FlashSoft software increases virtual machine (VM) performance and efficiency by enabling any solid-state device as a host-level complement to existing storage. Serving requests for VMs’ most frequently accessed data from flash storage attached directly in the server, FlashSoft increases application performance for all data stores including VMFS and NFS.
The new architecture in FlashSoft software 4 takes advantage of VMware’s new vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO) framework, allowing the FlashSoft software to be integrated as a virtual data service within vSphere. This integration with vSphere 6 gives FlashSoft greater reliability, usability and performance; and enables simple, cluster-wide administration. FlashSoft software is certified VMware Ready™, the highest level of VMware certification, assuring the highest level of validation and end user confidence.
With up to 16TB of cache capacity per host, FlashSoft software scales to support acceleration of large numbers of virtual disks per host without increasing CPU or memory requirements. The software may be deployed in clusters of any size, up to the vSphere 6 maximum of 64 hosts.
Dynamic Cache Allocation
FlashSoft software automatically ensures optimal cache usage per virtual disk, assigning cache space dynamically as new virtual disks are accelerated.
Storage System Enhancement
With FlashSoft software deployed, the majority of IO requests are fulfilled from the server-side flash rather than the backend storage system, alleviating much of the burden from—and extending the usable life—of existing storage systems.
Live Cache Assignment
Assign & re-assign caching to virtual disks without VM or host restart.
VMware vCenter™ Web Client
A standard plug-in to vCenter supports management of FlashSoft software functions directly through the vCenter Web GUI.
Increase Application IOPS and VM Density
Application performance and virtual machine density are increased using FlashSoft software.
This example shows FlashSoft software increases read IOPS 10x to 36x compared to HDD. Furthermore, IOPS of 10 accelerated VMs is 20x greater than a single non-accelerated VM1.
Decrease IO Latency
Read latency is greatly reduced using FlashSoft software.
A test of 10 FlashSoft software accelerated VMs shows 23x reduction of read latency compared to the same VMs using non-accelerated HDD2.
1 Based on internal testing. Results produced using fio.exe benchmark program. System under test: Dell R730xd server with MD3820f storage array. Performance numbers are read IO per second (IOPS). Complete test report available.
2 Based on internal testing. Results produced using fio.exe benchmark program. System under test: Dell R730xd server with MD3820f storage array. Performance numbers are milliseconds of average read latency. Complete test report available.
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