Astute Networks to Showcase ViSX for SQL Server at PASS Summit 2013


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Combination of ViSX with Microsoft SQL Server Ensures Dramatically Accelerated and Consistent Database Performance, Enhanced High Availability (HA), and Significantly Reduced Operational Costs

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 9, 2013 – Astute Networks™, Inc., the leading provider of Networked Flash™ appliances, will showcase its ViSX for SQL Server Performance Storage Appliance at next week’s PASS Summit 2013, taking place October 15-18 in Charlotte, NC. Attendees visiting Astute’s Booth 121 will learn first-hand how the combination of ViSX with Microsoft SQL Server ensures dramatically accelerated and consistent database performance, enhanced high availability (HA), and significantly reduced operational costs.

Ensuring the performance of SQL Server-based applications while maximizing data availability and minimizing costs can be a significant challenge. The scope, scale, and complexity of today’s data-driven world create new demands for agility in the data center. Database server transaction processing applications are very random I/O intensive. But supporting enterprise-wide deployments of these powerful databases with traditional rotating disk storage systems inherently limits performance, resulting in prolonged queries, unacceptable response times, and long-running transactions. The result is often vendor finger-pointing that doesn’t solve the business problem.

So how should an IT organization respond to I/O performance short-comings? Should they spend enormous amounts of time and talent designing high-performance solutions based on disk or should they just accept slow performance? According to a recent white paper by Kevin Kline, Director of Engineering Services, SQL Sentry, and a Microsoft MVP since 2004, he recommends, “The ViSX performance storage appliance from Astute Networks offers an easy and cost-effective solution to this problem. IT organizations are able to move their infrastructure from expensive and slow hard disks to extremely high- speed SSD storage. By doing this, I/O performance bottlenecks abate – and all at a price that’s cheaper than bringing in a top consultant to solve the I/O throughput problems.” (White paper available at:

“By deploying all or key portions of your SQL Server databases on ViSX, you will achieve faster access to critical data, achieve more transactions per second, and, if virtualized, experience faster VM datastore performance – all with reduced operational costs,” said Michael Schmitt, senior director of product management, Astute Networks.

The ViSX for SQL Server Performance Storage Appliance enables customers to:
• Cost-effectively and efficiently devote more IOPS to critical applications
• Significantly accelerate application performance, consistency checks, cube processing and other high-intensity I/O backend processes
• Enhance high availability by using ViSX for secondary replicas in AlwaysOn Availability Groups and database mirrors
• Respond to growth and demand spikes by quickly and non-disruptively provisioning to ViSX
• Virtualize SQL Server with no performance risk

To read about how Volvo and other highly respected business organizations, large and small, rely on ViSX to solve application performance, availability and cost challenges, please visit the Astute Networks Case Study webpage at:

Volvo Case Study – ViSX Benefits Summary:
• Fast, predictable and reliable performance across all applications
• IT expertise time freed from constant troubleshooting – time now dedicated to revenue generating activities
• Dramatically lowered total cost of ownership (TCO) for all IT infrastructure vs. the prior use of offsite services
“… We saved a ton of money,” said Charles Balmes, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Volvo.

For further details on the PASS Summit 2013 and all other Astute Networks’ user group and conference appearances, as well as speaking engagements and live webinars, please visit:

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About Astute Networks
Astute is the leading provider of Networked Flash™ appliances that accelerate application performance by 10x or more, enhance user productivity and lower IT costs for physical and virtual environments. The company’s ViSX family of Networked Flash appliances is based on a 100% solid state flash technology that cost–effectively delivers a high number of sustained IOPS to dramatically increase application performance. Powered by its patented DataPump Engine™, ViSX overcomes performance limitations by non-disruptively delivering shared performance to all servers and virtual machines over pervasively deployed Ethernet networks. ViSX is available through the company’s network of authorized AstuteNet channel partners. For more information, visit

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