FlashSoft® software cost-effectively boosts database and application performance on Linux. FlashSoft enables solid-state storage to function as a cache for frequently accessed data ("hot data") in servers, increasing both application performance and storage efficiency.
Using standard OLTP performance test workloads, FlashSoft software has been shown to increase application performance from 3x to 5x1.
A write-back caching option is available for optimal performance with workloads such as databases and transactional applications. FlashSoft can natively mirror two SSDs to protect against data loss in the event of SSD failure, without the incremental latency or complexity of third-party RAID.
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 software's unique metadata model allows full recovery of the cache in milliseconds upon system restart.
FlashSoft software runs transparently as a block-level module within the Linux operating system. The administrators direct the FlashSoft software to the SSD that the software will use as a cache, and select which data volumes to accelerate.
FlashSoft then automatically identifies the hot data and accelerates data access for the identified volumes. The FlashSoft software is managed through a set of command-line tools, so administrators can manage its functions and operations directly, starting and stopping data acceleration as needed.
Performance tests2 illustrate FlashSoft software was able to accelerate the workload from 464 IOPS to 7,388 IOPS – nearly a 16x increase in performance compared to the non-accelerated back end. Storage latency was also greatly improved dropping from 1,210 milliseconds to 54.93 milliseconds – a 22x improvement in response time.
|Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 (64-bit)|
|CentOS 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 7.0, 7.1 (64-bit)|
|Linux KVM on RHEL and CentOS 7.0 and 7.1|
|SLES 11 SP3, SP4 (64-bit)|
|SLES 12, SLES 12 SP1|
|Ubuntu Server 14.04.x LTS with kernel version 3.13.0-24 or higher|
|Any DAS or SAN storage|
Aug 31, 2015 — SanDisk FlashSoft Integrates Data Service for VMware vSphere by Lyle Smith, StorageReview
Aug 31, 2015 — SanDisk Announces FlashSoft 4 Integrated In VMware vSphere by Paul, Alcorn, Tom's IT Pro
Aug 26, 2014 — VMworld 2014 - Storage News Part 1: vSphere APIs for I/O Filters, Storage & Virtualization blog by Cormac Hogan
FlashSoft software is now available in bundles with SanDisk PCIe, SAS, and SATA.
1. Based on internal testing. As measured using an OLTP benchmark suite on MySQL 5.5. Complete test report available upon request. Performance results may vary according to system architecture, configurations and applications.
2. 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.
3. Based on internal testing. Performance results may vary according to system architecture, configurations and applications. Performance results may vary according to system architecture, configurations and applications.
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