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Why Faster Storage May NOT Fix It

  With all the myriad of possible hardware solutions to storage I/O performance issues, the question that people are starting to ask is something like:          If I just buy newer, faster Storage, won’t that fix my application performance problem?  The short answer is:          Maybe Yes (for a while), Quite Possibly No. I know … [Read more...]

What’s the difference between WAN optimization and WAN acceleration?

This is a trick question! Technically, there is not a difference between WAN optimization and WAN acceleration. As a matter of fact, WAN acceleration is a type of WAN optimization. Now that we have cleared that up, we can now get into WAN optimization and what you can do to make the most out of your […] … [Read more...]

Big Data Boom Brings Promises, Problems

By 2020, an estimated 43 trillion gigabytes of data will have been created—300 times the amount of data in existence fifteen years earlier. The benefits of big data, in virtually every field of endeavor, are enormous. We know more, and in many ways can do more, than ever before. But what of the challenges posed by this “data tsunami”? Will the sheer ability to manage—or … [Read more...]

How to make NVMe storage even faster

This is a blog to complement a vlog that I posted a few weeks ago, in which I demonstrated how to use the intelligent RAM caching technology found in the V-locity® software from Condusiv® Technologies to improve the performance that a computer can get from NVMe flash storage. You can view this video here:    A question arose from a couple of long-term customers about whether the … [Read more...]

Financial Sector Battered by Rising Compliance Costs

Finance is already an outlier in terms of IT costs. The industry devotes 10.5% of total revenue to IT—and on average, each financial industry IT staffer supports only 15.7 users, the fewest of any industry. All over the world, financial services companies are facing skyrocketing compliance costs. Almost half the respondents to a recent Accenture survey of compliance officers in 13 countries … [Read more...]

Doing it All: The Internet of Things and the Data Tsunami

“If you’re a CIO today, basically you have no choice. You have to do edge computing and cloud computing, and you have to do them within budgets that don’t allow for wholesale hardware replacement…” For a while there, it looked like corporate IT resource planning was going to be easy. Organizations would move practically everything to the cloud, lean on their cloud … [Read more...]

A Deep Dive Into The I/O Performance Dashboard

While most users are familiar with the main Diskeeper®/V-locity®/SSDkeeper™ Dashboard view which focuses on the number of I/Os eliminated and Storage I/O Time Saved, the I/O Performance Dashboard tab takes a deeper look into the performance characteristics of I/O activity.  The data shown here is similar in nature to other Windows performance monitoring utilities and provides a … [Read more...]

Which Processes are Using All of My System Resources?

Over time as more files and applications are added to your system, you notice that performance has degraded, and you want to find out what is causing it. A good starting point is to see how the system resources are being used and which processes and/or files are using them. Diskeeper contains a lesser known feature to assist you on this. It is called the System Monitoring Report which can show you … [Read more...]

Dashboard Analytics 13 Metrics and Why They Matter

  Our latest V-locity®,Diskeeper® and SSDkeeper® products include a built-in dashboard that reports the benefits our software is providing.  There are tabs in the dashboard that allow users to view very granular data that can help them assess the impact of our software.  In the dashboard Analytics tab we display hourly data for 13 key metrics.  This document … [Read more...]

Solving the IO Blender Effect with Software-Based Caching

First, let me explain exactly what the IO Blender Effect is, and why it causes a problem in virtualized environments such as those from VMware or Microsoft’s Hyper-V. This is typically what storage IO traffic would look like when everything is working well. You have the least number of storage IO packets, each carrying a large payload of data down to the storage. Because the data is … [Read more...]