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September 15, 2015

Employ an Architect, fix your broken DCIM & applications

Solution helps to design, deploy, operate and optimise the data centre.

By Joao Lima

Storage optimisation for virtualised environments company PernixData has unveiled Architect, a software platform for virtualised data centres.

Speaking at an exclusive media and analyst presentation in London, Frank Denneman, Chief Technologist at PernixData said that Architect collects "plots of data from across the year".

He added: "[With this data] We can now detail seasonal workloads. We go back to what storage arrays were designed for."

Bala Narasimhan, VP product management at PernixData, explained that Architect is not a monitoring tool, but "an analytics tool; a tool that allows to design, deploy, operate and optimise the data centre better".

The VP continued claiming Architect to be the first platform for holistic VM and storage management and a platform that "is solving big data problems".

Architect gives real-time analytics for all virtualised applications and storage devices. Narasimhan added: "Descriptive analytics give insight into application behaviour and ensure success of new application deployments and upgrades."

The VP took on predictive analytics which help to "ensure proper storage sizing". He continued by adding that with predictive analytics, Architect removes the guesswork operators are faced with today, like how much Flash is needed?.

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With predictive analytics, Narasimhan believes unnecessary storage hardware purchases will be tackled and storage will meet application performance requirements.

Commenting on today’s data centres, Satyam Vaghani, PernixData CTO of PernixData, said: "Application and infrastructure management in today’s data centres is totally broken.

"CIOs, CTOs, and infrastructure architects seldom have the right data to proactively design data centres to meet existing and future needs, and they lack the right tools to understand why problems exist when they arise.

"This has created a very reactive approach to IT management that wastes money and resources and puts strategic projects in jeopardy due to poor application performance."

FVP family

As Architect is the latest addition to PernixData’s portfolio, the company has also unveiled the newest FVP solution: FVP Freedom, a free version of the FVP software.

Ian Wells, senior director EMEA at PernixData, took the lead of the presentation to explain that FVP Freedom offers "unlimited hosts and VMs, writes through acceleration using Distributed Fault Tolerant Memory (DFTM) (ie RAM) and is community supported".

This free version of FVP does not support Flash.

Wells also presented the latest update of the paid version of FVP, FVP 3.0 which offers support for VMware’s vSphere 6.0 solution, a new HTML5 based user interface and PernixPlus. He explained that with PernixPlus, this FVP version helps to collect important data from PernixData’s customers.

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