Slow Drain… What to Do When Performance is TOO High

Across the board, users are moving to all flash for all their primary storage requirements.  Years ago, using Flash was great way to provide super low latency, wicked high IOPS, and better $/IOP for performance sensitive apps. But since those early days, costs have come down, capacities have increased, and reliability has proven to be … Continue reading Slow Drain… What to Do When Performance is TOO High

Guarantees in Life: Death, Taxes, and 4:1 Space efficiency with Dell EMC All Flash

One of Benjamin Franklin’s most famous quotes is “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” And while these basic truths do not inspire the most hope or optimism for civilized society, there is a new certainty that has IT folk’s enthusiastic for a better way to meet their … Continue reading Guarantees in Life: Death, Taxes, and 4:1 Space efficiency with Dell EMC All Flash

Why Compression for VMAX All Flash? Because it works.

Many times when a significant new feature is introduced, users look to validate that the capability works as advertised before implementing it into their app environments. So as compression for VMAX All Flash was rolled out last year, users wanted to know what the impact would be on their workloads.  Would they get consistent, predictable … Continue reading Why Compression for VMAX All Flash? Because it works.

Not All Compression Technologies are Created Equal

Think all compression technologies are created equal? Depending on the implementation, there are potential performance impacts associated with writing and reading compressed data as either an inline or post process implementation. The potential impact can create a considerable performance overhead on the array, especially for highly active data and workloads. To avoid this potential impact, … Continue reading Not All Compression Technologies are Created Equal

Compression Perfection: Optimizing Performance and Efficiency

One of the coolest and most anticipated features of the new VMAX All Flash software release is compression. At a high level, it allows the array to minimize the amount of space required to store an app based on the compressibility of the data. The general rule of thumb is about a 2:1 compression for … Continue reading Compression Perfection: Optimizing Performance and Efficiency