F5 released a report on Improving Application Deployments earlier this week focusing on their entire application delivery architecture. This includes solutions for branch offices, remote workers, and the centralized infrastructure of the data center.
The section on application deployment issues was particularly interesting in that 53% of respondents reported performance problems during application deployments. Leading causes of the performance problems are network infrastructure and back-end infrastructure such as servers, middleware, and storage.
Deploying new applications quickly and easily is one of the greatest challenges for data center administrators. New applications drive workloads that impact servers, networks, storage and everything in between. Providing a scalable and predictable path for application growth makes life in the data center easier.
With increased branch office connectivity and a return to centralizing infrastructure in the data center, we are seeing application workloads on storage systems increase. This consolidation-oriented approach can place unanticipated demands on conventional storage devices when too many application servers and too many users are trying to access the same underlying storage system at the same time. The I/O contention simply overwhelms the ability of the disk-based storage device to keep up.
One way to ease performance issues with application deployments is to integrate a scalable caching appliance from Gear6. The caching device can deliver the performance necessary to act as a surge suppressor for peak loads, streamlining new application introduction, and making I/O resources available to multiple applications simultaneously.
The absence of a caching appliance can leave IT administrators in a frantic shuffle to move data around (something we spoke about avoiding in Please Don't Move My Data) and create unnecessarily complex tiering architectures. Fortunately, we can put these practices behind us with simpler, more elegant, and better performing centralized storage caching solutions.