Time to reconsider your storage strategy, warns Tegile’s Silver

Paul Silver, Tegile Systems (Image: Tegile Systems)

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8 December 2015 | 0

Addressing the storage capacity/performance puzzle has become one of the key challenges for IT professionals. Databases are growing in size all the time, and the performance demands on your storage systems are increasing in parallel – not to mention the requirements for electrical power and physical space in which to house your ever expanding data. Tackling this problem with traditional disk technology has meant scaling up massively, adding significant extra cost for more space.

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So when thinking about new storage options, we believe there’s a strong case for embracing a new way of meeting capacity and performance requirements, while ensuring your investment is future-proofed. That’s where Tegile Systems comes in. Tegile offers a portfolio of Intelligent Flash Arrays, including both all-flash and hybrid models, which marry solid-state and disk technology. This gives our customers the freedom and flexibility to choose a storage solution that’s right for their needs, simplifying how they manage storage and eliminating storage silos in their business.

As servers grow ever more powerful and multi-core, disks alone haven’t been able to keep up, and it leads to server capacity being greatly under-utilised. With our hybrid option, we can double the performance of a server – reducing the number of cores you need to run your database. That way, you don’t need to buy as many Oracle or SQL licences as you would with traditional storage, and you can offset those savings against the cost of investing in more capacity.

With our hybrid architecture, you get a fast layer of flash-based storage and a capacity layer comprising disks. The flash-based performance layer, combined with in-line compression and deduplication, means we dramatically reduce the amount of data we process to achieve real speed and performance gains, while the capacity layer of disk storage drives the overall price down.

“With our hybrid architecture, you get a fast layer of flash-based storage and a capacity layer comprising disks. The flash-based performance layer, combined with in-line compression and deduplication, dramatically reduces the amount of data we process to achieve real speed and performance gains”

When a Tegile infrastructure replaces a traditional storage array in a virtualised environment – no matter whether it’s VMware, Citrix or Hyper-V – we typically get between a 3x and 10x performance improvement over the original infrastructure.

In a proof of concept next to a traditional storage system running a database, Tegile was 26 times as fast, and we saved 58% of actual capacity in disk terms – reducing the physical space required and lowering the need for power. The savings are greater still in virtual desktop environments, where Tegile can save up to 95% of the space.

And the future-proofed capability comes not only from the ability to expand the capacity and capability of our system. We can cater for many protocols such as iSCSI, Fibre Channel, NFS, SIFS and SMB3, so that your organisation isn’t locked in to the choice that might be right today, but may change tomorrow.

Our combined commercial and technical advantage comes from a combination of Tegile’s architecture and investment from two of the storage industry’s biggest names, Western Digital and SanDisk.

Don’t just take our word for it: for the past two years, Gartner has named Tegile in its Magic Quadrant – we’re the only next-generation storage company included in the general-purpose and all-flash categories. In Ireland, Savenet has chosen Tegile when upgrading its cloud backup and recovery infrastructure, and in 2014, Aer Lingus also replaced its EMC storage hardware with Tegile’s hybrid arrays.

The crux of any buying decision where technology is concerned is that you’re not just buying for today’s needs; you also have to take into account tomorrow’s demands too. Tegile gives you that freedom.

 

Paul Silver is vice president of the EMEA region at Tegile Systems

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