As a new generation of companies makes their move to virtualization, many are finding that it is the use of tailored I/O tools that help them to get the best utility and performance.
Typically, the most expensive parts of a virtualization project are data and storage backup. Companies will often bleed money from the need for these services, but can take these potential losses as a way to find I/O tools that actually deliver.
Take IO Turbine as an example. They use I/O redirection in order to assist IT managers by giving access to super-fast SSDs and improving their overall VM density. Actifio Inc., meanwhile, has tools focused on speeding up backup and replication times, giving companies the ability to handle greater workloads.
One of the most common ways to improve virtualization performance is to use a solid state drive or SSD, which eliminates the need to swap files that make their home on external disks. IO Turbine’s beta software, called Accelio, redirects what are known as “hot” workloads in VMware environments to Flash caches that are attached to the host. NextCloud LLC, a user of the Accelio software, said that it was more efficient than traditional disk arrays for increasing I/O operations per second.
Another option for companies looking to boost performance is to use an embedded OEM product like those from Kroll Ontrack Software, which replaces virtual and physical backup replication tools. This can help to free up space on other storage media, allowing companies greater flexibility when it comes to their Internet environment.
I/O can be one of the most difficult aspects of a cloud environment to control, but new tools on the market are now allowing companies to increase both replication and backups without sacrificing performance.