ViSX Performance Storage Appliances
- All Flash solid state storage appliance with the industry’s highest IOPS per $ at prices comparable to hard disk systems
- Increase database, virtualized application, and virtual desktop performance by up to 10X
- Co-exists and complements your existing SAN storage
IT managers, DBAs, Server Admins, and IT Operations personnel are under constant pressure to ensure that end-users are satisfied with the performance of their applications and the virtual and physical infrastructure that underpins them. They must support the new business initiatives, such as virtualizing business-critical applications and implementing a cloud computing environment, while simultaneously managing tight budgets.
These challenges will require that IT managers adopt a new class of solutions to resolve existing and prevent future I/O performance problems associated with their physical and virtual infrastructure. With users demanding consistent, predictable application performance and senior management requiring lower costs per user, IT managers must evaluate new technologies, such as flash-based performance storage appliances to meet these challenges.
Astute breaks application performance barriers by resolving critical I/O bottlenecks with the ViSX family of solid state flash-based Performance Storage Appliances. Based on its patented 10GbE Data Pump Engine™ and Networked Flash™ architecture, ViSX gives IT managers a simple to deploy storage I/O acceleration appliance that boosts Tier 1 application and VDI performance by up to 10X. As a result, companies improve user productivity, customer satisfaction and revenue generation while eliminating the over-provisioning of storage, servers, and network resources.
ViSX delivers unprecedented performance in a highly reliable solution that offers the lowest cost per IOPS of any network-based flash or hybrid storage solution. ViSX is additive and complementary to existing infrastructure, with no required application changes or rip-and-replace or forklift upgrades. Your existing storage solutions stay in place while ViSX is non-disruptively added to your storage network to solve application-specific performance issues. Dramatic performance gains for your most demanding databases and VDI environments can now be experienced in a matter of minutes. ViSX also offers dramatic 60-90% reductions in power, cooling and floor space requirements compared to traditional hard disk-based storage systems, which directly translate into significant OPEX and CAPEX savings.
ViSX Flash-based Performance Storage Appliances for physical and virtual environments are specifically architected to deliver unprecedented performance per dollar at prices normally associated with spinning disk systems, helping you unleash the full potential of your enterprise, whether you are addressing critical application performance issues, deploying a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or virtualizing your business critical applications.
The Networked Flash™ architecture of the ViSX appliance combines ultra-reliable Samsung solid state flash modules with a custom high-performance, 10GbE DataPump Engine™ processor that completely offloads and dramatically accelerates network (TCP) and storage (iSCSI) protocol processing. Together, they eliminate all of the critical I/O bottlenecks that can affect application performance. ViSX appliances also optionally offer integrated in-line de-duplication to significantly increase the reliability and longevity of the flash modules and decrease the cost per Terabyte by a factor of five. Unlike other traditional and flash storage systems, the ViSX de-duplication technology has no impact on IOPS performance. ViSX easily connects into your existing environment via any 1Gb or 10Gb Ethernet port.
ViSX appliances are purpose-built to maximize the performance of I/O-intensive applications, especially those deployed in virtualized environments. In contrast to conventional architectures, the ViSX Networked Flash™ architecture combines Solid State Drives (SSDs) with our DataPump Engine, a patented ASIC chip that enables offloading and acceleration of the TCP and iSCSI protocol processing, thus putting minimal demands on the CPU. This unique design eliminates storage and network I/O bottlenecks and maximizes the IOPS performance that Flash can sustain. Because of its unique design, VISX can deliver 5 to 10X the performance over conventional flash and hybrid storage systems when deployed in Ethernet networks.
Astute’s ViSX G4 appliances also support an advanced algorithm for primary inline de-duplication to improve flash module reliability and longevity and to dramatically increase effective storage capacity. Unlike nearly all other storage solutions, either flash, hybrid, or disk-based, ViSX dedupe has zero impact on performance, which is critical as performance is the primary reason to purchase flash. ViSX appliances support all common RAID levels, with flash optimized firmware enhancements, as well as on chip error detection and correction. ViSX offers overprovisioning in each of its hot swappable Flash modules to both increase overall reliability and improve write performance. All ViSX appliances are managed by a VMware vCenter plug-in tab for vSphere environments or by its FlashWRX™ GUI for other hypervisor platforms such as Hyper-V, Xen, and RHEV or other physical environments.
The ViSX performance storage appliances are designed to accommodate highly random I/O workloads as well as provide the ability for a company to scale out and up with ease as performance and capacity requirements increase by simply adding additional SSD modules to the chassis or by adding additional 2 EIA Rack unit G4 appliances. Each ViSX scales to 140,000 sustained random IOPS and can be clustered together to scale in excess of one million sustained random IOPS configured either as one large datastore or multiple independent datastores.
To increase reliability and overall data availability, ViSX offers five levels of data protection:
- On-chip Flash ECC: Each Flash chip has its own error detection and correction capabilities.
- eMLC option: Samsung Enterprise-grade multi-level cell flash devices combine extra reliability with high performance to extend the life of flash-based modules to 10 years or more.
- RAID Levels: ViSX supports multiple RAID levels including 0, 1, 5, 6 & 10.
- ViSX Replicator adds Asynchronous and Synchronous replication for High Availability and Disaster Recovery capabilities.
Astute ViSX Replicator satisfies the most demanding business continuity and disaster recovery requirements. In today’s extremely competitive market climate, reliable data storage and recovery systems are essential. When developing plans to achieve everyday uptime improvement and rapid recovery in the event of an outage, ViSX Replicator is an appliance-based solution that offers local or remote replication of the data contained on your Astute ViSX performance storage appliance.
ViSX was designed to be non-disruptively deployed as an additional performance tier to complement existing SAN or NAS environments; not a rip and replace or forklift upgrade solution. IT system administrators will see ViSX as an iSCSI target on the network, which is easily provisioned and managed via the VMware vCenter Plugin tab or through the ViSX FlashWRX™ GUI for non-VMware environments. To increase overall application performance, simply move the most frequently accessed data experiencing the bottleneck, such as hot spots, Redo Log, Hot Tables, and Indexes, or move all the application’s data to ViSX. If you are in a virtualized environment, move some or all of your performance constrained virtual machine datastores to ViSX via a Storage vMotion and you will experience dramatically higher performance in minutes.