Windows Accelerator Software Solution

Windows Accelerator (WXL) Software is a caching solution for Windows Server based physical servers that enables IT managers to efficiently accelerate database and application performance. It is designed to dramatically improve the performance and latency on your SAN and DAS system by intelligently caching the most frequently accessed data on flash storage. By caching hot data on an OCZ SSD, access times are reduced, applications spend less time waiting for data, and SAN resources are not tied up – increasing application performance while reducing storage costs. Serverside flash greatly reduces latency-related bottlenecks, and when combined with OCZ WXL Software and existing storage and server systems, organizations can increase productivity and reduce their TCO.

What Problem Does WXL Solve?

WXL Software increases application performance by reducing I/O latency between the storage system and the applications that users run on their servers. By accelerating the storage array with WXL, application performance and responsiveness are greatly improved. The software is integrated with OCZ enterprise SSD flash cards (PCIe, SATA or SAS based) and its out-of-band cache statistics processing selectively caches data and accelerates I/O access while avoiding processing in the data path itself.

WXL has been tested using Microsoft® Exchange JetStress on a high performance SAN array. When combined with a Z-Drive R4 SSD provided an 8X increase in Transactions per Second (TPS) while reducing the average latency by a factor of 6X when compared to a standalone SAN.

Targeted Applications

  • Databases running on Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft SharePoint
VXL Software Storage Accelerator

Key Features

Flexible Flash Use Model

Offers the unique capability of concurrently using both flexible flash volumes and policy-optimized flash caching on the same SSD.

Direct Pass Caching

For larger data files that do not fit entirely in flash, OCZ’s proprietary cache decision and analysis technology within WXL Software makes intelligent selections of what data to store in a flash cache.

Dynamic Cache Pre-Warming and Allocation

WXL Software features innovative cache allocation that pre-loads the SSD flash cache with application data to accommodate specific business-critical workloads that need to run at scheduled times.

WXL Benefits

  • Accelerates Microsoft Windows Performance
  • Delivers flash performance without having to upgrade back-end legacy storage
  • Reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Deploys quickly, easily, and seamlessly to deliver immediate results

PRODUCT BRIEF

INSTALLATION MANUAL

Centralized Management

Using OCZ StoragePeak 1000 Enterprise Central Management, the user can not only configure and track the OCZ SSD flash volumes but can easily and quickly install to configure WXL and accelerate volumes as well. Only two simple steps are required to accelerate a SAN or DAS LUN volume and does not require any changes be made to the application or in the production volume itself. Through the simple, user-friendly WXL GUI, the user can:

Centralized Management GUI
  • Configure flash volumes and cache policies
  • Monitor performance
  • Schedule cache warm-up
  • Print comprehensive reports
  • Receive customizable alerts
 
Operating System 32/64 Bit Manager Engine
Microsoft Windows® 7, 8 or 8.1 32/64 Yes No
Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 64 Yes Yes

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