This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of Limelight Storage with a focus on validating the performance and automation advantages of intelligent cloud-based storage fully integrated with a content delivery network.
ESG Lab audited data that was collected from 3,450 systems running in production environments that evaluated V-locity I/O reduction software at over 100 sites and measured the achieved performance benefits from virtual servers to storage. The results published in this ESG Lab report shine a light on the I/O inefficiency problems commonly experienced in virtual environments and how V-locity I/O optimization software can help solve them.
Conventional relational databases and recently-developed NoSQL databases have led some enterprises to an impasse. They want to scale the systems that are handling their data. However, an RDBMS used to guarantee transaction integrity is difficult to expand. NoSQL systems, although scalable, typically do not offer full transaction integrity via the ACID properties discussed in earlier posts. The latest solution in the SQL/NoSQL saga—next-generation SQL databases—may have the answer.
For the last decade or so, data and data structures have been moving at the speed of the web. They change rapidly to keep pace with end-users and markets that are in constant flux. The data model is volatile and will continue to be as more and more unstructured data (images, videos, social media content, online purchase histories, and more) is generated. The solution of the pre-Internet era, meaning the RDBMS, can’t keep up.
This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing and validation of the Pure Storage FlashArray//m storage system. The goal of the report is to prove that tier-1 application workloads such as desktop virtualization, databases, and e-mail can be run on a shared, consolidated storage array without compromising service levels, while delivering consistent sub-millisecond response times. A 5,000-user enterprise was simulated to validate this premise, running on a single all-flash storage array. In addition, failure scenarios were introduced to test resiliency.
The relational database management system was a breakthrough when it first appeared about 40 years ago. A relational database puts power into a user’s hands. Few assumptions are needed about how data is related or how it is to be extracted. Data can then be viewed in a variety of ways, each one illustrating different connections or correlations. This power, history, and a little user inertia have led to the RDBMS being implanted and used in practically every sector of business today.
This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of the Dell XC Web-scale Converged Appliance powered by Nutanix. Testing focused on ease of deployment and management, storage optimization and efficiency, and the ability to scale performance linearly in real-world, mission-critical database environments, while offering lower levels of TCO and higher levels of support on an industry-proven hardware platform from Dell.
We all know the drill—data is exploding in size, but it’s not just the volume of data that is wreaking havoc on organizations. It’s how quickly it’s growing, how many different forms it can take, and how it’s constantly changing. And that’s just scratching the surface. How can the potential of data truly be harnessed? The database technologies for organizing the data that we generate and manipulate continue to morph and multiply.
ESG Lab Analyst Mike Leone discusses ESG's recent hands-on testing of the NexGen Storage N5 Hybrid Flash Arrays —with a focus on how the vendor delivers predictable and prioritized performance in virtualized environments.
This ESG Lab Validation report documents the hands-on testing and validation of the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual hyper-converged appliance. The report highlights the ability of the CS 200-HC StoreVirtual to meet the workload, budgeting, and mobility needs of the business. Special attention will be paid to ease of deployment, manageability, efficiency, high availability, recoverability, and scalability.
This ESG Lab review documents testing of NexGen Storage N5 Hybrid Flash Arrays with a focus on how the vendor’s QoS technology can deliver predictable and prioritized performance in ever-growing, virtualized environments. NexGen’s integration with VMware Virtual Volumes was also previewed to understand how combining quality of service with storage-aware VMs allows organizations to manage virtualized environments on a per-VM basis.
This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the Platfora Big Data Discovery Platform. Testing focused on the simplicity, flexibility, efficiency, and feasibility of deploying Platfora’s modern Hadoop-based big data discovery platform to empower all big data analytics personnel to gain more valuable insights faster.
ESG Lab Analyst Mike Leone reviews the results from a recently completed ESG Lab Validation of Dell Foglight for Active Directory.
ESG Lab validated the next-generation performance and cost benefits of the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance by auditing the latest results from Oracle’s SPC-2 testing.
This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the Juniper SRX5400 with a focus on the performance and scalability benefits of the next-generation I/O card (IOC-II) with the new Express Path capability.
ESG Lab Engineer Mike Leone conducts independent, hands-on lab validations and analyses of emerging IT hardware and software products. Prior to joining ESG, Mike worked for more than five years as a performance engineer in the unified storage division of EMC Corporation, focusing on characterizing and analyzing new-product performance.
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