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.

Valuable Features

  • 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)

Improvements to 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.

Room for Improvement

We would like to have deeper analysis per virtual machine.

Use of Solution

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

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

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.

Scalability Issues

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

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.

Previous Solutions

This is our first solution of this type.

Initial Setup

I can say it was reasonably straightforward.

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.

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.

Other Solutions Considered

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.

Other Advice

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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