Load DynamiX Publishes a Practical “How to” Guide for Testing the Performance of All-Flash Storage Arrays

Methodologies Based on Workload Modeling and Performance Profiling Will Simplify the Performance Evaluation Process of Solid State Storage Solutions

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Load DynamiX, the leader in storage infrastructure performance validation, announced today the availability of the Testing All-Flash Arrays with Load DynamiX white paper. The guide, with its two core testing methodologies, was developed to support recent published reports from both IDC and Evaluator Group, as well as the proposed methodology being discussed by the SNIA Solid State Storage System Technical Working Group.

The goal of this initial methodology is to provide consistent measurement guidelines for All-Flash Arrays (AFAs). It aims to give readers a practical, step-by-step guide into the actual process of flash storage testing while sharing the experiences of dozens of Load DynamiX customers who have been actively testing AFAs.

AFAs differ from traditional spinning disk arrays in behavior, performance, durability and cost. Storage engineers and architects at Global 2000 IT organizations considering AFAs for their workloads must explore the behavior of these products and, as much as possible, assess them in the context of their expected workloads. With a robust validation process in place, engineers and architects can optimally select and configure AFA products for their workloads by aligning performance requirements to purchase and deployment decisions. With such insight, application performance can be predictably assured and storage costs can be significantly reduced for production storage systems.

To tune its storage performance validation methodology for AFAs, Load DynamiX describes three key areas in the guide:

  1. Properly pre-conditioning the array to create a realistic application state prior to applying load
  2. Stressing and profiling of specific AFA behaviors, such as data reduction techniques and other common enterprise features, such as clones and snapshots, that can greatly affect performance and total cost of ownership
  3. Testing with realistic emulations of application workloads typically deployed with AFAs

“Although AFAs are increasingly becoming more affordable, they are not justified for every workload. Determining which workloads to move to AFAs has been an industry-wide challenge,” said Philippe Vincent, chief executive officer of Load DynamiX. “We’ve now simplified the AFA performance validation process with new methodologies developed in collaboration with many of the industry’s foremost experts in flash storage systems. The result is a methodical and repeatable process to ensure IT architects make the most cost-effective deployment decisions for their organization.”

“Flash performance testing has been transitioning from an art to a science as the industry is still mastering the optimal methods to test AFAs. The Load DynamiX approach to performance validation is very comprehensive, is vendor-independent, and will enable actionable insight for IT organizations trying to make purchase and deployment decisions,” said Dennis Martin, founder and president of Demartek, a leading computer industry analyst organization with its own computer and storage test lab.

The “Testing All Flash Arrays with Load DynamiX” document can be downloaded at http://www.loaddynamix.com/resources/white-papers/flash-storage-testing-white-paper/

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As the leader in storage infrastructure performance validation, Load DynamiX empowers storage 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 modeling software with extreme load-generating appliances give IT professionals the ability to cost-effectively validate and stress today’s most complex physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure to its limits.

Contacts

For Load DynamiX
Kelly Dorsey, 818-436-9646
kdorsey@loaddynamix.com

Release Summary

Load DynamiX publishes Testing All-Flash Storage Arrays with Load DynamiX white paper/“how to” guide, offering a practical, step-by-step guide into the actual process of flash storage testing.

Contacts

For Load DynamiX
Kelly Dorsey, 818-436-9646
kdorsey@loaddynamix.com