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Vol. 10 Num. 12 February 2012

Poor performance? Maybe it’s the app and not the storage

When applications get bogged down, all eyes typically focus on the storage; but maybe we should take another look at the application itself. At an IBM conference a while back, I participated in a panel discussion and one of the questions tossed my way was one I seem to get all the time: “What do I need to do to my storage infrastructure to make my applications perform faster?” It seems like everyone points at the storage infrastructure to find the culprit for slow performing applications, which is logical given all the money EMC has spent over the years to lock in the notion that storage is where information lives. But I’m finding that storage itself is rarely the source of the problem. Yes, there are ways to speed up IOPS on a storage rig. As mentioned in last month’s column, one approach to expediting storage responsiveness is to use a variant of sub-LUN tiering that leverages flash solid-state storage, or memory generally, to service data requests. When data is written to a hard disk, and then exposed to frequent and/or ...

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Features in this issue

  • 2011 Storage Products of the Year

    by Editors

    These 18 enterprise data storage products rank as the best of 2011 and stand out because of their innovation, practicality and good value.

  • How storage stacks stack up

    by  Eric Slack

    Storage stacks bundle storage, servers and networking in a single pretested product. While the parts may not be best of breed, a stack may be the best bet for your firm.

  • New tape techs

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    New developments in tape technologies and applications will help breathe new life into this venerable, and still very useful, storage medium.

Columns in this issue

  • Three key VDI storage challenges

    by  Jeff Byrne, Contributor

    Virtual desktops offer some attractive benefits, but storage systems that aren’t up to the task can make it hard to realize those benefits.