For organizations who need to improve the performance of file servers, the typical response is to overbuy and overprovision for performance from new hardware standpoint. While led to believe this solves the problem, it merely serves no better than a temporary band-aid solution.
Root cause performance issues for I/O intensive file servers can be traced back to I/O inefficiencies from excessively small writes and reads that chew up system performance and is akin to pouring molasses on even the most powerful systems since a majority of the I/O traffic is much smaller than it needs to be. This “death by a thousand cuts” scenario inflates IOPS, robs throughput, and shortens the lifespan of HDDs and SSDs alike.
For virtual environments, this is a problem on steroids as the I/O streams from disparate virtual machines (VMs) are mixed together and randomized via the “I/O blender” effect before sending out to storage a very random and difficult profile to process.
Because this inefficiency wastes system resources at its most basic production level, the file, and because of the sheer scale of read/write operations on even a small corporate server, I/O bottlenecks build up fast and create slows on all Windows servers.
How should I optimize my File Server performance?
Condusiv solutions address root cause performance issues at the point of origin where I/O is created by ensuring large, clean contiguous writes from Windows to eliminate the “death by a thousand cuts” scenario of many small writes and reads that chew up performance. Condusiv solutions electrify performance of file servers even further with the addition of DRAM caching – using idle DRAM to serve hot reads without creating an issue of memory contention or resource starvation. Condusiv’s “Set It and Forget It” software optimizes both writes and reads and guarantees to solve your toughest application performance challenges or your money back for 90 days – no questions asked.
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