Solid Performance. Solid Sales. Solid-State.

If the thought of selecting and implementing the best enterprise storage solution gives you chills like a stiff wind off of Lake Michigan, fear not. This succinct video series is primer on Intel Solid-State drives that will help you turn up the heat on your enterprise storage sales.

 

These instructional videos, presented by CRN, will help you compare, assist you with selecting the best SSD solutions, give you useful tips that can help you sell SSDs to your customers, and show you tools and techniques that make implementation hassle free.

 

So sit back and tune in.

 

Making the Switch to SSD

Data keeps getting bigger, and you’re pressed to keep your customers up and running, maintaining demanding service levels.

Usage and demand for spontaneous access continues to grow and it drives a bottleneck in the data center, which can be tied directly to hard disks. Hard disks cannot keep up with the processing power of today’s data centers. It’s time to look at making the switch to SSDs that utilize much faster NAND flash. Plus they’re about 90 percent more energy efficient.

This video touches on basic SSD technology, file optimization and guidance on making the switch to SSD.

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Using SSDs to Improve Server Performance

This video looks at a case study that was performed by Intel’s internal IT department, in which an email server’s 40 HHDs were replaced by 16 Intel DC-S3700 data center SSDs.

The results were pretty remarkable. Email transaction rates were a full six times faster than before, user authentication took place in half the time, and server CPU headroom was increased by 50 percent. Additionally, rack space and cooling requirements were reduced significantly and energy efficiency increased.  (You can read the study at intel.com/it.)

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Using SSD-Based Caching to Improve Application Performance

With today’s high-speed, multi-core CPUs, the bottleneck has shifted to the storage subsystems. That’s particularly true on highly virtualized systems or I/O intensive applications such as SQL Server and Exchange.

Oftentimes, companies attack these problems by throwing storage, server memory or even more servers at the problem. Just as often the result is high costs and meager improvements. A better and more cost effective solution might be to attack the problem from the inside, with caching software.

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Optimizing Cache Performance Through SSDs

Solid-state drives increase performance and reduce lag time over HDDs. But what if you could harness that to make server workloads run even faster? That’s the idea behind cache optimization.

Cache optimization software intelligently caches frequently used data via the SSD. It integrates the SSD cache with the server DRAM cache so programs and data can be delivered at high performance flash speed. Using multi-level caching to intelligently select the frequently used data to store in the cache, the software selects the cache level that can deliver the data at the fastest rate. Optimization can be performed on physical servers or virtual machines, so the software can leverage either local or remote SSDs.

Intel’s Cache Acceleration Software (CAS) is vendor agnostic so it can work with just about any storage hardware – great news for solution providers looking for ways to improve their clients’ data centers.

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Selecting the Right SSD Solution.

Not all SSDs are created equal. Capacity, performance and costs can vary a lot. How do you select the right solution for your customers?

One of your first considerations should be NAND flash type (SLC, MLC, or eMLC) in relation to your customers’ applications. SLC is generally faster, more durable and more power efficient than MLC, which is higher density and less expensive, but it uses more energy. Enterprise-level MLC NAND flash, or eMLC NAND, is the happy medium that bridges the gap in price and lifespan between SLC and MLC.

Then there’s size. It’s common to see enterprise SSDs range from 200-GB and 400-GB models all the way up to 800-GB models. Capacity, NAND flash type, IOPs, read/write performance are some of things you need to consider.

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On-Premise vs. Cloud: How Do You Choose?

Many applications have emerged as cloud-based applications including email, office applications, CRM, storage and backup. But which parts of your customers’ IT environment are right to move off-premise and which should be kept close to home?

It’s a tough call and factors that come into play include financial considerations (OPEX versus CAPEX), security, and business continuity – performance!

Here’s where SSDs make a lot of sense for enterprise data centers and on-remise Big Data applications. They feed I/O starved applications for outstanding performance, high endurance and low latency.

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