Len Rosenthal, Load DynamiX

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Before adding solid-state drives, right-size your infrastructure using workload profiling

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter’s approach.

If you’re looking to add Solid-State Drives to your storage environment you want to avoid under-provisioning to ensure performance and scalability, but to meet cost goals and avoid unnecessary spending you need to avoid over-provisioning. Workload profiling can help you achieve the critical balance.

A recent survey of 115 Global 500 companies by GatePoint Research and sponsored by Load DynamiX showed that 65% of storage architects say they are doing some sort of pre-deployment testing before making their investment decision.  Alarmingly, only 36% understand their application workload I/O profiles and performance requirements. They don’t know what workload profiling is and how it can be used to accurately evaluate vendors against the actual applications that will be running over their particular storage infrastructure.

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