Vinny Choinski

Vinny Choinski

Senior Lab Analyst Vinny Choinski provides independent, hands-on validation and analysis of emerging storage hardware and software products. Vinny came to ESG in 2010, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in data storage design and management, including developing an end-user-tailored delivery methodology for data protection, virtualization, and storage architecture solutions. Prior to joining ESG, Vinny spent a decade working at Daymark Solutions as its director of technology and Glasshouse Technologies as director of consulting services, focused on service delivery methodology and delivery team development.

Recent Posts by Vinny Choinski:

Remember When

Your pager goes off and wakes you at 4:00 AM to let you know that the power is back on at the office, and you think, “Oh Great.” You look out the window and see the ground covered with snow as you fire up the home computer to see if you can send an e-mail - nothing. The drive to the office is quicker than usual, because there’s no traffic. It’s dark as you walk down the hall past the empty cubes, swipe your security card past the reader and open the big steel door. Ah, the familiar sound of cooling fans as you flip on the lights and walk to one of the many computer racks in the room. You jiggle the mouse in front of the console, and it lights up with a blue screen and a half booted system. The only option is to hit the power button.

That memory ran through my head during one of the recent ESG Lab projects I was involved in. I was thinking how rare it is for the computer equipment an administrator manages to be in the same office they work in these days - or even the same state, for that matter. We were testing a solution that paired NEC blade servers and storage with PAN Manager software from Egenera at the time.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration ESG Validation Services

Accelerating “Hot Data” at the OS level

FlashSoft for VMware from SanDisk is a software module designed to accelerate application performance for VMware guest machines at the physical server level. FlashSoft increases the performance of I/O operations by creating a software-based read cache using virtualized solid-state storage (SSS) capacity. We recently completed an ESG Lab validation of FlashSoft for VMware and found it to be an extremely easy to implement solution. Leveraging our VMware clustered test environment we non-disruptively installed the FlashSoft module into the ESX kernel in less than a minute and were able to start using 180GB of PCIe based LSI WarpDrive SSD capacity installed on each of the clustered ESX hosts. We tested application performance, VM density scale, and ease of use. We observed a 4x improvement in transactions per minute, a 3.5x improvement in batch request processing for an OLTP application workload, and 3x gain in VM density scale over the same configuration with HDD-only devices.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure ESG Validation Services

Lab Report - EMC ProSphere

ESG Lab recently completed testing of the EMC ProSphere.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking

Lab Report - NetApp FAS2240

ESG Lab recently completed testing of the NetApp FAS2240.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Lab Report - Citrix XenServer 6.0

ESG Lab recently completed testing of the Citrix XenServer 6.0.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration