Ensuring that business-critical data is available when needed is an ever-growing need in IT. Your systems must store massive amounts of data quickly and retrieve it efficiently. Simultaneously, you must use new technologies that can improve efficiency and take advantage of these technologies within limited budgets.
One measure of growing efficiency in recent years is CPU processing power, which far exceeds growth in disk input/output (I/O). For this reason, disk I/O is often the reason for bottlenecks in high-performance applications.
The combination of the IBM® eXFlash unit and the S3700 MLC Enterprise or S3500 MLC Enterprise Value solid-state drives (SSDs) can help to close the performance gap between CPU compute power and storage I/O, providing cost-optimized performance for different types of storage-intensive applications.
This IBM Redpaper™ publication discusses server performance imbalance that can be found in typical application environments, and how to address this issue with the S3700 or S3500 SSD technology that can be utilized in the IBM eXFlash solution to provide required levels of performance and availability for the storage-intensive applications.
Table of contents
* Executive summary
* Server performance
* IBM eXFlash technology
* S3700 SATA MLC Enterprise SSDs for IBM System x
* S3500 SATA MLC Enterprise Value SSDs for IBM System x
* OLTP database deployment scenario
* Video-on-demand deployment scenario