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Server and Storage I/O Benchmark Tools: Microsoft Diskspd

Server and Storage I/O Benchmark Tools: Microsoft Diskspd
April 23, 2015 No Comments »

This is part-one of a two-part post pertaining Microsoft Diskspd.that is also part of a broader series focused on server storage I/O benchmarking, performance, capacity planning, tools and related technologies. You can view part-two of this post here, along with ... Read More »

Server and Storage I/O Benchmarking and Performance Resources

Server and Storage I/O Benchmarking and Performance Resources
April 14, 2015 No Comments »

The following are a list of various articles, tips, post and other resources about server storage I/O performance benchmarking for legacy, virtual, cloud and software defined environments along with associated tools. The best server and storage I/O (input/output operation) is ... Read More »

AIM vs. DCIM: the right choice

AIM vs. DCIM: the right choice
April 13, 2015 No Comments »

Manually managed infrastructure data typically has a 10 % error rate (Source: Watson & Fulton) and 20-40 % of ports in a network are forgotten over time (Source: Frost & Sullivan). Mapping and management takes up a great deal of staff time, introduces ... Read More »

VMware announces vSphere V6 and associated virtualization technologies

VMware announces vSphere V6 and associated virtualization technologies
April 9, 2015 No Comments »

VMware has announced version 6 (V6) of its software defined data center (SDDC) server virtualization hypervisor called vSphere aka ESXi. In addition to a new version of its software defined server hypervisor along with companion software defined management and convergence ... Read More »

Building a power monitoring and management strategy

Building a power monitoring and management strategy
April 7, 2015 No Comments »

Selecting the software and services needed to keep critical power systems continuously available IT and facilities management solutions come in many varieties, most of which include at least some power monitoring and management functionality. Generally speaking, no one solution offers ... Read More »

Server and Storage I/O Benchmarking 101 for Smarties

Server and Storage I/O Benchmarking 101 for Smarties
April 3, 2015 No Comments »

This is the first of a series of posts and links to resources on server storage I/O performance and benchmarking (view more and follow-up posts here). The best I/O is the I/O that you do not have to do, the ... Read More »

Testing your HDD, SSD or all flash array (AFA) storage primer

Testing your HDD, SSD or all flash array (AFA) storage primer
April 2, 2015 No Comments »

Over at BizTech Magazine I have a new article4 Ways to Performance-Test Your New HDD or SSDthat provides a quick guide to verifying or learning what the speed characteristic of your new storage device are capable of. An out-takefrom the ... Read More »

If you are focused only on cost you might miss other cloud storage benefits

If you are focused only on cost you might miss other cloud storage benefits
April 1, 2015 No Comments »

Drew Robb (@robbdrew) has a good piece (e.g. article) over at InfoStor titled Eight Ways to Avoid Cloud Storage Pricing Surprises that you can read here. Drew start’s his piece out with this nice analogy or story: Let’s begin with ... Read More »

Cloud Conversations: AWS S3 Cross Region Replication storage enhancements

Cloud Conversations: AWS S3 Cross Region Replication storage enhancements
March 31, 2015 No Comments »

Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently among other enhancements announced new Simple Storage Service (S3) cross-region replication of objects from a bucket (e.g. container) in one region to a bucket in another region. AWS also recently enhanced Elastic Block Storage (EBS) ... Read More »

Gathering Transaction Per Minute Metrics from SQL Server and HammerDB

Gathering Transaction Per Minute Metrics from SQL Server and HammerDB
March 30, 2015 No Comments »

When using benchmark or workload generation tools such as HammerDB I needed a way to capture and log performance activity metrics such as transactions per minute. For example using HammerDB to simulate an application making database requests performing various transactions ... Read More »