Flash-Optimizing Virtual Workloads:  HP Achieves #1 VMware VMmark with SanDisk®

Flash-Optimizing Virtual Workloads:  HP Achieves #1 VMware VMmark with SanDisk®

We continue to see a rise in the standardization of flash-enabled application workloads with SanDisk® flash.  Our customers are reporting that integrating SanDisk Flash in their enterprise data centers has enabled higher levels of technical and financial efficiencies – leading to higher productivity, improved service levels and lower costs, in many cases quite dramatically. Simply put:  flash-optimizing bare metal and virtualized infrastructure has become one of the easiest and most effective steps to address a host of challenges, problems and pain points – and achieving a modern, state-of-the art datacenter.

A recent proof point of this is a new #1 VMware VMmark benchmark by HP, with their 4P DL580 Gen9 server connecting to HP DL380 servers configured as a shared storage nodes using SanDisk Fusion ioMemory-based HP Workload Accelerators with SanDisk ION Accelerator software, all available from HP.  See HP’s Performance Brief for details. It’s worth noting that that this is not the first time that HP and SanDisk collaboration has resulted in a #1 VMmark result.  Indeed, this VMmark achievement is yet another in a series of #1 VMmark results achieved by HP since 2013 using HP Workload Accelerators and ION Accelerator software to drive virtualization performance – and with HP DL380, DL560, DL580, DL980 and BL460 servers.

Leveraging flash in a virtualized environment is an increasingly attractive option customers are choosing to cost-effectively scale VM performance densities (more and larger VMs per server), as well as increase associated response times and configuration flexibility.  With a flash-enabled virtualized server, customers are now able to run even very large OLTP and other I/O intensive workloads in not just one VM – but multiple VMs – on the same server.  SanDisk flash is extending the value of virtualization and enabling new compute economics – making it possible to do more work per server.

Customers are deploying this solution, for example, as a “consolidation” platform to reduce their database software license, support and infrastructure costs – moving multiple application workloads onto a single server – often with a second server connected for high-availability — and paying only for those server cores required.  The annual savings from re-deploying or retiring older servers and eliminating associated software license and support fees easily covers the cost of adding flash.  This solution is also highly scalable and flexible, with more flash capacity added, as needed.

Contact your SanDisk or HP sales representative to learn how SanDisk flash can help you and reach out with your questions in the comments below.

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