PernixData FVP [EOL] Review

​We would like to have deeper analysis per virtual machine, but it helps us to boost the performance of our existing storage systems.


What is most valuable?

  • Boost storage performances giving new life to our existing storage investment
  • Possibility to use just RAM or both RAM and SSD storage
  • PAYG model licensing (at least for CSP)

How has it helped my organization?

We've been able to create a new catalogue item; our customers now have the possibility to choose a faster storage for their IaaS at a different price.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have deeper analysis per virtual machine.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it since February 2015, so six months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not because of them. During a power outage we lost some data, but it was our fault since we set it up as a write through option instead of a write back. Anyway, it's a very unlikely scenario.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, in fact, this is one of their key advantages.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

9/10 - higly responsive, just in the previous critical situation we had to escalate to a 3rd level engineer.

Technical Support:

7/10 - qualified, but it's a little bit rigid to find a workaround for our previous situatuion.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is our first solution of this type.

How was the initial setup?

I can say it was reasonably straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used a vendor team, and they were very highly qualified. He was one of the first developers of the product, and one of their best engineers.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In our case (CSP) the PAYG model is perfect. If perpetual licenses, I evaluated the cost as too high, and too hard to afford for a common private mid-sized company.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated some SDS, but we wanted to keep our existing storage systems. We decided on a software solution, and we didn't even consider others because of their leadership in the market.

What other advice do I have?

Ask for a support in the setup process. Implement it if really needed because of old storage and high IOPS requested apps, and a new storage investment will result too high to cover the same performnances

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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