|[March 10, 2014]
BLDD Increases the Speed and Efficiency of Its Virtualized Desktop Environment With Proximal Data's AutoCache
SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)--
Data, the leading provider of hypervisor I/O intelligence software
solutions, today announced that BLDD, an architectural and interior
design firm with five offices across Illinois and Iowa, has selected
Proximal Data's AutoCache
to increase the speed and efficiency of its virtualized desktop
environment. Using AutoCache's server-side caching, BLDD was able to
ease the burden on its main storage that resulted from users constantly
accessing design applications and files. By doing so, BLDD enabled users
to work faster and increase productivity, and also to serve clients more
quickly and help boost the business' bottom line.
"By combining AutoCache with a small amount of Flash, we took the burden
off main memory and optimized disk access," said Dan Reynolds, senior
system administrator at BLDD. "With AutoCache, we can get a 90 to 100
percent hit rate on the cache, meaning that 90 to 100 percent of the
time, users can get their data from the cache and don't have to access
the SAN. AutoCache helps smooth out those spikes that occur during the
day when every desktop is hitting the disk the hardest."
By being able to get their data faster and their machines and
applications responding faster, BLDD's users save time completing client
projects. By caching as frequently as they are now with AutoCache, BLDD
was surprised to find an additional benefit - reclaiming CPU resources.
"It takes CPU cycles to go get data from the SAN and bring it back, so
when the data is already there in the cache, you gain back some of the
CPU cycles that otherwise would have been used to retrieve the source
from storage," explained Reynolds. "Recovering CPU capacity or memory,
on top of gaining speed from caching the data, is a huge plus. For me,
it's a double benefit."
As a result of these benefits, BLDD rates AutoCache's value-to-cost
proposition as extremely high.
"With AutoCache, I can just get a reasonably priced solid state disk,
tell AutoCache to use it, and ten I'm off and running," said Reynolds.
"The numbers I'm seeing are phenomenal. Pulling data from the cache is
so much faster and saves CPU cycles; it's saving us both time and money."
AutoCache is a server-side caching solution with I/O intelligence that
removes I/O bottlenecks and increases virtual machine (VM) density by up
to three times to attain maximum performance for business-critical
applications. For more information on AutoCache, go to http://proximaldata.com/product/AutoCache.php.
To view the BLDD case study, go to http://proximaldata.com/product/resources/Proximal_Data_BLDD_Case_Study.php.
Data AutoCache Data Sheet
Data AutoCache White Paper
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Data AutoCache Video
Data AutoCache Tutorial
2.0 Hypervisor-based Caching Video
BLDD is an architectural and interior design firm with five offices
across Illinois and Iowa. The firm's primary areas of architectural
practice are in pre-K-12 education, higher education, healthcare, senior
living, religious facilities and sustainable design.
About Proximal Data
Proximal Data is the innovative creator of AutoCache server-side caching
software with I/O Intelligence™ that works within
virtualization hypervisors. Its technology allows for the granular
characterization of each I/O in real time, complete with how the I/O is
mapped through the hypervisor and how to control the I/O in the right
context. AutoCache uses these hypervisor caching innovations to
dramatically increase virtual machine density and performance by
eliminating I/O bottlenecks without disrupting IT operations. AutoCache
is the simplest, most cost-effective way to use enterprise Flash in the
data center. For more information, visit www.proximaldata.com.
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