Essential Guide

Guide to storage performance and specs

Everything you need to know about storage performance

Introduction

In this ComputerWeekly.com guide we explain key aspects of storage performance, including the fundamentals that affect storage performance, how to cut through the spin in vendor product specs and how to optimise storage for virtualised environments.

Demystifying storage performance metrics (PDF)

1Fundamentals-

Storage performance fundamentals

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Six things that can wreck storage system performance

Performance bottlenecks can occur in different places in a storage system. Here's how to identify and eliminate them. Continue Reading

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Key storage performance metrics for virtual environments

We run the rule over storage performance metrics – latency, throughput and IOPS – that are key to optimising virtual machines Continue Reading

2Storage system specs-

Storage system specs and how to read them

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Storage performance metrics: How to read array supplier specification sheets

Storage array makers’ spec sheets can be difficult to translate and sometimes prove misleading – the trick is to dig out the devil in the detail Continue Reading

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$/GB vs $/IOPS and how to compare enterprise storage pricing

While raw drive prices are pennies per GB, the actual cost of enterprise storage is much higher. Finding a baseline can save you money Continue Reading

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Storage performance metrics: How suppliers spin performance specifications

Array makers’ storage performance specs are not always what they seem. Storage analysts explain how suppliers spin spec sheet figures Continue Reading

3Virtual performance-

Virtualisation and storage performance

Video

How does the I/O blender effect impact flash performance?

Howard Marks discusses what exactly causes the I/O blender effect and how it can mess with your flash performance in this Storage Decisions clip. Continue Reading

Opinion

The struggle between virtual machine performance and storage

Storage has been painted as the cause of sluggish VM performance, but it might be your hypervisor's fault. Continue Reading

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Top features to boost VMware storage performance

In virtual environments, one VM can negatively impact the performance of others, but using the right resource allocation features can help. Continue Reading

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How can I optimize VDI performance?

When virtual desktops don't work well, it makes for unhappy employees and IT pros. Luckily, there's a lot you can do to optimize VDI performance, such as allocating enough hardware and using some flash in your storage system. Continue Reading

4Cloud, flash and storage-

Cloud, flash and storage performance

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How can I ensure peak cloud storage performance?

You can hold the keys to better cloud storage performance by looking at the right metrics and knowing what to expect from them, says expert Greg Schulz. Continue Reading

Opinion

Improve performance with all-flash storage arrays

All-flash storage arrays are probably a little more expensive than what you have in place now, but they can work wonders to reduce boot storms and improve I/O. Continue Reading

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SAN storage systems purchases driven by capacity, performance

Anticipated year-over-year capacity growth of 24% and the need to boost the performance of existing applications is driving new SAN storage systems. Continue Reading

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