DDN Shatters SPEC SFS 2014 Benchmark Records

Grazed from DDN

DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced record performance results across the entire spectrum of the SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark suite. The SPEC SFS 2014 benchmarks provide a standardized approach to comparing performance for file server throughput and response time across different vendor platforms. In the latest round of testing, DDN improved on existing benchmark results by at least 25 percent.

The SPEC SFS 2014 benchmarks were introduced to test five aspects of a storage solution's performance in the number of simultaneous software builds that can be performed: the number of video streams that can be captured; the number of simultaneous databases that can be sustained; electronic design automation; environment simulation; and the number of virtual desktops that can be maintained. DDN's success across all test parameters demonstrates the flexibility and robust performance capabilities of DDN SFA platforms.

SolarWinds MSP Launches MSP Pulse Benchmarking Tool for MSPs

Grazed from SolarWinds MSP

SolarWinds MSP, a global leader in delivering comprehensive, scalable IT service management solutions to IT solution providers and MSPs, has today launched MSP Pulse, a benchmarking tool that is designed to enable managed service providers to effectively understand the health of their business, with deep insight into opportunity areas for new investment, and an understanding of how they rank against their peers.

MSP Pulse was developed in partnership with The 2112 Group, a leading business-strategy firm focused on improving the performance of technology companies' direct and indirect channels. With the new tool, MSPs answer a few questions that drive a customized, comprehensive report. It details:

The importance of benchmarking clouds

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Paul Miller.

For most businesses, the debate about whether to embrace the cloud is over. It is now a question of tactics — how, when, and what kind? Cloud computing increasingly forms an integral part of enterprise IT strategy, but the wide variation in enterprise requirements ensures plenty of scope for very different cloud services to coexist.

Today’s enterprise cloud deployments will typically be hybridized, with applications and workloads running in a mix of different cloud environments. The rationale for those deployment decisions is based on a number of different considerations, including geography, certification, service level agreements, price, and performance...

Why crowdsourced computing benchmarks are the future

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Performance benchmarks for computing systems might make for good television — there’s always plenty of heated debate, talk of world records and  sometimes even a little ethical drama — but in the end there’s not a lot of substance.

More often than not, they’re conducted on highly optimized systems running workloads that don’t necessarily mirror what anyone actually runs in production. If the results in question come from vendors rather than third parties, there’s a good chance they’ve only been published because the vendor was able to achieve the desired result. Thinking your experience will be equally as fast is like watching a fishing show on television and then hitting the water expecting bite after bite...