LSI Nytro(TM) Flash Accelerator Cards Help to Optimize Performance of SQL Server 2014

LSI Nytro(TM) Flash Accelerator Cards Help to Optimize Performance of SQL
Server 2014

Nytro Server-Side Flash Cards Work in Unison With SQL Server 2014; Deliver
Performance to Fully Enable Benefits of New Buffer Pool Extension Feature

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LSI Corporation
(Nasdaq:LSI) today announced that LSI^® Nytro™ flash accelerator cards have
been tested to help amplify the performance of SQL Server 2014. The
development efforts between LSI and Microsoft bring together technologies to
help businesses overcome I/O bottlenecks, accelerate SQL Server 2014 database
transactions and extract the full value from data.

LSI Nytro flash cards are also being utilized in conjunction with the new SQL
Server 2014 Buffer Pool Extension feature to provide the low latency, high
throughput and reliability required to fully enable the benefits offered by
BPE technology.

"SQL Server 2014 enables customers to build mission-critical applications and
big data solutions using high-performance, in-memory technology," said Tiffany
Wissner, Director Product Marketing, SQL Server Product Marketing, Microsoft.
"By using SQL Server 2014 with LSI Nytro cards, our joint customers can
achieve the performance requirements of their most demanding workloads in the

"Microsoft tested LSI Nytro flash cards as a core component of SQL Server 2014
development, which is a strong endorsement of the performance and reliability
of Nytro technology," said Jas Tremblay, Vice President of Marketing,
Datacenter Solutions Group, LSI. "Through our strategic relationship with
Microsoft, we're helping customers achieve the highest application performance
for their most intensive I/O workloads."

Microsoft tested LSI Nytro cards for SQL Server 2014 development efforts to
meet the performance demands required to tune and optimize its features. Nytro
cards satisfy Microsoft's standards for building and testing SQL Server 2014
with the end result of high customer satisfaction and confidence knowing that
critical and data-intensive workloads can achieve low response times with a
high-performance and reliable solution.

Microsoft is also utilizing Nytro flash cards to fully enable the benefits
offered by the SQL Server 2014 Buffer Pool Extension feature. Buffer Pool
Extension provides database administrators with the option to increase
transaction performance by utilizing non-volatile, NAND flash-based storage in
order to extend the buffer pool size. The BPE feature functions as a level two
(L2) cache, with the main buffer pool functioning as a level one (L1) cache.
For workloads that consist primarily of frequently accessed reads, SQL Server
2014 will automatically transfer these data pages to the (L2) cache as

A simple alter server configuration command is used to specify the location
and size of the file for the BPE feature. Nytro flash cards help to accelerate
SQL Server 2014 workloads by placing this file on the Nytro card, improving
transaction performance for read-intensive workloads when database working
sets no longer fit into the main buffer pool (L1) cache. 

The comprehensive LSI Nytro product portfolio of PCIe flash accelerators are
designed to deliver high performance, reduced latency and a low CPU burden for
the most demanding database applications and I/O-intensive workloads.The
products are available from select LSI original equipment manufacturers and
through the LSI worldwide network of distributors, integrators and VARs.

More information on LSI Nytro and SQL Server 2014 solutions is available at

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accelerate storage and networking in datacenters, mobile networks and client
computing. Our technology is the intelligence critical to enhanced application
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