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V-locity Reduces I/O from Virtual Server to Storage to Help Metals Company to Achieve More than 50% Performance Gains on their Existing Hardware Infrastructure

BURBANK Condusiv® Technologies, the world leader in software-only storage performance solutions for virtual and physical server environments, today announced that Admiral Metals has experienced dramatic benefits leveraging Condusiv V-locity® I/O Reduction Software. As a result, the company doubled its business critical application performance without having to add additional hardware.
Admiral Metals has delivered competitively priced, highest-grade metals with superb machinability since 1950. The company focuses on dedication, reliability, and commitment to customer care and fosters long-standing relationships with metal suppliers to facilitate delivery of top-notch metal tubes, rods and bars, sheet metal, and other shapes with precision accuracy.
As a customer-centered organization with a large team of service professionals accessing several workload-heavy applications, Admiral Metals needed monitoring tools for VMware to be able to determine which machines in virtual host were running optimally and which ones weren't, based on data such as workload and peak times. Admiral's work environment relied on Windows Server 2008 and 2012 R2 operating systems These applications were large I/O consumers that increasingly ate up more IOPS, making the company's SAS storage system struggle to keep up and causing sluggish performance systemwide.
Admiral Metals wanted to avoid having to continue scheduling a system reboot each week to refresh services because of significant dips in performance during peak workloads. The company considered an expensive storage hardware upgrade, but decided to turn to Condusiv to implement V-locity.
"We tried a demo of V-locity and saw an immediate reduction in I/O which led to a 50% improvement in application I/O," said Matt Skelley, Senior Systems Administrator and Engineer at Admiral Metals. "I thought their I/O reduction software approach was very compelling versus throwing more flash and spindles at the problem-which only addresses the symptom but not the real problem of small, random, fractured I/O that penalizes application performance the most. We have been using V-locity for four years now and are extremely pleased with the performance and value.
V-locity 6.0 contains two key technologies that reduce I/O from VM to storage. The first patented engine, IntelliWrite®, increases I/O density and sequentializes traffic from VM to storage by adding a layer of intelligence into the Windows OS that eliminates I/O fracturing. This reduces the I/O requirement for any given workload and increases throughput since more data is processed with each I/O operation. The second patented technology, IntelliMemory®, is a DRAM read caching engine that dynamically uses available DRAM. Just 3GB of DRAM reduces I/O response time by 40% on average.
Admiral Metals has been able to reduce the IOPS requirements from its underlying storage subsystem by nearly half during peak application usage on their heaviest workloads.
In addition to realizing the 50% decrease in I/O from VM to storage according to daily averages and peaks in workload, the company now also enjoys a number of the software's other key features since switching to V-locity, including its reporting capabilities and alerts for optimal performance and systems health.
"With V-locity's seamless policy-based monitoring, I can now always see the pulse of the health of our environment," said Skelley. "That's a huge help, as are the alerts that show thresholds on VMs. We now never have any threshold problems even during our heaviest workloads because of V-locity."
Since installing V-locity, Admiral Metals has eliminated the need to purchase more hardware and can now leverage the company's current infrastructure-as well as existing DRAM-to boost performance. This has resulted in a cost-savings model of 70% compared to installing new hardware, which only temporarily addresses the problem. "To be honest, I haven't found a weak point in V-locity," said Skelley. "The software allows us to get the most from the hardware we already have by ensuring the fastest storage media in our infrastructure is being fully utilized instead of sitting idle."
"Most organizations continue to do what they've always done to solve I/O performance, which is simply throw more expensive flash or spindles at the problem," said Brian Morin, SVP, Global Marketing and Product Management, Condusiv Technologies. "However, this band-aid procedure doesn't solve the two big I/O inefficiencies in virtual environments that robs 50% of I/O bandwidth from VM to storage with I/O characteristics that are much smaller, more fractured and more random than they need to be. V-locity I/O reduction software cures the problem giving customers like Admiral Metals a near 50% decrease in the number of I/Os from VM to storage resulting in huge application performance gains on their existing hardware."
To read the complete Condusiv customer case, please visit: Admiral Metals Case Study
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About Condusiv 
Condusiv® Technologies is the world leader in software-only storage performance solutions for virtual and physical server environments, enabling systems to process more data in less time for faster application performance. Condusiv's V-locity® I/O reduction software greatly reduces I/O overhead in virtual environments by eliminating the performance penalty from mixing uncoordinated, contentious and disruptive I/O streams from multiple virtual machines (the "I/O blender" effect). As a result, customers experience a minimum of 50% faster performance gains on their heaviest workloads. Condusiv's Diskeeper® storage performance solution is the #1 real-time fragmentation prevention solution for Windows servers and clients, keeping servers, desktops and laptops running like new permanently. With over 50 million licenses sold, Condusiv solutions are used by 90% of the Fortune 1000 and almost three-quarters of the Forbes Global 100 to increase business productivity and reduce datacenter costs while extending the life of existing hardware.
Sunday, 22 November 2015 06:00

