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The top honors in the storage management tools category went to Load DynamiX Performance Validation appliances. The judges agreed that the ability of Load DynamiX to generate massive loads to test and stress enterprise storage systems makes it a winner -- especially at a time when storage professionals are looking to mitigate risky equipment deployments. Indeed, this is just the sort of product IT professionals were talking about in 2013, when the U.S. government healthcare website was introduced without proper load testing and failed miserably in its debut.
When evaluating the Load DynamiX appliances, our panelists highlighted its broad protocol support, a drag-and-drop user interface and actionable reports that can, in the opinion of one judge, "drive big storage savings and cost reductions." The models the appliance produces can help an organization "avoid overprovisioning costly storage infrastructure" by determining in advance "whether a given storage upgrade, component or firmware release will perform and operate properly in a customer's production environment," another judge said.
In November 2013, start-up firm SwiftTest changed its name and began selling its Load DynamiX storage validation software to customers other than storage vendors. All appliances include Workload Insight Manager, software that has been available to storage vendors since 2009. Several of the industry's biggest players -- including Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and NetApp -- use the Workload Insight Manager to test their storage arrays. Each 2U appliance is said to have the load-generation capabilities of 20 servers, and can generate metadata -- a key selling point for the company, which bills Load DynamiX as a way to understand changing workloads long before it's time to go live.
GoDaddy.com, the Internet domain registrar and Web hosting company, said Load DynamiX saved them plenty of pre-production dollars when they used it to validate a hybrid solid-state drive storage array.