Better Storage Performance: Alternatives to Expanding or Replacing NAS Arrays

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Like a 50th birthday, the time to expand or replace storage creeps up sooner than you expect. It always seems like yesterday that the storage was racked and stacked and a sense of distance comforted everyone—it will be so long from now until we fill this thing. And then one day, you wake up and realize that time is running out. That shiny new storage isn’t looking so shiny anymore. It seems slow and a bit sluggish and people complain about it.

Sometimes, it seems like you can put it off a bit longer, biding your time until some big project sneaks up and exacerbates the issue, turning what was just on the radar into an emergency. Pre-planning over long periods of time is smart if you can afford it. But push the envelope and you may just find yourself expanding and replacing when you really can’t afford the time to be moving large data sets and reconfiguring your storage. 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Enterprise Storage, NFS Acceleration

Managing the EDA Grid Workload

Posted by Andy Chan on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 09:55 AM

Electronic Design Automation (EDA) is a segment of the software industry that helps engineers and scientists design innovative electronic and software products faster and more cost-effective. Given the innovative nature of the EDA environment, its performance demands tend to be resource intensive. Since its inception in the 1980s, the EDA community have been early adaptors of grid computing largely due to the performance limitations of a single computer (node) to run complex simulation, emulation, regression tests and software build jobs, all of the workflows that make up a large part of the design process. 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, NFS Acceleration, EDA

Better Data Caching Performance: FlexCache Alternatives

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Mar 05, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Improvements to NetApp FlexCache have been to slow to come from NetApp and word on the street is that end-of-life announcements have been made to users. FlexCache alternatives are few. Where do you go?

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Topics: Data Center Management, NFS Acceleration

Growing Data Storage Challenges

Posted by Rebecca Thompson on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 @ 03:09 PM

ESG Tests Avere with NAS Devices from EMC and NetApp

According to the ESG Research Report, 2012 Storage Market Survey (November 2012), the storage challenge most often cited by respondents to a recent survey is the rapid growth and management of unstructured data, identified by 40% of respondents (see below). Close behind on the list (39%) are hardware costs and data protection, which add complexity and expense as NAS deployments grow. Rounding out the top seven most cited storage challenges reported are running out of physical space, supporting growing virtual server environments, data migration, and staffing costs.

 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Data Center Management, NFS Acceleration

Scalable I/O Performance to Complement EMC Isilon

Posted by Jeff Tabor on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

If you’re facing a big data challenge, chances are you’ve looked at EMC’s Isilon product line for a solution. With clustered file system technology that enables scaling a single NAS system to 20PB, EMC Isilon offers a compelling solution for capacity scaling

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Topics: NAS Optimization, NFS Acceleration

First-of-Its-Kind Hybrid Storage Appliance Now Available

Posted by Rebecca Thompson on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

We are pleased to announce availability of the first-of-its-kind hybrid NAS appliance. 

In April, Avere announced the successful achievement of its newest FXT 3800 Edge filer breaking our past record in the SPECsfs2008 benchmark testsThe results demonstrate that Avere’s edge-core architecture delivers superior application performance to any NAS environment, including those where the storage is located across a long geographic distance from the end-users, with a significant reduction in cost and footprint in comparison to legacy NAS solutions.

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Enterprise Storage, Hybrid Cloud NAS, NFS Acceleration

5 NAS Action Items to Make VFX Shops Lean and Mean

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Tue, May 07, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

When working on creating feature films, the effects of interactive users and 2D and 3D applications like Maya, Nuke, Houdini and Arnold hitting storage infrastructure can cause a slowdown for users working under stringent production deadlines.

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Rendering & Transcoding, NFS Acceleration

Introduction to Edge-Core NAS Architecture

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Data Center Management, NFS Acceleration

Blazing NAS Performance at Bio-IT World 2013

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

We are heading into Bio-IT World in Boston today with amazing speed! Just in time for the event, Avere released two exciting announcements.

New First-of-Its-Kind Hybrid Storage Appliance: FXT 3800

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS, NFS Acceleration, Life Sciences

NAS Optimization for Virtualized Environments

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 @ 08:40 AM

Part 5 of 7

Virtualization is revolutionary to IT administration. Chapter 5 of Avere’s NAS Optimization for Dummies book covers the virtualized environment and its effects on storage.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Virtualization (VDI), NFS Acceleration