Demartek Lab Evaluation Finds Astute Networked Flash Storage Appliance Delivers Superior Performance Over Competitive All Flash

Demartek Lab Evaluation Finds Astute Networked Flash Storage Appliance Delivers 
Superior Performance Over Competitive All Flash
Benchmarks Show Astute ViSX Performance Storage Appliance Delivers up
to 5 Times Superior iSCSI Performance and Cost per IOPS for I/O
Intensive Database and VDI Applications 
SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/07/13 --  Astute Networks(TM),
Inc., the leading provider of performance storage appliances, today
announced findings from the Demartek report, "Lab Evaluation of
Astute Networks ViSX G4 iSCSI Flash Storage Appliance." The recently
released report evaluated the performance of the Astute ViSX solid
state storage solution relative to two competitive all flash storage
arrays and found that ViSX delivered a two to five times performance
and price/performance advantage over the competitive iSCSI-based
storage arrays.  
"Astute has produced an excellent iSCSI all-flash storage appliance
with their ViSX G4, achieving their design goal of high random IOPS,
especially at block sizes up to 8K," said Dennis Martin, Demartek lab
analyst in the report. "Small block sizes of 8K or less are typical
in most virtualized applications, especially for databases performing
transaction processing, and virtual desktops. ViSX provided the
highest random I/O, small-block IOPS performance that we have tested
in our lab to date. We recommend that users consider the Astute ViSX
G4 for high-performance iSCSI storage applications." 
The benchmark tests were run on a variety of block sizes, from 512B
to 16KB and queue depths ranging from 8 to 128. Five variations of
common read/write workloads were tested including 90% read/10% write,
70% read/30% write, 50% read/50% write, 30% read/70% write, and 10%
read/90% write. The comprehensive suite of tests shows random IOPS
under each of these conditions. Identical tests were run on the
Astute ViSX Performance Storage Appliance, an all flash array from a
privately held all flash vendor, and on an all flash array from one
of the largest publicly traded storage suppliers in the world. All
configurations had 2.4TB of solid state flash and were connected to
the load-generating servers using iSCSI protocol over 10 gigabit
Ethernet connections. 
Specifically, the benchmark findings show substantial performance
advantages for smaller block sizes with random I/O. The Astute ViSX
appliance outperformed the array from the privately held all flash
storage vendor by up to 400% for a similarly priced configuration.
ViSX outperformed the all flash array from the large public storage
vendor by over 100%, with a configuration that was less than 20% of
the cost.  
"Because our ViSX performance storage appliances have been optimized
to completely offload and accelerate TCP and iSCSI protocol
processing, they provide unsurpassed performance in database, virtual
server and virtual desktop applications when running in iSCSI
environments," said Len Rosenthal, senior vice president of
marketing, Astute Networks. "Mid-sized enterprise IT managers who are
concerned about application performance will find ViSX the highest
performance, most cost-effective, and least disruptive way to exploit
the dramatic performance and cost of ownership benefits of flash
storage. The Demartek lab evaluation results underscore the
tremendous impact our solution can have in delivering the high I/O
performance organizations need for a price they can afford." 
The Astute ViSX performance storage appliance was purpose-built to
address I/O-intensive applications such as databases, virtualized
applications, and virtualized desktops (VDI). ViSX incorporates the
patented DataPump Engine(TM) processor that completely offloads and
dramatically accelerates network and storage protocol processing. The
combination of network-optimized flash and an advanced iSCSI and TCP
protocol processor eliminates all critical I/O bottlenecks that
affect application and VDI performance, and delivers unprecedented
random IOPS performance and IOPS per dollar. The solution works
seamlessly with all virtualization platforms including VMware
vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and Red Hat RHEV and
complements existing SAN storage environments with a non-disruptive,
highly optimized solid state flash-based storage tier. 
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About Astute Networks
 Astute is the leading provider of performance
storage appliances for physical and virtual environments that
increase performance, enhance user productivity, and lower IT costs.
The company's ViSX family of Networked Flash appliances is based on a
100% solid state Flash technology that cost-effectively delivers a
high number of sustained IOPS to dramatically increase application
performance. Powered by its patented DataPump Engine(TM), ViSX
overcomes performance limitations by non-disruptively delivering
shared performance to all servers and virtual machines over
pervasively deployed Ethernet networks. ViSX is available through the
company's network of authorized AstuteNet channel partners. For more
information, visit  
Astute Networks, Networked flash, ViSX, DataPump Engine, and FlashWRX
are trademarks or registered trademarks of Astute Networks, Inc. All
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Sabrina Sanchez
The Ventana Group for Astute Networks 
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