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Tsing Hua University Improves Performance by 100x in Their Virtualised Academic Information System

The cloning speed time of virtual machines instantly increases by 100x and time required reduces from 4 hours down to 1 minute

2019-04-11


April 11, 2019 – London, UK – Facing a storage foundation that could not support the increasing campus users to logged on the system at the same time. National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) deployed an all-flash solution from AccelStor, an innovative all-flash array (AFA) provider for the big data era, reducing the cloning time of VMware virtual machines from hours down to one minute, significantly improving development testing efficiency. In addition to overcoming the bottleneck of the existing storage system, AccelStor’s award-winning FlexiRemap® technology helps to reduce the risk of data loss and offers a comprehensive management user interface with extraordinarily high performance.

The increments in the number of tasks and the number of campus users are causing the existing storage system overloaded when there is a burst in the number of concurrent student logins. NTHU, in this case, chose the AccelStor NeoSapphire™ P710 all-flash array solution to resolve the performance bottleneck.

The AccelStor NeoSapphire™ P710 all-flash array comes with the built-in FlexiRemap® flash-oriented software, delivering up to 700,000 IOPS at 4KB random write and integrates VMware vSphere® Storage APIs Array Integration (VAAI) in the block-level storage system, to fully utilize the virtual machine's operational performance. In addition, the P710 supports the VMware vSphere® Web Client Plug-In and allows the Division of Academic Information System to configure the P710 through VMware's operational interface directly.

After the introduction of NeoSapphire™ P710, the cloning speed time of virtual machines instantly increases by 100x and time required reduces from 4 hours down to 1 minute. It also dramatically improves backup and restoring performance for virtual machines from VMware vSphere Replication by 12x and reduce the mission hours from 4 hours to less than 20 minutes.

"AccelStor's all-flash array provides excellent performance. It’s well integrated with our VMware environment and has significantly boosted the deployment speed of testing virtual machines designated for development of the university's academic information system to 100 times faster, and completely resolved the ineffectiveness of the previous storage system in the information system, making the entire development system become highly usable through all stages." said Dr. Zhang Jun Tian, Division of Academic Information System Division of Tsing Hua University.

“Education industry is one of the most important fields in the knowledge-based economy era, and we have been dedicating to contribute in this area for years. It is our honour that Tsing Hua University decided to adapt our NeoSapphire™ P710 in the Academic Information System transformation project, and the results were highly successful. AccelStor NeoSapphire™ all-flash arrays provide ultra-high performance, reliable system availability, and strong data protection with a relatively lower TCO than others. We will continue to put more efforts helping customers to integrate CBD (Cloud computing, Blockchain, Deep learning) in Intelligent Computing.” said AccelStor’s VP, David Kao.

About National Tsing Hua University (NTHU)

As a research-based university in Taiwan, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) is well-known worldwide and ranked No. 161 in the QS World University Ranking¹. The Division of Academic Information System is set up under the Computer and Communication Centre. In addition to the maintenance and operation of the campus network system, this division also develops and tests various academic information systems, including among others, those of course selection, admission, faculty, alumni, and accounting.

About AccelStor

AccelStor is transforming modern applications through intelligent data remapping and focuses on perfecting software that unleashes the true potential of solid-state drives (SSDs). AccelStor's NeoSapphire™ all-flash arrays, powered by FlexiRemap®, are specifically designed for flash technology to resolve performance bottlenecks caused by legacy RAID, which was designed for spinning disk. Proven to deliver exceptionally high sustained IOPS for business-critical applications, FlexiRemap® is the culmination of 10 years of research to empower AFAs for I/O-intensive applications such as AI, IoT, HPC, virtualization, database applications, media processing, and financial transaction processing. For more information about AccelStor and NeoSapphire™ AFAs, please visit www.AccelStor.com.

Note 1: The 2018 World University Rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds, a UK higher education research firm, in 2017. Source: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2018

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