Tuesday, April 21, 2009

It is not the SSD technology but what you do with it!!!!!!

The start of my NAB commentary, more to follow:

Last week Atrato introduced SSD support. Good for them, but these days that is simply “Jacks or Better.” Please excuse the Las Vegas association with the comment but sitting in the Flamingo Hotel after a day of walking the NAB floor I am somewhat influenced.

Listening to a demonstration by the Atrato team today their apparent and unfair advantage is their Virtualization Software called ApplicationSmart™. This unique tool automates the decision process that optimizes the use of high performance, Tier 0 storage, based on actual access patterns. This software simplifies the delivery of SSD performance advantages without the current pain of trying to manage to complex data use patterns.

Their self optimization features include:

  • Application of statistical analysis to create adaptive histograms that identify hot spots highlighting data that are cacheable candidates. This is leadership technology minimizes the complexity of effectively managing Tier 0 storage.
  • Automate the movement of data, dynamically, when I/O patterns change.
  • Data protection options are applied across the virtualized storage pool.
  • Adjust ingest performance profile automatically.
  • Detects read request patterns and optimizes pre-fetch actions to exploit the SSD layer.

The challenge facing Atrato is how to transcend their technology DNA and translating what their very bright technologist have developed into meaningful end user, problem solving messages that will create market resonance. They have done the hard work, let us see if they can exploit.

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