Ten Steps You Shouldn't Take to Make Storage Run Faster

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Many database systems use summary tables to calculate point-in-time snapshots of aggregated information. An example is the use of a “materialized view” to show the total and average invoice values on a billing system at the end of a business day. Due to the volume of data in the invoice table, a legacy storage system would not be able to continuously calculate these values as each user requires them, so a “snapshot” of the values is calculated only at certain times of the day.

Typically, compromise can be a great thing – certainly a mandate in most relationships, but not in the world of IT, and especially not in the storage space. In IT, compromise always comes at a cost. For years, IT has been inventing and implementing workarounds to cope with the poor performance of storage systems bound by mechanical hard disks. As processor, memory and network speeds have repeatedly doubled over the years, storage media have failed to keep pace, creating unbalanced ecosystems.

Often, these compromises are so ingrained that they have become second nature. No thought is given to the overhead because no alternatives existed. That is, until now, with the proliferation of flash-based storage systems and the trajectory of the all-silicon data center.

Fahima Zahir, product marketing, Violin Memory, has identified the top 10 coping mechanisms found in today’s storage environments that should be avoided.

 

Related Topics : Fujitsu, Storage Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Virtual Tape Library, InfiniBand

 
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