There is a great write-up today on Pinal Dave’s SQLAuthority blog on Identifying Application vs Network Performance Issues. He provides some insight on how to determine if a SQL Server performance issue is related to the network and some possible ways to address the network related issue. And, of course, NitroAccelerator is one of the major ways to address SQL Server network performance! Check out our new ad on the challenges of WAN performance:
You’ll be seeing it at various SQL Server oriented websites. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the article and ad. Let me know by either commenting on this blog or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a good summary of SQL Server 2016 features in this article in TechCrunch. A key highlight is the vast improvement in performance as, “queries should execute 25 percent faster on the same hardware. Once you start making use of new features like SQL Server 2016’s in-memory updatable column stores, those speed-ups could hit 100x for some types of queries.” This kind of performance improvement is incredible and sets apart SQL Server from its competitors. However, if you look at my blog from last week about network congestion, for those with already congested networks or with branches and users who have low or variable bandwidth connections, they may not realize the full benefit of these performance gains. This is akin to the great gains in CPU power that were made prior to the advent of SSD storage where hard disk technology was not able to supply data fast enough for the CPU to consume. Thus techniques like on-disk caching were used. I believe that improvements like this will increase the need for network performance acceleration and other techniques to enable end-users to fully realize the benefits of the upcoming SQL Server 2016 release.
I read an interesting article this week about Sonoco, a large multinational packaging company, using containers to save on licensing. While the prime subject was interesting in itself, this quote from Nancy Lawson, the primary SQL Server DBA, caught my eye, “My main concern is that we have enough issues with network performance within our own data centers.” While nearly everyone is looking for ways to create a fatter pipe between data centers using tools like WAN accelerators, these techniques don’t reduce overall traffic within the network. So then, the organizations use complex QoS and application prioritization algorithms to attempt at ensuring reasonable performance for critical applications. Then this leads to adding discovery tools, monitoring systems, and more and more complexity – not just of the application infrastructure, but for the management infrastructure for ensuring performance and availability. This complexity causes every infrastructure management decision to become a strategic decision, not just due to complexity, but because these become six to seven figure spending decisions. If you can reduce overall network traffic you get several benefits including:
- better application performance,
- reduced complexity of the application and management infrastructure,
- lower costs of bandwidth and infrastructure.
The only way to address this is at the endpoints (the sum of all the infrastructure to support the applications: servers, desktops, laptops, etc.) Endpoints are where the network traffic begins and ends. If you don’t address network performance at the root, the endpoint, that’s when you need to add huge complexity to your environment. Implementing acceleration at the endpoint will improve application network performance while also reducing complexity and overall congestion across the entire network (LAN, WAN, Cloud).
Fred Johannessen- CEO
Today is a culmination of our aggressive investment in Nitrosphere that began last year. We’ve completely revamped our flagship product NItroAccelerator with major improvements that dramatically accelerate performance for both server-to-server traffic and client-server traffic. This release is not only a revamp, but it is the most extensively tested both internally and in beta by our incredible customers.
We have also completely redone our website and I think it is world class! The colors pop. The content is clear and concise, and navigation to product and company information is easy to get to.
I’m very proud of the efforts of the Nitrosphere team and think you’ll agree that the product, the message, and the look and feel of the company is high-impact, high-energy, and built to service customers and prospects in delivering the results they expect.
To celebrate this occasion, we are making a couple of promotional offers:
- 25% discount to anyone who commits to purchase by May 31
- Drawing for tickets for two to the Formula 1 race in Austin on October 21-23 for any prospect or customer who allows us to post their performance results with NitroAccelerator Turbo on our website.
If you have tried NitroAccelerator before and, for whatever reason, things didn’t work out, you should try us again. If you haven’t tried it out, the time is now to start providing the performance your users/customers deserve.
Austin, TX— September 2, 2015 — Nitrosphere Corporation, the leader in Microsoft SQL Server security and performance software, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Fred Johannessen as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.
Johannessen has an extensive background in software from leading development teams to building global sales channels. Johannessen will focus on expanding Nitrosphere’s reach into global markets while also seeking to invest in product-line development to extend Nitrosphere’s portfolio. “We are thrilled to have Fred’s experience and leadership to take Nitrosphere to the next level, especially as the marketplace calls for additional security and performance products to ensure optimal protection for increasingly cloud-based businesses and applications.” said Emily Bersin, Nitrosphere’s co-founder and chief architect.
