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Is Big Data Losing its Appeal in the Face of Data Privacy Concerns?

The use of big data by enterprises is almost commonplace at this point, with advocates claiming it aids decision-making, increases revenue and productivity and decreases operational costs. But it comes at a cost to data privacy. … [Read more...]

SysAdmins Discover That Size Really Does Matter

(...to storage transfer speeds...)   I was recently asked what could be done to maximize storage transfer speeds in physical and virtual Windows servers. Not the "sexiest" topic for a blog post, I know, but it should be interesting reading for any SysAdmin who wants to get the most performance from their IT environment, or for those IT Administrators who suffer from user … [Read more...]

Thinking Outside the Box – How to Dramatically Improve SQL Performance, Part 1

If you are reading this article, then most likely you are about to evaluate V-locity® or Diskeeper® on a SQL Server (or already have our software installed on a few servers) and have some questions about why it is a best practice recommendation to place a memory limit on SQL Servers in order to get the best performance from that server once you’ve installed one of our solutions. To … [Read more...]

The Challenge of IT Cost vs Performance

In over 30 years in the IT business, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve heard an IT manager say, “The budget is not a problem. Cost is no object.” It is as true today as it was 30 years ago.  That is, increasing pressure on the IT infrastructure, rising data loads and demands for improved performance are pitted against tight budgets.  Frankly, I’d … [Read more...]

Can you relate? 906 IT Pros Talk About I/O Performance, Application Troubles and More

We just completed our 5th annual I/O Performance Survey that was conducted with 906 IT Professionals. This is the industry’s largest study of its kind and the research highlights the latest trends in applications that are driving performance demands and how IT Professionals are responding. I/O Growth Continues to Outpace Expectations The results show that organizations are struggling to get … [Read more...]

Fix SQL Server Storage Bottlenecks

No SQL code changes.No Disruption.No Reboots.Simple!   Condusiv V-locity Introduction     Whether running SQL in a physical or virtualized environment, most SQL DBAs would welcome faster storage at a reasonable price. The V-locity® software from Condusiv® Technologies is designed to provide exactly that, but using the storage hardware that you already own. It doesn't … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]