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Storage Performance Key to Successful IaaS Deployments

Load DynamiX, the leader in storage infrastructure performance validation, and DeepStorage, a leading storage technology and advisory firm, will join together to discuss the real-world challenges when migrating to an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model and how storage performance is key to its success. The live webinar will air on Thursday, July 24 at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT/5 pm GMT.

Public cloud providers like Amazon and Rackspace have demonstrated the advantages the IaaS model. However the public nature of these clouds makes it unacceptable to many IT organizations. Those seeking to deliver IaaS to their business units are building private clouds using tools from VMware and the OpenStack Project.

Storage industry veteran Howard Marx, who runs his own independent performance testing lab, Deep Storage, and contributes to Network Computing magazine, will discuss how many IaaS projects stall when storage performance fails to meet user’s expectations. IaaS often obscures the I/O characteristics of many applications from the IT department, making it difficult to match storage deployment decisions to workload requirements. Load DynamiX marketing vice president Len Rosenthal will then share customer examples on how storage workload modeling and performance validation can help assure storage performance and lower costs when undertaking IaaS projects.

Those interested in attending the live webinar “House of Cards: IaaS without Storage System Testing” can register at https://www.brighttalk.com/r/KXH.

About Load DynamiX

As the leader in infrastructure performance validation, Load DynamiX empowers IT professionals with the insight needed to make intelligent decisions regarding networked storage. By accurately characterizing and emulating real-world application behavior, Load DynamiX optimizes the overall performance, availability, and cost of storage infrastructure. The combination of advanced workload analytics and modeling software with extreme load-generating appliances give IT professionals the ability to cost-effectively validate and stress today’s most complex physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures to their limits. Visit www.loaddynamix.com for more information.

About Howard Marks

Founder and Chief Scientist at DeepStorage, LLC, Howard Marks provides the kind of practical, hands-on analysis that can only come from spending 30 years in the trenches. As a consultant, he helped organizations large and small including America Express, JP Morgan, Borden Foods, BBDO Worldwide and Foxwoods Resort Casino solve real world storage and network problems.

DeepStorage is an independent test lab where Howard and his team evaluate the latest in storage products and writing about them for multiple websites including etworkComputing.com. An entertaining and energetic speaker, Howard speaks regularly at industry events and has written three books and hundreds of articles on networking and storage technologies.

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