SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence (BI) market. The Performance Analysis Lab within the Enterprise Computing Management division of SAS Research and Development has a variety of needs, including performance analysis of the most demanding I/O and compute-intensive workloads driven by the SAS Software. SAS realized that their shared storage area network (SAN) could use more IOPS (I/O operations per second) for their most demanding workloads. At the same time, not every workload in their environment required peak I/O performance.
In an effort to provide the most cost-effective storage options while meeting their required performance profile, SAS R&D decided to test options to supplement the performance of their SAN with the Intel® Solid State Drive DC S3700 Series (Intel® SSD DC S3700 Series) drives.
• Balancing cost and performance. SAS needed to better utilize their existing SAN storage, a high-performing but expensive shared resource that the company’s Performance Analysis Lab relied on for their most demanding workloads. Local serial attached SCSI* drives were considered for the testing environment, and they did not meet the necessary performance requirements.
• Managing resources effectively. Challenged to make the most of the allotted budget, the analytics leader also needed a solution that could help ensure funding and time would be spent most effectively.