New whitepaper with ScaleArc

Heraflux is pleased to announce a new collaborative whitepaper with ScaleArc entitled "Improving uptime and performance of legacy apps on Microsoft SQL Server".

Performance tuning inefficient legacy applications can be a tremendous drain on development resources in an organization. Handling availability of the database layer of these applications can be an even larger challenge. ScaleArc can help improve both challenges by improving the availability of the database layer and accelerating common repetitive database queries from the application.

The past five years or so has seen a shift in people’s expectations for application performance. As they’ve seen their personal apps deliver continuous uptime and high performance, they’ve grown more frustrated with the slower performers in business.

Despite these business apps being critical to corporate performance, users have “just dealt with it” for years whenever they’re slow and unreliable. One challenge, of course, has been that these enterprise apps are much more complex than the personal apps, making it harder to update them. Plus, making the necessary changes to “update” the application might be out of the hands of an organization when they don’t control the source code, or are costly and time prohibitive to update when they do. A compelling alternative has emerged. Rather than recoding apps for improved uptime and performance in a database environment, consider the benefits of database load balancing software. A pioneer in this technology, ScaleArc has set out to make business application platforms more highly available and perform better by managing the traffic into the database servers. The ScaleArc software acts as an intermediary between the application and database layers. Sitting in between, it buffers database outages from impacting application availability and transparently accelerates the application’s performance, all without code or usability changes. This whitepaper explains the benefits of the ScaleArc software and shows benchmarking results of one feature set – app-transparent caching. In our tests, the ScaleArc software enabled a 5x improvement in the operations processed per minute and a drop in CPU consumption from a peak of 100% to a peak of 60%.

Download this new whitepaper today!

Usenix LISA16 Wrapup

lisa16_button_neat_180On December 5th, Deji Akomolafe from VMware Corporation, and Cody Chapman and David Klee from our team at Heraflux presented at this year’s USENIX LISA16 conference in Boston, MA. The three of us presented a half-day workshop entitled “Designing Your VMware Virtual Infrastructure for Optimal Performance, Resilience and Availability – Straight from the Source”.

Session Details: 

Not very long ago, the very idea of virtualization production mission-supporting enterprise applications can be said to be so career-threatening that only the brave dare entertain it for longer than a few seconds. Fast forward to now, virtualization is so pervasive and well-accepted that the inverse is true—"Virtualize First" is now a standard corporate mandate in large enterprises, and no modern commercial application is exempted.

Sadly, embracing virtualization has turned out not be the panacea for everything that ails an enterprise. In fact, virtualization often contributes to sub-optimal performance, availability, recoverability, and agility of many applications in the enterprise—with lots of frustrations, heartburn, reduced productivity, and yes, interrupted personal lives. In a rush to be a part of the "cool crowd," many enterprises fail to identify and account for the intricacies and requirements of the virtualization platform, relegating such considerations to the secondary or tertiary tiers on the "Due Diligence" scale.

If you have have adopted virtualization as a platform for your mission-critical applications, or if you are in the process of doing so, please be sure to attend this tutorial. The tutorial will provide a comprehensive and detailed knowledge transfer that enables you to avoid the common pitfalls encountered in a VMware vSphere virtualization project infrastructure. We will discuss and explain the considerations for successfully running your mission-critical applications in a vSphere-based infrastructure without loss of performance, availability, recovery, and resilience. The tutorial will go beyond the standard slide-ware and present an actual demonstration of the effects of certain configuration optimization strategies on the overall condition of the virtualized applications and the virtual infrastructure as a whole.

The slides have been posted for you to download and review. Thanks for having us present, and we look forward to next year!