Big Data Analytics World

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In-memory technology—in which entire datasets are pre-loaded into a computer’s random access memory, alleviating the need for shuttling data between memory and disk storage every time a query is initiated—has actually been around for a number of years. However, with the onset of big data, as well as an insatiable thirst for analytics, the industry is taking a second look at this promising approach to speeding up data processing. See how it works and how to revolutionize the way you run your business.  Read More

10 Reasons to Use Storage Performance Validation Processes

From determining the best flash/SSD deployment strategy to ensuring a smooth private cloud migration, storage architects have a better way to ensure performance and optimize costs for their future storage products. Read this info brief on the top 10 reasons to adopt storage workload modeling. Read More

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A Comparison of PowerVM and x86-Based Virtualization Performance

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