BuurstTM SoftNAS® Performance

Eliminate cloud application data bottlenecks with SoftNAS

BuurstTM SoftNAS® Performance

Eliminate cloud application data bottlenecks with SoftNAS

Cloud Storage Performance Challenges

Users expect high levels of computing performance regardless of the location of the application being on or off premises.  To meet this requirement, most cloud-based applications are run with high amounts of compute power. Unfortunately, this solution doesn’t solve the largest bottleneck found in cloud deployment, cloud storage.  

Without a NAS solution supporting cloud storage applications will respond unpredictably causing support issues, performance degradation, and low user satisfaction. SoftNAS provides a complete solution for these challenges in terms of performance, storage usage, and the ability to manage data to lower overall cloud storage expenses.  

Throttled Bandwidth

SoftNAS utilize L1 and L2 cache. SoftNAS automatically uses ½ of VM RAM as an L1 cache. You can also configure SoftNAS to use NMVE or SSD disk per storage pool for additional cache performance.

Increased Capacity

Many customers purchase additional managed storage to obtain an increase in access or pay additional premiums to the cloud provider for provisioned IOPS or throughput. The additional costs for wasted storage space or expensive access are merely an attempt to “tape” over a problem.  

Why SoftNAS?

SoftNAS provides direct connectivity to cloud storage providing a private connection to resources owned by your organization. This eliminates the managed storage problems of inconsistent performance by noisy neighbors. In addition, SoftNAS adds value by placing data in the most appropriate location for increased application performance.

Tune SoftNAS for Customized Performance  

SoftNAS offers customers four unique levers to properly configure the performance of a cloud-based application with a dedicated cloud-storage channel.  

SoftNAS Instance Settings

SoftNAS can customize the virtual machine settings to provide additional performance. Changing CPU, RAM, and Network Speed on the VM allows SoftNAS to increase access rates for the caches, overall throughput, and IOPS.  

Use Default Client Protocols

SoftNAS can use multiple protocols for a single volume. The default protocol for Linux is NFS – Windows  is CIFS and both operating systems can access storage through iSCSI. Although Windows can connect to storage with NFS, it is best to use default protocols, as Windows NFS is notoriously slow. With workloads such as SQL, iSCSI would be the preferred protocol for database storage. 

Utilize L1 and L2 Cache

SoftNAS automatically uses half of system RAM as an L1 cache and configuration options are available to use NMVE or SSD disk per storage pool for additional cache performance.  

Dedicated Channel

SoftNAS overall performance is increased by having dedicated storage attached directly to SoftNAS and a dedicated connection to the client, coupled with dedicated cache and CPU for rapid data transfers.  

Cloud Storage: Delivering on a performance priority

One of the top priorities for Cloud architects is achieving high performance from applications. As we move more applications to the cloud, CPU, RAM, and fast networks are plentiful. However, storage rises to the top of the list as the cause for Cloud application bottlenecks.