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Cirrus Data Offers Cache-as-a-Service to Speed up Your Data Center

What if you could enjoy solid state drive speeds without upgrading your storage area networks?

What if you could enjoy solid state drive speeds without upgrading your storage area networks? What if there was a solution that didn't require a disruptive overhaul of your data center? That's the proposition being put forward by Cirrus Data with its newly launched Data Caching Server (DCS) solution.

"Our new caching server and service represents a revolutionary way to address the need for speed for database administrators and a unique offering for service providers as the appliances can be installed and removed in a live production environment," says Wayne Lam, CEO of Cirrus Data.

This is a flexible solution that can be installed into existing legacy systems and live production environments without any downtime. It can be employed as a permanent fix or used as a stopgap ahead of a larger upgrade. Cirrus Data will offer it on a Cache-as-a-Service model for businesses with temporary needs, but it can also be retained as a permanent disk accelerator.

The clever bit of Data Caching Server is based on the vendor's patented Transparent Datapath Intercept technology. This allows the server to be installed between the switch and the storage unit without you having to make any modifications to the data center environment.

"Our patented Transparent Datapath Intercept allows for true plug-and-play installation of the appliances within a heterogeneous environment," explains Lam.

The DCS actually analyzes all the reads and writes, taking queue depth and response time into account, to create the most efficient cache policies. The idea is to boost your speeds with minimal disruption.

It can be prohibitively expensive and dangerously disruptive to shift all your busy disks to SSD. Having the option to insert a speedy cache like this is likely to be attractive to anyone struggling with cumbersome legacy and cloud data centers.

The new service is currently being rolled out for data center service providers. You can find out more at the Cirrus Data website.

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Herman Mehling has been an IT writer and consultant for more than 25 years. He has written thousands of articles for leading trade magazines and websites. His work has appeared in such publications as Computer Reseller News, eWeek, Forbes, Network World and InformationWeek. In the ’80s and ’90s, he worked as a PR executive at many San Francisco Bay Area high-tech agencies, including Niehaus Ryan Haller, which helped to launch Yahoo! and to re-cast the image of Apple as an Internet player. He was a staff editor and reporter at Computer Reseller News for many years.

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