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Load DynamiX and Evaluator Group to Discuss a New Approach to Measuring Flash Storage Performance

Load DynamiX, the leader in storage infrastructure performance validation, has been working with Evaluator Group, a leading storage technology and advisory firm, to assist in the development of a vendor-neutral methodology to evaluate the performance of flash storage arrays. Leveraging the initial work of SNIA’s Solid State Working Group, the objective of this initiative is to help storage architects and storage engineers more fully understand the true performance characteristics of all flash storage arrays to optimize investments and mitigate performance risks.

A webinar reviewing these methodologies will be held on June 11, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific Daylight Time. The webinar will demonstrate how enterprise storage architects can create repeatable, verifiable, and comparable performance results of solid state storage arrays across multiple vendors and multiple configurations. “Flash Storage: A Vendor-neutral Method to Analyze Performance,” will feature two highly respected storage industry performance experts: Leah Schoeb, senior partner at Evaluator Group, and Peter Murray, senior product specialist at Load DynamiX. Both have extensive experience in performance analysis of storage systems from both the vendor and IT end-user perspective.

In addition to the webinar, attendees will have access to Evaluator Group’s new testing methodology guidelines entitled Measuring Performance of Solid State Arrays, to be released later this month. The document has been created to give enterprise storage architects and storage vendors a platform-independent approach to the selection and deployment of all flash storage arrays. It will allow architects and engineers to align deployment decisions to real-world workload performance and capacity requirements, resulting in lower storage costs and fewer performance-related outages.

“Flash-based storage arrays implement sophisticated compression, deduplication and pattern reduction processing to minimize the amount of data written to flash memory that lowers the effective cost per GB and extend flash longevity,” said Leah Schoeb, senior partner at Evaluator Group. “Incorporating these technologies requires a more comprehensive performance measurement methodology to provide an accurate picture of storage performance. Evaluator Group, working with Load DynamiX and other industry innovators, is leading this effort to coalesce the industry around a new measurement specification.”

“Understanding the performance characteristics of flash storage arrays and data reduction technologies in advance of production deployments is a complex and, until recently, costly issue for storage architects,” said Peter Murray, senior product specialist at Load DynamiX. ”The storage workload modeling and load generation appliances from Load DynamiX deliver the required performance, realism and complex content generation capabilities required for this new specification and enable an entirely new perspective into flash storage performance validation.”

Those interested in attending the webinar at 11:00 am PDT on Wednesday June 11, 2014 can register at https://www.brighttalk.com/r/r5w.

About Evaluator Group, Inc

As a technology research and advisory company, Evaluator Group provides advanced insight into Information Management, Storage, and Technology Systems. Executives and IT Managers use its services daily to make informed decisions on how to architect and purchase systems supporting their digital data. Evaluator Group surpasses the current technology landscape by defining requirements and providing an in-depth knowledge of the products as well as the intricacies that dictate long-term successful strategies. Visit www.evaluatorgroup.com for more information.

About Load DynamiX

As the leader in infrastructure performance validation, Load DynamiX empowers IT professionals with the insight needed to make intelligent decisions regarding networked storage. By accurately characterizing and emulating real-world application behavior, Load DynamiX optimizes the overall performance, availability, and cost of storage infrastructure. The combination of advanced workload analytics and modeling software with extreme load-generating appliances give IT professionals the ability to cost-effectively validate and stress today’s most complex physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures to their limits. Visit www.loaddynamix.com for more information.

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