Victor Community Support Services Experiences 50% Less I/O to Storage With Condusiv's V-locity I/O Reduction Software

V-locity Reduces I/O From Virtual Server to Storage to Help Community Services Organization Achieve 50-300% Performance Gains on Their Existing Hardware Infrastructure

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwired - December 01, 2015) - Condusiv® Technologies, the world leader in software-only storage performance solutions for virtual and physical server environments, today announced that Victor Community Support Services (VCSS) has standardized on Condusiv V-locity® I/O Reduction Software to deliver dramatic application performance improvements as the organization readied itself for a virtual desktop deployment. As a result, the community services organization has been able to reduce the IOPS requirements from their underlying storage subsystem by nearly half during peak application usage on their heaviest workloads.

VCSS is a community-based agency that delivers mental health and family support services in the homes, schools and communities in which people live. VCSS delivers programs ranging from prevention and early intervention programs to highly intensive home-based services designed to prevent residential and other institutional placements. VCSS is focused on empowering people of all ages to build upon their strengths and capacities to address the problems and needs they have within their lives.

With a growing organization accessing a number of workload-heavy applications, VCSS needed to ensure that its systems and storage were performing optimally. Financial applications such as Great Plains and Paper Save running on MS-SQL were exceptional I/O consumers, driving up IOPS usage during peak times during the day while its other 100+ virtual machines -- which also support all email; SQL apps; file services, print services, telephone services, and more -- hit the same storage device. Additionally, its electronic health record application, Tier, was increasingly taking up more and more IOPS, making the organization's storage system struggle to keep up.

With a VDI project on the horizon, VCSS wanted to optimize its storage resources so that the transition of all employees to a virtual desktop platform wouldn't further impact overall infrastructure performance. That's when the community agency turned to Condusiv to implement V-locity.

"Once we installed V-locity, we monitored our IOPS and saw a near 50% decrease in I/O from VM to storage according to our daily averages and peaks," said Jamie Rabenstein, Information Technology Manager at VCSS. "Even when we added what equates to three times the workloads with our new VDI implementation, the IOPS demand from storage didn't increase three-fold because of what V-locity is doing to reduce write I/O and read I/O at the VM layer. It has been truly impressive. I call it the 'V-locity effect.'"

VCSS has now had its V-locity software solution in place for more than a year and the results have been exciting. Reducing I/O requirements by half has led to a number of real-world benefits. For example, the financial team used to spend 30 minutes running a report in Great Plains that ran on MS-SQL. Since implementing V-locity, that report now takes just three minutes to run.

"Now we roll out the V-locity red carpet for all of our systems," added Rabenstein. "To not do that would be too painful for me to imagine. It truly can milk the hardware for everything it has. Anyone that needs low latency and high throughput loads should be using it."

VCSS also rolled out a Nimble Hybrid Storage System to further ensure that IOPS would not become a choke point during the VDI implementation and guarantee that a growing number of machines could continue to be added to the platform.

"With V-locity and Nimble Storage together, it's like having lightning performance at both ends of the spectrum," commented Rabenstein. "The combined solution delivers multiple layers of speed for both read and write operations. First, V-locity ensures contiguous writes and subsequent reads with minimal I/O operations no matter where the data needs to be satisfied from, whether flash or disk. Second, if any data is requested, it might already be in available DRAM due to V-locity. If it's not, Nimble might have it in its flash tier. But even if Nimble has to go to all the way down to spinning disk as a last resort to get the data, V-locity ensures minimum disk latency as the data is retrieved with the fewest number of I/O requests possible.

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Condusiv® Technologies is the world leader in software-only storage performance solutions for virtual and physical server environments, enabling systems to process more data in less time for faster application performance. Condusiv's V-locity® I/O reduction software greatly reduces I/O overhead in virtual environments by eliminating the performance penalty from mixing uncoordinated, contentious and disruptive I/O streams from multiple virtual machines (the "I/O blender" effect). As a result, customers experience a minimum of 50% faster performance gains on their heaviest workloads. Condusiv's Diskeeper® storage performance solution is the #1 real-time fragmentation prevention solution for Windows servers and clients, keeping servers, desktops and laptops running like new permanently. With over 50 million licenses sold, Condusiv solutions are used by 90% of the Fortune 1000 and almost three-quarters of the Forbes Global 100 to increase business productivity and reduce datacenter costs while extending the life of existing hardware.

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