Astute Networks Debuts Virtualization Appliance

By Stuart Johnston

Astute Networks Monday introduced a new line of virtualization appliances certified for VMware (NYSE: VMW) meant to speed up virtual applications using a simple plug-in architecture designed to enable high-speed data stores to eliminate input/output bottlenecks.

"Astute Networks is preparing to deliver a virtualized appliance that pushes the envelope on virtualization performance, plugs into the existing IT ecosystem without disrupting it and addresses a wide range of IO-thirsty applications," according to a company statement.

The ViSX G3 appliance uses the company's Networked Performance Flash architecture along with Astute Networks patented DataPump Engine, which runs on Astute Networks' ten-core RISC processor, to accelerate local area network traffic (TCP/IP), virtualized data store traffic (iSCSI) and flash performance and protection (RAID).

One of the ViSX G3's design considerations was that the majority of virtualization deployments so far support non-essential applications due to performance concerns -- critical applications, such as databases, desktops and cloud computing environments, require more network and storage I/O than most virtualization environments can handle.

"As a result, virtualized storage is too slow to support SAP, Oracle and SQL databases; virtual machine performance is inadequate to meet Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint service levels and user mailbox loads; and backing up or recovering virtualized data stores is unacceptably slow," the company's statement said. Instead, most of those critical applications are still hosted on dedicated servers today.

Each ViSX G3 connects to the network using either 1 Gb Ethernet (GbE) or 10 GbE and is accessed via iSCSI.

Astute Networks ViSX G3 1200 comes with 1.2 TB Network Performance Flash and starts at $29,000, while the ViSX G3 2400 comes with 2.4 TB of flash and costs $59,000. The ViSX G3 4800 comes with 4.8 TB of memory and starts at $94,000.

Each model comes with a year of basic support, which includes 8 hours by 5 days coverage, according to the company.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

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This article was originally published on August 16, 2011