Astute ViSX G3's first job is to enable efficient adoption of server and desktop virtualization within a network. But it also can benefit private cloud systems with sustained random I/O performance using optimized flash memory.
, which specializes in
NAND flash-based appliances for virtualized infrastructures, Aug. 15 introduced
a network performance accelerator specifically for VMware environments designed
to clear out workloads faster via more efficient use of resources.
ViSX G3's first job is to enable efficient adoption of server and desktop
virtualization within a network. But it also can benefit private cloud systems
because it features sustained random I/O performance-using optimized flash
memory-to virtual machines over standard local area networks.
lot of network administrators are quite familiar with the catchphrase 'crawl
and stall,' which happens when virtualized networks get overloaded with server
storage," Astute Senior Vice President of Marketing Jay Kramer told eWEEK.
"This is a purpose-built hardware and software package that alleviates all
analysts, such as Yankee Group and Forrester, have reported that less than 15
percent of data centers have virtualized their main business applications,
Kramer said. Most enterprises have virtualized only non-essential applications
primarily because of the virtual stall problem and performance concerns, he
many legacy systems, databases, virtual desktops and cloud computing
environments generate more network and storage I/O than virtual environments
and storage can handle, which is the main cause of "crawl and stall."
Normally, those frontline applications would be prime candidates for being
virtualized, but many CTOs and data center managers are hesitant to make the
move if the older system they currently use is working well enough.
storage has inherent bottlenecks that must be solved to avoid "crawl and
stall." The basic problem is that data gets scrambled as though in a
blender when it travels from servers through pipelines to a hypervisor and then
into storage containers. Reassembling increasing amounts of data wears heavily
on a conventional system because it takes extra time-at ultimately higher
cost-for unoptimized systems to straighten all the bits out and get them put
back together so they can be used.
in all the virtual machines being created, and this increases the density of
the VM farm, presenting even more control issues. As a result, networks are
often too slow to support SAP, Oracle and SQL databases; Microsoft Exchange and
SharePoint service levels and user mailbox loads; and backing up or recovering
virtualized data stores.
ViSX G3 box, which will be demonstrated at VMworld
in Las Vegas Aug. 29-Sept. 1
, consists of enterprise flash memory, the
company's own DataPump Engine processor, and some other custom hardware and
software. Each ViSX G3 supports 64 virtualized host servers and their virtual
machines with dedicated I/O.
said the ViSX G3 also delivers fully offloaded and accelerated network traffic
(TCP/IP), virtualized data store traffic (iSCSI), and multilevel RAID protection.
ViSX G3 is available in three models: The ViSX G3 1200 is priced at $29,000,
the ViSX G3 2400 is $59,000 and the ViSX G3 4800 is $94,000. Astute Networks is
based in San Diego.