Architecting data centers to satisfy the growing demand for high performance is challenging – primarily because the existing technology is running out of gas. This will require IT professionals to adopt new approaches for solving these demanding requirements.
New approaches to advancing overall system performance must be studied and applied whenever possible. Server SAN, which moves storage closer to processors without giving up shared data access, is one advance. Deploying flash-based storage devices is another, especially in situations that demand either predictable database performance or large numbers of live copies. Finally, new technologies for increasing I/O parallelism such as DataCore's Parallel IO can amplify the benefits of Server SAN and flash storage.