ESG Validation

Tony Palmer

Tony Palmer

ESG Lab Senior Engineer Tony Palmer provides independent, hands-on validation and analysis of emerging IT hardware and software products. Tony came to ESG in 2006 and has 24 years of field experience supporting networking, systems, and storage vendors in numerous pre-sales and technical marketing roles. Tony spent seven years with EMC as a pre-sales product and technology consultant covering NAS, CAS, and SAN. He also conducted competitive and performance analyses for EMC’s customers.

Recent Posts by Tony Palmer:

ESG Technical Review: Analysis of Dell Technologies Cloud PowerScale for Microsoft Azure for High Performance File-based Applications


Executive Summary

In this Technical Review, ESG audited testing designed to demonstrate how Dell Technologies Cloud PowerScale for Azure, powered by Faction—a multi-cloud data services provider—enables demanding file workloads such as large-capacity, high performance computing (HPC) applications including life sciences/bioinformatics and big data analytics, with a focus on performance, utilization, and business value.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration hybrid cloud

ESG Technical Validation: Maximize Database Efficiency and Performance in a VMware Environment using 32G NVMe over Fibre Channel

Co-Author(s): Brian Garrett


Introduction

This report documents performance testing of the NVMe over FC (NVMe/FC) feature of the IBM FlashSystem 9200 array in a VMware and Oracle Database environment. This testing includes a comparison of NVMe/FC and SCSI over FC (SCSI/FC) protocols using Emulex Gen 7 32G Fibre Channel (FC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in the server and storage array along with the Gen 7 Brocade (IBM b-type) storage network switch.

Topics: Storage database

ESG Technical Validation: Assuring Database Performance and Availability with NetApp HCI

Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation highlights the capability of NetApp HCI to maintain a guaranteed level of database performance while independently scaling compute and storage with no effect on operations. Management simplicity across applications, availability during maintenance, node failure and recovery, and the resource and cost efficiency of NetApp HCI are also examined.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure hybrid cloud

ESG Technical Validation: Performance Analysis of Databases Running on Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)

Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation documents the results of recent Nutanix performance testing that focused on real-world performance scalability and sustainability improvements in support of mission- and business-critical database workloads.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

ESG Technical Review: Nutanix Architecture and Performance Optimization

Abstract

This ESG Technical Review documents the results of recent Nutanix performance testing that focused on real-world performance scalability and sustainability.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Review: SAP HANA Recovery and Performance with Actifio on Google Cloud


Abstract

ESG tested backup, recovery, and performance of a disaster recovery (DR) copy of a 500GB SAP HANA in-memory database leveraging both high performance disks and object storage with Actifio on Google Cloud Platform running production transactions. We measured recovery times and calculated cost savings.

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Review: Microsoft SQL Server Recovery and Performance with Actifio on Google Cloud

Abstract

ESG tested backup, recovery, and performance of a disaster recovery (DR) copy of a 1TB Microsoft SQL Server 2017 database leveraging both high-performance disks and cloud object storage using Actifio on Google Cloud Platform running production transactions. We measured recovery times and calculated cost savings.

Topics: Storage Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Validation: Guaranteeing Mixed-workload Performance with NetApp HCI


Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation highlights the capability of NetApp HCI to deliver a guaranteed level of performance while scaling compute and storage with no effect on operations in a mixed-workload environment. Management simplicity across applications and scale is also examined.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure

ESG Technical Review: Reducing Operational Complexity with Emulex SAN Manager

Co-Author(s): Alex Arcilla


Abstract

This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on testing of Emulex SAN Manager (ESM) by Broadcom to verify its ability to reduce operational cost and complexity in the modern data center with end-to-end in-band monitoring and management. We focused on how ESM provides visibility into the operational status of all Fibre Channel (FC) host bus adapters (HBAs) across the SAN and accelerates management, upgrades, and troubleshooting.

Topics: Storage

ESG Technical Validation: Riverbed Acceleration Services

Introduction

ESG evaluated Riverbed SaaS Accelerator and Client Accelerator for enterprise SaaS apps and mobile clients to validate how this end-to-end solution accelerates SaaS application performance while overcoming the limitations of application latency, bandwidth constraints, and network congestion.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration