Category Archive for: ‘VirtuCache’

Which SSD to use in VMware Host for Server Side Caching?

Considering that a wide range of high speed media - SATA/SAS/NVME SSDs, RAM, and the newer NVDIMM, can be used for caching or server side storage in VMware, our preferred in-host media by far is an enterprise grade NVME SSD. The specific SSD I recommend (as of 2019) is the Intel P4600 (if you have a spare PCIe slot in the host) or the Intel P4610 (if you have a spare U.2 NVME slot). Not very well know is the fact that some enterprise grade NVME SSDs, like the Intel P4600, come in...

VMware Host Side Caching to improve the performance of HP MSA Storage

MSA storage arrays from HP are very popular in small/medium size businesses. Over 500,000 arrays have been sold worldwide 1. They are possibly the cheapest enterprise grade arrays from a big brand OEM. They have High Availability features like dual controllers, four NIC ports per controller, RAID, and Erasure Coding. They scale to 840TBs of storage per array. The only area they fall short versus more expensive arrays, is performance. For instance, even the hybrid MSAs don’t cache writes to...

Why are Write Latencies High Even When the EMC Unity Appliance has Plenty of System Cache Memory and Fast Cache SSDs?

If you are experiencing high write latencies in VMs when using an EMC Unity Hybrid array, it could be because the caching and tiering solutions in Unity don’t cache random small block writes, and your applications might be generating large volumes of such storage IO.

High Speed Storage is Back in the VMware Host with Hyper Converged Infrastructure and Host Side Caching, but the similarities end there….

The main advantage that hyper-converged infrastructure(HCI) has over traditional converged infrastructure (separate hardware for compute and storage) is that HCI has put high speed storage back in the compute nodes. This is also true for Host Side Caching software, with the added benefit that host side caching maintains the flexibility that Converged Infrastructure (CI) always had over HCI, that of being able to scale and do maintenance on compute and storage hardware independently of each...

Storage IO path in VSAN versus VirtuCache Host Side Caching.

Storage IO path in VSAN and VirtuCache are similar to a large extent, since both service storage IO from in-VMware host media. Though with VirtuCache, storage latencies are lower than with VSAN for four reasons: Reads are almost always serviced from local cache media in VirtuCache. In VSAN there is a high chance that all reads might be serviced over the network from another host; In addition to SSD, with VirtuCache you can cache to RAM which is the highest performing media there is,...

VMware’s vFlash Read Cache (VFRC) versus Virtunet’s Read+Write Caching

VMware will discontinue VFRC starting in ESXi 7.0 to be released in Q4 2019. 0 Despite the end-of-life announcement for VFRC, if you still want to review the differences between VFRC and VirtuCache, below are the three most important ones. We cache reads and writes, VMware's VFRC caches only reads. Caching writes improves the performance of not only writes, but also of reads.1 We require no ongoing administration. Caching in our case is fully automated, and all Vmware features are...

View Storage Accelerator vs. VirtuCache – VMware Host Side Storage Caching

The big difference between the two is that VSA caches only 2GB of reads from the Master VM1,2. VirtuCache caches reads + writes from all server & desktop VMs, and it can cache to TBs of in-host SSD/RAM, so that all storage IO is serviced from in-host cache.

More details in the table below.

How to Select SSDs for Host Side Caching for VMware – Interface, Model, Size, Source and Raid Level ?

In terms of price/performance, enterprise NVME SSDs have now become the best choice for in-VMware host caching media. They are higher performing and cost just a little more than their lower performing SATA counterparts. The Intel P4600/P4610 NVME SSDs are my favorites. If you don’t have a spare 2.5” NVME or PCIe slot in your ESXi host, which precludes you from using NVME SSDs, you could use enterprise SATA SSDs. If you choose to go with SATA SSDs, you will also need a high queue depth RAID...

Improving Storage Performance of Dell VRTX

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 / virtual disks. That's where VirtuCache comes in.

Infinio’s Read Caching versus Virtunet’s Read+Write Caching Software

The biggest differences are: We accelerate both reads and writes, Infinio accelerates only reads. Infinio doesn't support Linked Clones or Non Persistent VDI. We support all VDI features. With us you can apply caching policy at the datastore and/or VM level versus only at the VM level with Infinio. We accelerate IO originating in VMware kernel and VMs, versus only VM generated IO is accelerated by...
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