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Blazing Fast SQLServer with XTremIO


We have been busy discussing and showing customers how well XTremIO works with SQL Server at the Microsoft Technology Center. The live solutions makes it real for customers to see the brick under very high workload of more than 200,000 sustained IOPs with a mere  1 millisecond response time.  AppSync was used to create application-consistent snapshots of the LUNs while everything is going on without any noticeable impact to the performance.


Here is what we got out of the 2-brick config servicing IO for the 80-core SQL Server under an OLTP workload.



Our Speed Demon, Ryan Kucera, pulled me aside and said he could get another 60,000 - 70,000 IOPs out of it if he had more servers to drive the workload. So, I am sending him extra 24 cores for him to push  the brick. The gears arrive next Friday 3/25..


Are we going to see Ryan breaking the 300,000 IOPs barrier?


BTW - Meanwhile, we continue to show customers with the 200,000 IOPs config. If you have an prospect XTremIO customer and want to show them the config, drop us a line at You can also see other available live solutions in the Live Soltions Catalog at



Chai Swaddipong

Under pressure to implement a Hybrid Cloud? Everyone talks about a Hybrid Cloud and everyone wants one. What is a Hybrid Cloud anyway? Broadly speaking, it is a combination of on premise and off premise components integrated to provide an
IT service that insulates the end-user from knowledge of the implementation details. A Hybrid Cloud encompasses these following characteristics:


  • Rapid elasticity – Grow, shrink, and migrate the environment between public and private clouds
  • Resource pooling – Combine all compute power in a shared pool for distribution
  • Measured services – How much $$$ to charge user?
  • Broadband network access – A hybrid cloud resource must have Internet access
  • On-demand self-service – Ability for user to login, signup, pick an IT service from a catalog


The idea gets more interesting when it comes to the implementation of it. I came across many articles on the Internet and magazines
saying that it would be easy and practically painless to build one. So, I am setting out to build one on EMC platform to go through the experience.


Here is what the final product may look like..




The System Center 2012R2 Suites, in blue, build the Private Cloud foundation. Windows Azure Pack, in green, is an on-premise implementation. It is basically a collection of IIS applications and other frameworks that provides self-service and admin portals along with REST endpoints such as Billing and Request Management for ISV application development. So, System
Center Suites front-ended by Windows Azure Pack would be what I refer to as Private Cloud. Windows Azure, in grey, is the Public Cloud that offers the infrastructure and application services that can be integrated to the on-premise  Private Cloud. The integration would make the whole thing Hybrid and there you have it,


Let's build one....Piece of cake?


Chai Swaddipong

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