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October 04, 2012

Evaluator Group Benchmark Report Labels Astute's Visx Flash as the Industry's Lowest Cost Flash VM Storage Appliance

Astute Networks, Inc., a provider of performance storage for virtual machines, today announced results from a just completed virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) benchmark report that reveals that Astute’s ViSX delivers the industry's most cost-effective VDI Performance solution.

The report is produced a market research firm, The Evaluator Group. Senior partner, Evaluator Group, Russ Fellows stated that on running the VDI-IOmark benchmark on a variety of traditional, flash and hybrid storage solutions, it was found that ViSX makes the most cost-effective VDI storage solution. The appliance’s ability to easily support a large number of VDI users was also appreciated in the report.

“At 400 standard users with a $30K price, I believe this price/performance leadership could hold up for some time, particularly for iSCSI attached devices,” Fellows commented in a statement.

In addition of offering offers the industry's lowest cost flash VM storage appliance on a

per VDI user basis, ViSX also offers the highest number of VDI users for any iSCSI connected   storage device. ViSX offers the industry's highest IOPS for any iSCSI connected storage device.

It will be worthwhile to mention that the VDI-IOmark is a storage-centric benchmark, developed in conjunction with storage and virtualization vendors, is able to recreate VMware View VDI workloads on a storage system and uses the concept of workload replay. I/O streams are captured from actual running applications, and then "replayed" so the exact sequence and I/O commands are issued. This allows the creation of a workload that is indistinguishable from an actual workload to the system under test, while being reproducible and requiring fewer resources.

VDI-IOmark recreates typical usage, including boot storms and steady state operations commonly found in a VDI environment, thus highly indicative of a VDI production environment.

“VDI applications are frequently performance constrained due to the storage I/O bottlenecks created by legacy storage systems. Rather than overcoming these challenges by over-provisioning storage with costly upgrades, our ViSX Flash VM storage appliance removes virtual machine storage and network performance barriers by combining fast Flash storage with our patented 10G DataPump Engine. By eliminating these common I/O constraints and the two main obstacles to widespread VDI deployments, performance and cost, customers receive dramatic acceleration in virtual machine performance so the true value of their VDI investments can be realized,” CEO of Astute Networks Steve Topper, explained in a statement.

A couple of months back, Astute Networks demonstrated its next-generation ViSX G4 Flash-based VM storage appliance for the first time at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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