Tecplot selects PernixData FVP to improve storage performance
Oct 23, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
PernixData, Inc., a provider of enterprise-class software platform, has announced that Tecplot, Inc., a provider of data visualization and analysis software, has selected PernixData FVP to improve storage performance and support virtualized environment.
"Our initial plan was to invest in more spindles, faster spindles, or some hybrid flash/spinning disk solution built into an array," said Pete Koehler, Tecplot's IT manager and virtualization architect.
"With this approach, we knew the additional costs were going to be significant because our legacy 1GbE storage fabric also needed to be upgraded to support the increased traffic. And even with a significant financial investment, we were probably going to end up with just modest performance improvements."
Tecplot faced the increasingly common dilemma of quickly outgrowing storage performance capabilities as their virtualized environment grew. To avoid a complete overhaul of their storage infrastructure, Tecplot turned to server side flash technology and selected PernixData FVP for its ability to support true write-back caching. PernixData FVP is tightly coupled with the hypervisor to provide a highly available pool of cache that provides the safety needed when accelerating writes, without compromising feature-sets in vSphere.
"We believed server side flash could provide a more scalable and cost-effective way of addressing our storage performance challenges. But, we needed a software solution to make it truly usable across our virtual data center," said Koehler. "PernixData helped us avoid a substantial SAN upgrade, which would have cost tens of thousands of dollars. Based on that fact alone, I believe flash virtualization is absolutely the right way to go."
PernixData FVP was easily integrated with Tecplot's existing infrastructure, from servers and storage to hypervisors and VMs More importantly, the performance improvements reduced storage workloads from 100 percent around the clock to a 65 percent storage workload. In addition, adding the PernixData FVP technology delivered a 2.3 times performance improvement in the company's compiling application, above and beyond the initial performance gains from added compute power.
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