October 13th, 2015 by Adam Armstrong
Datagres Releases PerfAccel 3.0
Today Datagres announced a major upgrade to its PerfAccel Analytics and Acceleration solution, PerfAccel 3.0. Datagres states that this makes a major milestone in the evolution of their software-defined data management platform. The latest release aims to redefine the ease of management and the breadth of deployment for server based operational storage intelligence.
As PCIe and NVMe are becoming more and more present in the data center, customers are looking for a way to utilize this much faster technology. The latest release of PerfAccel enables customers to leverage these new technologies in host servers, network servers, or storage servers and helps shift the burden of performance optimization from the storage subsystem to the host layer. Not only do customers gain support for PCIe and NVMe, this release also upgraded several other features of the software including application analytics, predictive analytics improved performance, faster root-cause analysis, new advanced GUI, and better usability. And Datagres states that all the above can be done for 50-80% lower costs than alternatives.
Datagres was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. The company was founded by veterans of some of the heavy hitters of the technology field, companies such as Sun, Oracle, EMC, and NetApp. The bread and butter of Datagres is PerfAccel, a software-only solution that identifies and fixes application performance using deep I/O analytics.
Features and benefits of the latest update include:
- Better Visibility with Application Analytics: PerfAccel is the only application I/O solution that provides both data analytics and controls to increase application performance visibility. The unique software solution operates at the file level, providing a new kind of performance analytics - enabling very prescriptive movements of data, for maximum control. With PerfAccel 3.0, customers can now gather meaningful insights associated with specific application processes or sessions. As such, it enables access pattern correlation at various granularities that can be delivered per application class for instantaneous problem remediation
- Design and purchase decisions with Predictive Analytics: This release now has ability to run PerfAccel in analytical-mode to deeply understand changing application behavior over time without additional hardware. It accurately identifies working datasets and provides real-time and historic trend analysis to predict future capacity and performance-related outcomes. Customers can use the data to perform what-if analysis and make the right hardware investments.
- New Advanced GUI with Scale and Ease of Use: PerfAccel 3.0 centralized management node provides a single pane of glass view and manages multiple client nodes for installation and global policy enforcement. It provides visibility of application connectivity to data for orchestrating and troubleshooting the entire grid. With the addition of 3.0 release, the management node scales to thousands of clients. Datagres also added flexible deployment enhancements to the license administration to support floating licenses for dynamically changing data center environments. The REST API-enabled management server is fast and extensible, with the ability to observe real-time graphs and in-depth reporting.
- Support for AutoFS: For customers who use AutoFS to dynamically mount and un-mount data that is used by applications, the newly built AutoFS support helps manage caching and analytics in a seamless manner by taking care of the right set of data under the AutoFS. Additionally, there are great benefits achieved from aggregating the rich analytics to identify I/O patterns across a large number of mounts.
- Broadened support matrix: PerfAccel is now available across a large spectrum of platforms both virtual and physical. Support for all the major Linux distributions is available; this release further adds support for Red Hat 7.x as well as Ubuntu 14.x. In addition, with this release support for XFS was added to round up all major file systems (ext3, ext4, and nfs3). Further more, PerfAccel 3.0 adds support for KVM and OpenStack as well as Docker Containers.
PerfAccel 3.0 is generally available now.