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  • Using the AWS cache service to boost app performance

    Our enterprise wants to cache data to improve cloud and application performance. What options does Amazon ElastiCache have for cache node deployment? Continue Reading

  • Server-side caching defined and clarified

    Server-side caching, or flash storage installed in the server itself, is deployed to accelerate application performance. Placing the flash as close to the application as possible reduces latency and improves performance.

    Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of development in this area, and today, there are a number of ways that you can insert flash storage into a server. For example, you can use SATA form factor SSDs that install in place of traditional hard disk drives. Or you can use flash storage that connects directly to the PCIe bus. An emerging option is to attach flash storage directly to the server's memory channel via dual in-line memory module (DIMM) slots. Each, of course, comes with strengths and weaknesses.

    There are also a variety of standards emerging for server-side caching that are important to understand when selecting a product.

    This Drill Down on server-side flash will compare and contrast the variety of ways that you can deploy the technology today to help readers better understand the pros and cons to each approach. It will also explain when server-side caching is a better (or worse) alternative to an all-flash or hybrid-flash storage array. There's so much going on in this space today that it can be hard to stay on top of it all. This Drill Down will help.

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  • How to select the best solid-state storage array for your environment

    These all-flash array and hybrid flash storage array performance factors will guide you in buying the right amount of flash. Continue Reading

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  • Four options to optimize SSD performance in the data center

    As more organizations adopt SSDs, practices for storage optimization need to evolve. Learn how tactics, such as disabling defragmentation and using the write cache, can play a role. Continue Reading

  • Compare Citrix Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services

    One of the most important parts of setting up and managing a XenDesktop deployment is choosing which provisioning tool to use. Citrix provides one streaming option and another that creates VM clones. Continue Reading

  • Improve storage I/O with caching, tiering technology

    Storage systems are often perceived as performance bottlenecks, with virtualized environments contributing to higher I/O demands and with high-end apps that cannot tolerate latency. To a great degree, solid-state storage devices address many of these performance shortcomings, but in many cases, flash just pushes the bottleneck out into the storage network. While higher speed networks will help address those fabric-based performance obstacles, not all companies can easily upgrade their often extensive data and storage networks. The good news is that there are other, less disruptive ways of improving storage and storage network performance, including a revival of parallel I/O approaches, sophisticated caching methods and automated tiering functionality that matches applications with the appropriate media performance characteristics. Continue Reading

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