ESG Lab Validates Avere FXT Series as Providing Cost-Effective Performance and Scalability for VMware Environments

Real -Time Flash Tiering Boosts Performance by More than 22x

Aug 29, 2011, 08:30 ET from Avere Systems

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Avere Systems today announced that hands-on testing by ESG Lab confirms that its FXT Series Flash appliances provide efficient performance for VMware environments with up to 22x improvement on reads and 9x improvement on writes with just two nodes, plus the ability to achieve linear performance scaling as additional appliances are added to the cluster.


The August 2011 report, "Avere FXT Series Efficient Scale-out NAS" by Vinny Choinski, examines how Avere FXT Series appliances provide high-performance, dynamic data tiering and scale-out clustering to any NAS solution by separating performance scaling from capacity scaling to deliver each more efficiently.  ESG Lab's evaluation explored a variety of criteria including ease of deployment, cost effectiveness, performance and scalability.

The real-world simulation environment included a two-node Avere FXT 2750 SSD-based cluster that was configured between a pair of NetApp FAS3240 filers and a pair of VMware ESXi hosts each with 24 virtual machines.  An Arista DCS-7148S-R network switch was used for LAN connectivity between the host, FXT Series and NetApp filers.  Each VMware ESXi host was configured with 12 VMs that accessed data through the FXT 2750 cluster and 12 VMs with direct access to the filers.  Across both EXSi hosts, there were 24 VMs accessing data through the FXT 2750 cluster and 24 VMs with direct access to the filers.  Workloads were installed on each set of 24 VMs to compare performance with and without the FXT Series in the data path.

"ESG Lab confirmed that by separating NAS performance scaling from capacity scaling, Avere Systems has developed an efficient and cost-effective solution for NAS environments," concludes the report.  "ESG Lab was impressed with the ability of the FXT Series to provide flexible, cost-effective control of NAS sprawl, enable efficient performance and capacity scale, and centrally manage heterogeneous NAS environments."

"With the growth in size of NAS data, especially within VMware environments, we have designed our FXT Series to efficiently provide the performance and scaling required of today's storage infrastructures," said Jeff Tabor, Avere Systems Director of Product Marketing.  "The ESG Lab validation of the FXT Series' ability to control and manage enormous VM growth through scale-out clustering and high-performance, dynamic data tiering proves that our solutions perform as intended and as advertised."

The full report is available from Avere Systems at the VMWorld conference and exhibition in Las Vegas at Booth #1346 or can be downloaded directly from the Avere Systems or ESG Research websites.

About ESG Lab Reports

ESG Lab reports are intended to educate IT professionals about emerging technologies and products in the storage, data management and information security industries.  They are not meant to replace the evaluation process that should be conducted prior to making purchasing decisions but rather are intended to provide insight into these emerging technologies by highlighting some of the more valuable features and functions of products, show how they can be used to solve real customer problems and identify any areas needing improvement.  ESG Lab's expert third-party perspective is based on its own hands-on testing as well as on interviews with customers who use the products in production environments.  For more information about ESG Lab methodology or to purchase reports, visit

About Avere Systems

Avere Systems provides NAS solutions that deliver breakthrough results for accelerating scale-out performance, reducing storage infrastructure costs, minimizing remote application latency and lowering overall operating costs.  The company's innovative A-3 product architecture solves the typical NAS challenges of too many disks, poor scaling and global file access. Learn more at, and you can follow the company on Or, stop by the Avere Systems booth at VM World, #1346.

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