While visiting VMworld 2013 in San Francisco I attended some of the Tech Field Day roundtables. One of the presenting companies was Infinio. I already seen their presentation during Tech Field Day 9 (watch the video’s here )
In the world of accelerating your storage performance in a virtual environment most vendors use flash for acceleration, while Infinio chose to accelerate though a different path. As said most of the modern day storage performance accelerators use flash as a way to accelerate the reads (and sometimes writes like PernixData, Flashsoft and Proximal Data) Infinio uses RAM (and CPU) to accelerate performance. Here is a video on how this works:
Infinio works on NAS only, at the moment but this might change in the future. As the video shows the solution works through a VM that allocates 8 GB memory (and 2 vCPU’s) from the ESXi host to create a deduplicated memory cache pool. The installation process for infinio is very easy:
It all starts with the download of the Infinio Accelerator installer.
Let the Infinio Accelerator software discover your virtual infrastructure and choose the datastores you want to accelerate
Install the Accelerator software and get the boost in performance
No reboots required for boosting your storage performance and no Flash device needed. It sounds awesome and it is awesome. So surf to the infinio website and make sure you download and install the software (you can try it for 30 days and if it doesn’t meet your requirements, you can just as easy de-install the product as it was installed). After you convinced yourself of the Infinio product you can buy the software for $ 499,- per socket (which will turn out to be $ 998,- per ESXi host in most environments)
One other video you should see is the Tech Field Day Roundtable at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco:
All information in this blogpost was collected from:
In my first post I talked about the Tech Field Day Roundtables where Asigra will take the lead in the first roundtable discussion. The second roundtable (on monday 26-08-2013) will be lead by the Infinio team. To be honest, I really don’t know that much about Infinio, other then the information that they gave during the presentation on Tech Field Day 9. I’ll put these video’s up for it is extremely valuable information if your like me a bit new to Infinio.
So three simple steps to seperate performance of capacity:
1. Download the setup file from the Infinio website
2. Discoever your virtual infrastructure
3. Deploy the accelerator engines and boost the performance
Infinio doesn’t use SSD (Flash) to boost performance, but the Infinio accelerator engine deploys a virtual appliance on each host that uses 2 vCPU’s ,8 GB of RAM and 15 GB of local storage to provide a pooled, deduplicated cache in memory to your vSphere environment.
I received an invitation of the TechFieldDay team to join them on their roundtables during VMworld 2013 in San Francisco. I attended these roundtables last year also, and it was awesome to do these deep dives with the companies presenting.
This year we have some vendors that I already met during previous Tech Field Days, but also some new ones.
The first roundtable being held will be on Asigra, a company providing companies a cloud model backup and recovery suite.
As the picture above shows, Asigra is an agentless backup and recovery suite. This is important as you want to protect your infrastructure the most easy but secure way. Installing an agent on every server can be time-consuming, it consumes resources (CPU, RAM) from the server and for agents to do it’s work you’ll probably have to open a firewall port on which communication to take place posing a security risk. Using the Asigra agentless approach you’ll bypass these problems.
As most modern backup and recovery vendors, Asigra offers deduplication. With Deduplication and Compression Asigra provides you as a customer, as well as the ISP the best possible solution for Cloud Backup.
I’m looking forward too seeing the Asigra guys again, as we already met them during Storage Field 2.