BCI World 2015

I started to write this post as my train left London following two packed days at this year’s BCI World event. I figured that this was as good a time as any to capture my experience and thoughts whilst it’s fresh in my mind! However, I decided that I could do with a couple of weeks reflection because these conferences tend to get you quite pumped and excited and then you go back to normal. I did have a go last year at trying to describe what goes on at the event but in fairness I did only attend the exhibition and the gala dinner and this year I attended the full programme so hopefully I can more observations this time.

The first thing I should say is that the opening and closing speakers, while not topic-related, were superb and everybody appreciated them. The conference set up and organisation was well received by everyone I that spoke to and so a big thank you to the BCI for organising such a worthwhile event.



Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

2016: The Year of The Data Center

With 2016 quickly approaching, executives are starting to hash out their plans and budgets for the coming year. While all aspects of a business are important, no other division is more critical to supporting business growth than the IT department. After all, most businesses today have data they need to keep secure and functioning in order to keep things running smoothly.

That’s why it’s so pivotal that IT executives keep their data center operations top of mind for the coming year as these choices will impact their business growth not only for the 2016, but for years to come.

Keeping this in mind, I spoke with 15 data center site managers and with the office of the CTO to determine what the top trends for data centers in 2016 will be.



Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (HOT) last week said some of its North American locations were infected with malware that enabled unauthorized users to access customer payment card information.

And as a result, Starwood tops this week's list of IT security newsmakers to watch, followed by the Georgia Secretary of State's office, PandaLabs and Clearswift.

What can managed service providers (MSPs) and their customers learn from these IT security newsmakers? Check out this week's edition of IT security stories to watch to find out:



AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions' new D3 analytics business unit is predicting more than just the weather. It's capitalizing on what has become one of the company's fastest-growing businesses, predictive analytics-as-a-service, to help clients make business decisions. AccuWeather's chief commercial officer shared the details. 

"Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it," is a quote often attributed to Mark Twain. While we can't change the weather itself, many companies are using weather data combined with other data streams to make better strategic and tactical business decisions.

AccuWeather, a company best known for its consumer weather prediction and media business, has been informally consulting with organizations for two decades on how to use weather data and other data to make better business decisions. The company formally launched a predictive analytics-as-a-service business about three years ago and last month moved even deeper into the space with D3 Analytics, a division that specializes in this service of aggregating and analyzing hundreds of weather factors, together with consumer and sales data. The division provides insights to companies in the retail, healthcare, financial services, and other industry verticals.



Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

Automate Netscaler Security with Octoblu

Are you responsible for securing your company’s datacenters, networks, and data?

There is no doubt that cyber attacks and cyber espionage incidents are on the rise. PewResearch reports that most security professionals believe the following:

“By 2025, a major cyber attack will have caused widespread harm to a nation’s security and capacity to defend itself and its people (By “widespread harm,” we mean significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft at the levels of tens of billions of dollars.)”

Here are a couple of additional security facts:



Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

How Secure is Your HR Data?

When you think about an HR Department, you think about potential applicants, the interview process, an information repository for all employees or your own engagement with the company. Of course during the first week of November you consider HR to be the keeper of all things benefits — open enrollment and all of the paperwork that entails. The HR Department must keep all of this information confidential while also handling the external client roster, circulation of company policies and a wide array of interoffice communications. This poses a unique security challenge for any organization, regardless of size, which needs to prevent unauthorized internal users from accessing employee information, including PII (personally identifiable information), but needs to share employee information with external benefits providers and accounting. The environment calls for a solution with the flexibility to protect against insider threats and destroy files automatically, while enabling secure sharing.

