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FlashSoft™ software for VMware® vSphere® enables a solid-state device (SSD) to function as a cache for frequently accessed data ("hot data") in a server. FlashSoft software is installed as an ESXi kernel module within the vSphere operating system. By caching the hot data on a high-speed SSD installed on the server, access times are reduced and applications spend less time waiting for data.
Remove the configuration challenge, additional overhead, and security concerns associated with agents running in each VM.
FlashSoft scales to support very large numbers of VMs without increasing CPU or memory requirements which stay at 3-5 % of overall CPU and 140MB of RAM no matter how many volumes or VMs are accelerated.
FlashSoft automatically optimizes cache usage per VM, assigning cache space dynamically as new VMs are added. No need to adjust existing VMs.
Cache content is preserved in the event of VM restart or host reboot. Cache metadata is restored in milliseconds allowing VMs to be accelerated immediately without waiting for another "warm-up".
Separate acceleration for bases and clones. Golden image content is not duplicated across caches, conserving SSD space and I/O throughput.
A standard plug-in to vCenter allows the management of FlashSoft functions directly through a vCenter GUI. No need to dedicate another server or VM to manage the FlashSoft cache software.
VMware features such as HA, vMotion™ and Storage vMotion are seamlessly supported by FlashSoft.
Contact a FlashSoft sales representative, 408-801-3567, firstname.lastname@example.org Technical Support: 408-801-3558
FlashSoft software runs on any standard SSD or flash PCIe, SAS, or eSATA
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.
Server Memory & CPU
FlashSoft for VMware vSphere will run on any system that will effectively run vSphere 5.0. vSphere compatibility list is available at the VMware website:
Cloud Plus delivers Private Cloud Solutions to companies across Australia and New Zealand, with a mission to remove the cost and complexity from cloud computing. Cloud Plus demonstrated the value of deploying flash-based caching to deliver required service levels to critical workloads. Through the deployment of FlashSoft, Cloud Plus built a cloud platform that delivers the performance necessary for the company's clients’ most demanding workloads.
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Located in the Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Plaxo builds innovative new products for entertainment, communications and the digital home. By utilizing FlashSoft for VMware® vSphere®, the business keeps its promise of high levels of uptime while keeping the cost of the service down. By enabling efficient infrastructure for the virtualization of mission critical database operations, FlashSoft brought significant return to the existing infrastructure at a modest cost.