Infinio Presentation at Tech Field Day VMworld 2013
Last week the Tech Field Day group met with Infinio Systems Inc. to talk about their downloadable storage performance product.
Infinio is a VMware only – NAS offload engine. It is an in-memory software cache that is intelligent enough to figure out what data is accessed and when so that it minimizes on the read/write impact on your storage array. The product (as of this posting) is a 2 vCPU / 8GB RAM virtual appliance and acts as an accelerator that talks to your NAS directly. It uses a cache pool that the entire VMware cluster shares and it leverages to deal with service vMotions and host failures. When this occurs, the host cache will act locally and stop using the pool from neighboring ESX hosts.
When a datastore is selected to be accelerated, the Infinio product deploys a single virtual appliance. Sounds like the process is very straight forward and I am anxious to try it myself. I can see SMB’s benefiting from this acceleration for some of their high I/O workloads on file-based volumes.