|[January 23, 2014]
Load DynamiX, Leading Performance Validation Vendor, Predicts Top Networked Storage Trends for 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
DynamiX, the leader in infrastructure
performance validation, is drawing on its industry expertise and
unique vantage point of working closely with leading storage technology
vendors, cloud service providers and leading IT organizations, to
predict the top trends for the networked storage industry for 2014.
Evaluation and adoption of flash and hybrid storage technologies will
be omnipresent in 2014. Every Fortune 1000, and likely 75% of the
Fortune 1001-5000, will either evaluate or deploy flash storage in
2014. The performance and total cost of ownership (TCO) advantages are
very compelling for I/O-intensive applications.
The big challenge for 2014 will be determining which application
workloads would benefit from flash on a cost/benefit basis. The fact
that flash will speed up performance is obvious, but the question
remains on just how much flash is needed and how will it improve the
response imes for key applications. Is the 2X (News - Alert)-5X $ per GB premium
over HDDs a worthy investment? The industry will turn to workload
modeling solutions to help them answer this question.
2014 will be the transition year where the majority of new
applications will be deployed under an IaaS (infrastructure as a
service) model. Performance and availability of the shared
infrastructure will be assumed by the application owners and business
unit general managers. The pressure to proactively ensure
infrastructure performance will intensify. Products that can predict,
not just react to, infrastructure behavior will start to become
Software-defined storage will still be more of a vision as opposed to
a reality for the overwhelming majority of Fortune 5000 companies.
Storage is increasingly being commoditized, but the software defined
storage (SDS) and open source storage products available on the market
today are still maturing and, in many cases, have unproven support
models. Business-critical applications will stay deployed on storage
systems from vendors who have proven global support capabilities and
that can verify the performance of their products before production
Object storage will showcase many large-scale deployments and become
an accepted storage deployment methodology. For object storage to be
successfully deployed more broadly within the enterprise, it will be
critical for storage architects to understand the performance limits
of object-based storage. These will need to be proven in test and
development labs prior to production deployment.
"Load DynamiX is in a unique position as an innovation bellwether that
requires us to be fully cognizant of oncoming industry transitions. We
help our customers accurately prepare for necessary changes in their
storage infrastructure," said Philippe Vincent, president and CEO of
Load DynamiX. "Hybrid and flash technologies, along with IaaS, are major
game changers on how global enterprises will roll out new SAN and NAS
infrastructures. The only way to accurately determine the optimal
technology investments that will properly support their application
workloads will be to analyze and validate these new technologies prior
to deployment using solutions such as Load DynamiX."
About Load DynamiX
As the leader in infrastructure performance validation, Load DynamiX
empowers IT professionals with the insight needed to make intelligent
decisions regarding networked storage. By accurately characterizing and
emulating real-world application behavior, Load DynamiX optimizes the
overall performance, availability, and cost of storage infrastructure.
The combination of advanced workload analytics and performance
validation software with extreme load-generating appliances give IT
professionals the ability to cost-effectively stress today's most
complex physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure to its limits.
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