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What's new in Infinio Accelerator 3.1

Posted by Sheryl Koenigsberg on Oct 25, 2016

Our engineers have been busy since releasing 3.0 back in June. Here's some of what's new in our 3.1 release:

1.  Aggregated host data reporting

We have been providing statistics on individual VMs, but many customers asked for that to be aggregated to the host level.  In 3.1, we've done just that.  On the history screen, you can now choose either a VM view, or a Host view.
Accessing host storage performance data in Infinio
This brings you to our standard history screen where you can now see the host-level performance statistics.
Host storage performance data in Infinio

2.  Storage Policy Management through the Infinio UI

One of the major enhancements in our 3.0 product was integration with vSphere's Storage Policy-Based Management.  For customers who were new to SPBM, it was simple to manage through Infinio.  However, for customers already using SBPM (for example, for VSAN) management required some steps in vCenter along with the Infinio UI.  
With version 3.1 we introduce the option to manage Storage Policies from within the Infinio UI.
In the Configuration screen, there's now an option to configure Storage Policies.
Accessing Storage Policies in Infinio
When you choose +Setup Policy, you get three options:  "Add the I/O Filter to an Existing Policy", "Duplicate an Existing Policy and Add the I/O Filter", or  "Create a New Policy with I/O Filter."
Depending on your current use of Storage Policies, you may choose any of these tasks.  
  • For example, if you have a Platinum-Gold-Silver-Bronze schema, and you want to include Infinio in your definition of Platinum Policy, then you'd choose "Add I/O Filter Filter to an Existing Storage Policy."
  • However, let's say you have a VSAN Storage Policy, and you only want to use Infinio on certain VMs that use VSAN; then a better solution would be to "Duplicate an Existing Storage Policy," and have two VSAN Policies, one with Infinio and one without it.  After duplicating the Policy you will have the option to name it.
Setting up Storage Policies in Infinio
If you choose to Add I/O Filter to an Existing Policy, or Duplicate an Existing Storage Policy, then we'll show you the existing policies and you can choose which one you'd like to change.  Let's take the first example from above, and add Infinio to the Platinum Policy.
Configuring Storage Policies in Infinio
The Console will then show you all the Policies that include the I/O Filter, and which VMs have that policy applied to it.
Viewing  Storage Policies in Infinio

3.  Non-disruptive un-install

This is a big one.  We've always had a non-disruptive installation process, and former versions of the product also had a non-disruptive uninstall.  We've prided ourselves on a 15-minute installation that requires no downtime, no maintenance mode, and no disruption to business operations.  This is one of the reasons so many people have chosen to evaluate our product over the years.  
When we introduced 3.0, we kept the non-disruptive installation, and it was non-disruptive to stop accelerating VMs, but maintenance mode was required to remove the I/O filter itself.  Well, in 3.1, maintenance mode no longer!  Install and uninstall to your heart's desire, with no impact to your VMware installation.


Stay tuned for more info on this latest release.  Want to get your hands on it?

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