CEPH is a popular open source storage software. However its write latencies are high. VirtuCache caches CEPH volumes to in-host SSDs and by doing so reduces VM level latencies considerably.
Dell's PowerEdge VRTX hyper-converged appliance can either have all hard drive datastores or all SSD datastores, but you can't have SSDs act as tiering or caching media for VRTX volumes. That's where VirtuCache comes in.
By improving storage performance, Virtucache was able to improve the performance of Jenkins based Continuous Integration process, which in turn resulted in quicker build-test cycles.
Microsoft Dynamics AX transaction processing is write intensive and its reporting is read intensive, thus putting pressure on customer's existing storage infrastructure. By caching frequently used data from customer's existing storage to in-host SSDs, VirtuCache was able to reduce read and write latencies for AX running within VMware VMs.
VirtuCache Improves the Performance of Equallogic Appliances for VMware VMs and Bare-Metal Linux Servers
By deploying VirtuCache in Dun & Bradstreet's VMware environment, we demonstrated sub 10ms VM latencies for high, write-intensive, random storage IO, which in turn facilitated the P2V of their database servers.