Datrium DVX Introduces Insane Performance

Datrium just announced a brand new feature of the Datrium DVX – Insane Mode for Insane Performance.

The Datrium DVX Insane Mode allows VMware admins to quickly increase the storage performance by up to 2x, without any storage controller upgrade… I know it sounds too good to be true but the Datrium DVX is truly INSANE!

Before Insane Mode (One host with 40CPU cores):

insane mode

42,642 red IOPS at 0.6ms DAVG latency? Holy guacamole!!!
I think you all would agree that this isn’t bad at all, especially if you’re sitting in front of your old storage array with half the flexibility and you have to renew your old and $$$ service contract.

Well, let me tell you this, we’re not done yet. Let’s take a look at the same host, same workload with Insane mode enabled.

After Insane Mode (One host with 40CPU cores):

insane mode

Wait what? What just happened? Yes, this is the same host, same workload and just seconds after enabling Insane Mode. You’re seeing 69.000 read IOPS at 0.3 ms latency! I know, it must be hard to explain to your CIO why you are still spending those $$$ on expensive storage arrays and service contracts.

I should probably mention, enabling Insane Mode is completely non-disruptive. Also, I can’t say your users won’t notice anything because it is non-disruptive, because I’m pretty sure they’ll see their workloads now flying.

My colleague Michael McLaughlin created this fantastic video to show you how easy it is to enable Insane Mode.

So enough of all this awesome talk, let’s take a look how the Datrium DVX can achieve such great performance with millisecond latencies.

  1. Each host in a Datrium DVX has its own flash.
  2. The default setting (FAST) of the DVX Hyperdriver reserves up to 20% of all CPU cores.
  3. Insane Mode reserves up to 40% of all CPU cores, which means we have 2x the processing power for storage operations – per host!!!

Btw, if you are one of those guys who thinks it is bad idea to utilize CPU resources on the host, go and take a look in your environment, I’m sure you can find most hosts having plenty of idle CPU resources.

If you have any questions, just post a comment below or hit me up on Twitter: @MindTheVirt


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