Where to start? 

Most if not all of the information going in and out of the HR department needs some level of security, and so the first task is to inventory and classify the types of data the department handles. Two tiers work best, with tier 1 being the highest and warranting automatic security policy and encryption on creation. Tier 1 data includes intellectual property, executive compensation, Board of Director files, customer lists, financial data and employee personnel files. Tier 2 includes policy manuals, interoffice correspondence and pre-release public files. 




Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00


The attacks in Paris and subsequent events have horrified any right-minded person. The slaughter of innocent civilians sickened the world and the outpouring of support for the city of Paris; the country of France and the French people has been universal. One of the things that I thought about in the aftermath is the intersection of corruption and terrorism. The EU open border policy and its banks notoriously lax money laundering regimes and enforcement could certainly have contributed to some of the underlying factors leading to the attack. I am sure there will be aggressive and robust responses from governments across the globe involving new and beefed up anti-money laundering (AML) laws. This is something the anti-corruption compliance practitioner and all US companies need to prepare for in the days and weeks to come, largely in response to the attacks in Paris.

Most anti-corruption compliance practitioner and most US companies do not focus on AML compliance or corporate AML controls. However, the bad guys think about how to move money around from their ill-gotten gains quite a bit, using the most innocuous types of business. In an article Los Angeles Times (LAT), entitled “Cartels use legitimate trade to launder money, US and Mexico say”, reporters Tracy Wilkinson and Ken Ellingwood described a process whereby teams of money launderers working for cartels use dollars to purchase a commodity from the US and then export the commodity to Mexico or Colombia. A key is that “Paperwork is generated that gives a patina of propriety” which means that drug money is given the appearance of legitimate proceeds from a legitimate commercial transaction. An Immigration and Customs official interviewed said, “It’s such a great scheme. You could hide dirty money in so much legitimate business, and they do. You can audit their books all day long and all you see is goods being imported and exported.” Another scheme involved several executives of Angel Toy Company, who conspired with Mexican drug cartels to launder drug money through a scheme to purchase Teddy Bears (of all things), for shipment back to and for resale in Mexico. The plan was straightforward, just under $10K of cash for each shipment of Teddy Bears, which were then resold in Mexico.



Dignitaries in military garb and suit-wearers alike can’t help but be drawn to the Rapiscan CounterBomber. A modernist bongo kit of a counterterrorism device, it’s spinning slowly on a platform at Parc Des Expositions, the biggest convention center in Paris. At six feet tall and more than three feet wide, the CounterBomber has three tomtom-sized radar panels connected to a sturdy tripod. The police point it at a crowd to detect the outlines of a suicide bomb strapped to any individual, at distances “outside of the blast danger zone”. An agent in a truck somewhere clicks on people onscreen and gets a readout.

Andy Lynch, program manager at Rapiscan, says the company hasn’t sold a unit to US law enforcement yet, but it’s not out of the question. There may be some issues with fourth amendment rights, though, such is the potential for invasive unwarranted searches carried out by an agent hiding in a booth. What Rapiscan will never say out loud is that the machines would have come in handy at the Stade de France, where three men blew themselves up on Friday. It’s just a 15 minute train ride from the convention center.



Often it is said that ‘partnering’ is part of the Cisco DNA and its true: Cisco’s Partner ecosystem for years has brought together an ecosystem of trusted partners which deliver solutions, software and services that provide needed business solutions and outcomes.

Cisco has a strong ‘bench’ of technology partners, too. These partners allow us to combine Cisco solutions with their technology platforms resulting in integrated architectures focused on specific industries or use cases. Frequently these are delivered in the form of a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) and are available freely on the Cisco Design Zone.

For Cisco Big Data and Analytics solutions, where our Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data is the foundation, partners are key. We partner with industry leading Big Data firms to deliver flexible architectures and solutions which help to make your data the foundation of your digital business. Below, in alphabetical order, are new videos from some of our Big Data partners. Each is a Big Data leader in their own right and each has worked closely with Cisco to bring solution(s) to market. These are short and sweet videos – so carve out a few moments in your day and view a few: