Virtual Instruments Debuts Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2
December 08, 2016
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Virtual Instruments announced enhancements to its Load DynamiX Enterprise platform, an integrated solution for workload acquisition, analysis, modeling and performance analytics.

Load DynamiX Enterprise gives storage architects, engineers and operations managers insights into how workload behavior affects storage system performance in production. This enables IT teams to innovate with confidence, mitigate risks and proactively avoid infrastructure performance issues.

Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2 gives customers the ability to assess the performance of storage infrastructures employing the latest Microsoft-based solutions – such as Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, as well as Hyper-V – using the new SMB3 Workload Model, including SMB3 Encryption support.

Included with version 5.2 is the new Iteration Explorer, available for all workloads, which provides storage architects with critical insights on demand to very quickly determine the storage infrastructure’s blind spots at full production scale. In addition, customers using the new version along with Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom platform can now more efficiently use Load DynamiX Enterprise to visualize their production workload data to better understand their workload I/O characteristics due to the improved integration between the two product lines.

Also announced, Version 5.4 of the Load DynamiX Workload Generation Appliance and Test Development Environment provides improvements to iSCSI and object workload modeling capabilities and important insights into the utilization history of Workload Generation Appliances in test labs where the appliances are heavily utilized.

“Our goal is to help applications and infrastructure perform better together by providing customers the most critical insights from their data,” said Tim Van Ash, SVP of Products at Virtual Instruments. “The Load DynamiX Enterprise enhancements achieve that while empowering IT teams to intelligently deploy storage infrastructure, proactively identify and resolve performance problems, and stay at the forefront of software-defined and converged storage technologies.”

Additional key features from the Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2 and Workload Generation Appliance 5.4 release include:

- Temporal workload models for block-based storage – Previously in beta and now generally available, the innovative temporal workload models for FC and iSCSI allow users to simulate realistic application workloads that vary I/O characteristics over time.

- iSCSI MPIO – Measure the load balancing and failover designs of a multipath iSCSI fabric.

- Object response handler – Simulate how different cloud-based applications interact with different object stores by precisely defining how the object storage client responds to over 70 pre-defined HTTP response codes.

- Fibre Channel (FC) LUN service – Significantly shortens the time required to configure a large multi-path Fibre Channel Test Bed.

Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2 is available now.

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