The 6.1 release of Storage Foundation High Availability introduces SmartIO which enables customers to increase application performance and reduce storage costs while maintaining availability of data and applications.
SmartIO takes advantage of internal Solid State Storage (SSD) devices to provide an intelligent, distributed caching layer to serve more reads and writes from inside the host, effectively decoupling front-end IOPs from back-end capacity. SmartIO allows customers to cache at the Volume (VxVM), File System (VxFS), and file level for highly granular control of application performance and utilization of the solid state device. SmartIO utilizes advanced heuristics to maximize the effectiveness of cache population and eviction to ensure the most relevant data is stored within SmartIO’s cache areas. SmartIO can also tie directly into the IO patterns of mission critical databases, such as Oracle and Sybase, to take “hints” as to the type of workload those databases are running and adjust its caching accordingly. Finally, for the most specific of use-cases, SmartIO allows customers to “pin” specific files and directories to the cache to ensure the cache is pre-warmed with that target data.
SmartIO is completely integrated into the core Storage Foundation components and can be run in both stand-alone (SF/SFHA) and clustered (SFCFSHA) configurations. Due to the integrated nature, SmartIO can be configured, managed, and tuned without impacting the overlying application. There is no down-time and no new software to install or manage.
Once configured, SmartIO provides:
Documentation for the release is available on our SORT Documentation Site.
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