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FlashSoft® software for Windows Server® increases the performance of enterprise applications such as Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange. It enables the deployment of solid-state devices in the server, to increase application performance while increasing storage efficiency.
FlashSoft software for Windows Server cost-effectively boosts database and application performance on Windows servers, by enabling a solid-state device to function as a cache for frequently accessed data ("hot data") in a server, reducing data access latency and improving storage efficiency.
Using standard OLTP performance test workloads, FlashSoft software has been shown to increase application performance up to 11x.**Based on internal testing. As measured using an OLTP benchmark suite with MS-SQL Server. Performance and the optimal cache size depends on the amount of data on the volume being accelerated, the applications running on the server, and the peak utilization
Write-Through and Write-Back caching is available for optimal performance with workloads such as databases and transactional applications.
FlashSoft software can also be deployed as a read-only cache for read-intensive workloads such as Web servers, search and discovery, analytics, and streaming media. Cache data and metadata are maintained entirely on the SSD for persistence in the event of a server crash or system failure, and FlashSoft’s unique metadata model allows full recovery of the cache in milliseconds upon system restart.
FlashSoft caching software runs transparently as a block-level filter driver within the Windows Server operating system. The administrator directs the FlashSoft software to the SSD that it will use as a cache, and identifies the data volumes to be accelerated.
FlashSoft automatically identifies the hot data and begins accelerating applications. FlashSoft for Windows is managed via a plug-in to the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), so administrators can manage FlashSoft functions and operations directly from the GUI, starting and stopping acceleration on volumes through an Explorer view and checking cache performance through PerfMon.
FlashSoft software works with any standard eSATA, SAS, or PCIe SSD, and it supports all SAN or DAS storage infrastructures.
FlashSoft software uses flash devices installed in the server to minimize latency and reduce I/O between server and storage. Unlike flash deployed in storage systems, FlashSoft delivers the benefits of flash performance to the specific servers and workloads that require acceleration, without requiring modifications to storage infrastructure. As more I/O operations run on the solid-state devices installed in servers, traffic on the storage infrastructure is significantly reduced, increasing the value and the useful lifetime of existing storage investments.
The performance benefits of FlashSoft in any specific environment depend on the latency in the current storage infrastructure, the characteristics of the workload and I/O behavior, and other factors including server and network capabilities. To learn more about how FlashSoft can improve application performance in your environment, please consult a SanDisk FlashSoft representative about a free evaluation.
The optimal cache size depends on the amount of data on the disks being accelerated, the applications running on the server, and the peak utilization. Please consult a SanDisk FlashSoft representative to discuss the optimal SSD for your needs.
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