Virtual Instruments Releases WorkloadWisdom 6.2
December 19, 2018
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Virtual Instruments announced the latest version of WorkloadWisdom,a production storage workload modeling and performance validation platform.

Through Virtual Instruments’ partnership with SAN storage emulation systems provider SANBlaze Technology, the new WorkloadWisdom delivers non-volatile memory express (NVMe) workload modeling and testing over Fibre Channel (FC), enabling data-driven analysis of and intelligent workload placement in next-generation flash technologies. WorkloadWisdom provides a superior methodology for validating storage performance based on customers’ own production workloads, and is tightly integrated with Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom, a comprehensive hybrid infrastructure performance management and analytics platform.

The new WorkloadWisdom helps both enterprises and storage vendors solve these challenges by providing a purpose-built and highly scalable platform for production workload analysis, workload modeling, workload creation, performance reporting, and test management across all major storage technologies, now including FC-NVMe.

The WorkloadWisdom 6.2 release features new capabilities in five key areas: adding support for emerging technologies; enabling large-scale test environments; expanding production workload analysis features; expanding workload modeling features; and improving the user experience.

Key features and benefits of WorkloadWisdom 6.2 include:

- Adding Support for Emerging Technologies:
Through Virtual Instruments’ partnership with SANBlaze, WorkloadWisdom enables the new era of high-performance flash storage by delivering NVMe over Fibre Channel workload modeling and testing
WorkloadWisdom now provides coverage for FC-NVMe, FC-SCSI, iSCSI, SMB, NFS, Amazon S3, and OpenStack Swift

- WorkloadWisdom 6.2 delivers significant improvements for testing large environments across Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and SMB/NFS, including:
New iSCSI auto-discovery enables auto creation of large iSCSI Test Beds
New bulk entry enables creation of large SMB/NFS Test Beds in seconds
Optimization gives up to 10x improvement when managing large FC Test Beds

- Expanding Workload Analysis Capabilities:
New Analysis Policy for VirtualWisdom NAS Performance Probes that creates NFSv3 workload models that give users the ability to customize the command distribution
Improved Analysis Policy for VirtualWisdom SAN / NAS Performance Probes that further improves the fidelity of workload models

- Expanding Workload Modeling Capabilities:
Data Verification: new single-click data verification option built into workload models that enables byte-level data verification and error reporting
DFS: new option for SMB workloads to perform testing on a distributed SMB file system

- Improving User Experience:
New FC browser simplifies reviewing accessible Targets and LUNs in a large test lab
New filters in Report Templates reduces report definition and configuration time
New Run Now button enables immediate start of a workload test without any change

“The new WorkloadWisdom platform dramatically simplifies the entire storage performance testing, validation and forecasting process at the scale our customers demand,” said Tim Van Ash, SVP of Products at Virtual Instruments. “The integration of WorkloadWisdom with the SANBlaze VirtuaLUN FC-NVMe emulation system gives our mutual customers a best-in-class solution for NVMe workload modeling and performance validation.”

WorkloadWisdom 6.2 is available now.

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