Friday May 08, 2009

FREE - Improving Storage Performance Webinar

This 30-minute presentation features Angelo Rajadurai, Sr. Technology Evangelist, discussing how flash-based Unified Storage Systems can improve application performance. Sun high-performance storage use a combination of flash drives and conventional hard disk drives to improve LAMP stack performance by 2x, or more. There is a demo of storage analytics application that enables admins to see graphically, and in fine detail what process, application, or user is loading the storage system. Finally, there is a discussion of how the new storage products can provide a tiered solution for cloud-based storage, lowering costs and increasing performance. Sun Startup Essentials members are eligible for significant discounts on Sun storage solutions.

GO and WATCH IT HERE

Sunday Feb 15, 2009

Why do customers/startups love Amber Road - 7000 Storage units ?

Customer: BlueOrange Networks

BlueOrange Networks offer "boutique" hosting in a fully virtualized environment. Because the virtual machines are independent of the
physical hardware, they must live on a NAS array.

"We needed high performance, but at budget prices - not things which usually go together with storage. But we got both from Sun with their Open Storage 7110 and the Startup Essentials programme." - Dr Jack Kreindler, Managing Director

As a startup, BlueOrange has a tight budget, and needs to get clients up and running quickly.

"I was impressed with how quick and easy it was to  get going. Just 5 minutes in a web browser, and we were up and running." - Daniel Shane,
Infrastructure Manager

The sort of NAS devices usually affordable to a new company with tight cashflow are cheap commodity devices which do not give the
level of confidence required for a high availability service.


The decision to use the 7110 was based on:

\* "Enterprise" quality hardware, backed up by Sun support

\* Great observability - in a shared environment it is critical to be able to find out which customers are over-utilising the array. No other product makes this trivial.

\* No arbitrary features cut out to extract more money for software licenses, so we can afford to use everything the hardware can do and
split it up as required. Other options wouldn't be able to do it without spending money to unlock things the devices can already do.

\* Ability to run high availability virtualisation

\* Affordable price. 

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