Simplified workload modeling allows enterprises to evaluate performance prior to deployment
April 14, 2014
Load Dynamix on Monday announced its latest storage workload modeling products to enable storage architects to accelerate evaluation and deployment of new system technologies, including solid state storage, compression and deduplication. New offerings include a 2U rack mount appliance that can generate workloads emulating tens of thousands of users.
New workload modeling tools include a VDI simulation as well data compression and deduplication workloads. The new physical appliance includes both 10G Ethernet as well as 16G Fibre Channel ports. A new virtual appliance is available as a software-only version of the Load Dynamix load generation physical offerings, which is targeted at technology vendor engineering organizations. Development engineers can duplicate proven approaches already used by their QA organizations. This provides a low cost facility for early performance testing in the development process.
A simplified user interface for creating workloads and improved analytics and reporting ease the implementation of testing procedures. Reporting templates provide enhanced capabilities for capacity planning and head-to-head product evaluations. A new VDI application workload model is specifically designed to help users evaluate storage systems by creating a large number of VDI Linked Clones and measuring VDI boot storm performance. Granular workload models for NFSv3, SMB 2, iSCSI and Fibre Channel enable a high degree of customization and detail involving storage access patterns, block/file sizes and distributions, directory structures and load properties. The new systems provide modeling for data compression and inline deduplication which are key issues that evaluators must quantify properly to assess the economics of adopting flash or hybrid storage.
Our Take: By packaging a set of customizable load generating algorithms into a small physical package, Load DynamiX has reduced the cost and risk involved with the creation of test workloads by enterprise IT organizations. The virtual appliance will be useful in the development shops of storage system vendors --James E. Bagley