GIW Industries Pumps up VDI Performance with PernixData FVP Software, Dell SSDs and NetApp Storage


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SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 7, 2015 – PernixData, the leader in server-side storage intelligence, today announced that GIW Industries, the leader in the design and manufacturing of heavy duty centrifugal slurry equipment, pumps, and parts, has deployed PernixData FVP™ software to cost-effectively optimize virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) performance by decoupling current storage performance from capacity.

GIW Industries was about to embark on a strategic VDI project using Citrix XenDesktop 7.5, however, Lucas McCuistian, the company’s IT, systems and network administrator, was worried that storage bottlenecks would jeopardize the project’s success.

“Most problems with VDI come from slow reads and writes to storage,” said McCuistian. “Given that, I was willing to spend money at the beginning of the project to avoid any storage performance problems.”

GIW Industries was happy with its existing NetApp FAS 2220 storage system, and did not want to spend $100,000 or more on a storage upgrade. The company searched for alternatives, and chose to deploy Dell SSDs and PernixData FVP software instead (at the recommendation of their trusted partner, Philotek).

“PernixData puts storage reads and writes into high speed server media for optimal VDI performance and cost effective scale-out,” said McCuistian. “In addition, we could keep our NetApp array and accompanying data services, avoiding rip and replace headaches. With a new decoupled storage architecture, we cost-effectively rolled out VDI without our end users noticing a difference in performance.”

The company plans to triple the size of its VDI environment in the coming years, with PernixData FVP software playing a key role in these plans.

“When you have software like FVP that you can install and then walk away from, it easily becomes a strategic part of your IT infrastructure,” said McCuistian. “Now that we have decoupled our storage, I cannot imagine going to any other type of storage architecture.”

PernixData FVP is a key infrastructure element of any virtualized data center. The software virtualizes server side flash and memory into a clustered acceleration tier that enables IT administrators to quickly, easily and cost-effectively optimize VM performance while scaling-out storage performance with compute resources.

About PernixData®
PernixData is fundamentally changing how storage is designed and operated in virtual data centers. The company’s flagship software product, PernixData FVP, virtualizes server side flash and memory to enable scale-out storage performance that is independent of capacity. No changes are required to VMs, servers or primary storage, ensuring maximum performance of all virtualized applications in a seamless, scalable and cost- effective manner.

Based in San Jose, California, PernixData was founded by virtualization experts and backed by industry luminaries in the software space. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @PernixData.

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