Is SAN Tuning necessary?

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Today's SAN challenge lies not in implementing a SAN, but in understanding the performance requirements to tune a SAN for maximum benefit to the enterprise. If a SAN is not properly tuned, access to storage can become slow, inefficient, and costly. SAN tuning via the implementation of a SANaccelerator delivers a powerful way to provide maximum benefit with minimal time and cost outlays. 

The first step to tuning a SAN is obtaining information on specific facets of SAN performance such as device throughput rates, daily throughput, and average block or record size. Good SAN management software should provide this information. 

Since the SAN infrastructure shares common components (switches, directors and storage resources), ensuring that high priority data requests get immediate response and are not queued behind pending low-priority data requests is critical. Architecting a hierarchical storage model into the SAN using SANaccelerators, RAID Arrays, JBOD, and Tape drives can ensure consistent data accessibility and meeting Quality of Service (QOS) objectives. 

SANaccelerators that use solid state technology are playing an increasingly important role in tuning the performance of SANs. Flexibly apportioned to different SAN needs, SANaccelerators can be managed with standard tools to allow the performance benefits to be effectively directed to areas of the SAN where performance acceleration is needed. SANaccelerators complement other storage resources in the SAN by ensuring that frequently accessed data is positioned on the fastest media available when it is needed, where it is needed. 

 

 

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Imperial SANaccelerator Receives Brocade Fabric Aware Status for Interoperability - November 11, 2002

 

What Goes Around Comes Around in Storage Computer Technology Review - October 2, 2002

 

Tuning Storage Area Networks with Solid State Disk DM Direct Online - September 27, 2002

 

Imperial & Tek-Tools Partner for SRM  - September 24, 2002

 

Imperial & FalconStor  Partner for SAN-Based SSD Cache - September 16, 2002

 

Solid State Disk Gives SANs Performance SearchStorage - August 12, 2002

 

Imperial SANaccelerator Ably Lives Up to Its Name eWeek - July 29, 2002

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The Clipper Group Navigator Report

IDC Bulletin on SSD

The High-Performance Alliance: SAN, SSD, and Virtualization


Tuning SANs with SSD

 

 

 

Imperial Technology - Accelerating Application Performance

 

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