In terms of major innovations that will transform enterprise IT in the months and years ahead, nothing is quite as profound as the recent advances in memory. First with the rise of Flash and DDR4 and now the arrival of non-volatile memory technologies such as 3D XPoint from Intel and Micron Technology, applications will soon run multiple orders of magnitude faster than they do today on traditional magnetic storage systems.
To provide a framework that will make it simpler for IT organizations to tap into those advances, Plexistor today unveiled a layer of software-defined memory, dubbed Plexistor Solution, which company CEO Sharon Azulai says eliminates the need for IT organizations to provision dedicated infrastructure resources to specific classes of applications. Instead, the IT organization defines the level of performance required by the application workload, which Plexistor Solution then configures the available IT infrastructure resources to provide.
In addition to making it simpler to manage the underlying IT environment, Azulai says the same IT infrastructure can now be used to support both advanced in-memory applications and existing legacy applications that were originally designed to access magnetic storage.
The result, says Azulai, is that IT organizations no longer have to waste valuable time fine-tuning IT environments to optimize application performance.
IT organizations of all sizes are clearly trying to create more elastic IT environments that can scale resources on demand. Driving that shift is demand from the business for more responsiveness in terms of overall IT agility. While advances in memory technologies represent a major advance in application performance, IT still needs a way to manage those resources with enough automation to keep up with the speed at which those applications will soon run.