As a seasoned executive, Johannessen brings nearly 30 years of experience in technology leadership roles starting as a developer at GE and progressing to leading global development and sales organizations in companies such as BMC Software and Heat Software. “Nitrosphere fills a major gap that many organizations utilizing Microsoft SQL Server face in providing high performance to remote locations while assuring top-notch data security,” said Fred Johannessen. “Most customers face a conundrum in using appliance-based WAN accelerators because they are not effective at compressing encrypted data resulting in inconsistent performance; and are not true end-to end solutions which puts data at risk. Nitrosphere has a differentiated solution that addresses both performance and security in one product with guaranteed delivery of the data.”
Nitrosphere provides advanced encryption and compression solutions to improve the performance, reliability, security and cost of Microsoft SQL Server network performance. NitroAccelerator improves SQL Server WAN replication, WAN optimization and cloud application performance and security.
In the last post, we talked about performance of retail store data movement and how it needs to be in real-time to attract and retain customers.
Then there’s security. If we learned one thing in 2014 it is that data breaches are haunting retailers. According to a Security Week blog post that sourced data from Gemalto, 2014 saw one billion records compromised in 1,500 data breaches worldwide; compared to 2013, those numbers are an increase of 80 percent in term of data records and 40 percent in terms of breaches overall. The top two sectors for breaches were Retail and Financial Services. No one is predicting 2015 numbers to shrink.
Retailers are working at every touchpoint to secure customer data to protect their consumers and their brands. Real-time data collection and data movement from retail outlets require the highest levels of encryption to secure customer data.
When retailers look to appliance-based solutions to increase their data movement and replication performance between databases, they create new security risks without the ability to provide true end-to-end data encryption. Retail business and IT technologists don’t have to sacrifice security for performance with innovative solutions like NitroAccelerator. This encryption and compression solution does not use a middleman in providing 256-bit encryption and guaranteed data delivery with high performance across any network. Retailers will continue to find places to secure their customer and store data while expanding rapidly. NitroAccelerator is one of the enablers that retailers need in order to meet consumer experience requirements and to be a good stewards of data.
All of these trends show that retailers in particular are ripe for technology that securely accelerates data movement to support their expansion and growth requirements. How will the data captured by the barista who makes lattes in the Xi’an, China store ultimately be shared with global operations? From Mom and Pop stores to global brands, the onus is on the retailer to move data quickly and securely to delight consumers and keep them coming back for more.
If you thought your favorite retailer or coffee shop was already on every corner, think again. According to About Money, in 2014, retailers continued their massive expansion with plans for more than 10,000 new store openings in the United States and in geographies including Japan, Europe, the Middle East, China and other major regions. Leading the charge is 7-11, Starbucks, Subway, Tim Hortons, General Dollar, H&M and Nordstrom among many others planning openings across geographies. While some retailers shuttered stores in the face of ecommerce, the outlook is positive for several retailers to continue major expansion in 2015.
What does this expansion mean to retailers? One of the challenges is that with the continued growth is the need to improve the efficiency and expediency of sharing store data in order to provide excellent, innovative customer experiences and to manage the business effectively. Whether it is providing inventory visibility and availability, customer analytics, point of sale data and speedy customer service; consumer data that their stores collect are at the center of success for today’s retailer.
For most retailers, data must be collected and uploaded (in real-time or in batch) to regional, and ultimately corporate servers so the retailer can track sales, inventory, and everything else related to their business. Unfortunately, many outlets are located in areas with bandwidth-constrained networks and have to settle for less than real-time replication and movement of store data.
In a demanding, omnichannel retail environment, where the consumer shops online, from a desktop, mobile device or brick and mortar store, it is incumbent upon retailers to provide a real-time experience where data is at the center of compelling consumer experiences. Even in locations where bandwidth is abundant, the difference in the ability to provide inventory or other buyer information performance improvements measured by milliseconds can make or break a sale and impact brand loyalty.
Most retailers work in a hub and spoke model for their customer database. Data from store point of sale and other systems are replicated to regional or headquarter servers for pricing, inventory or sales information. Increasingly, retailers do not have the luxury of batch processing at night. When businesses go global and traverse time zones and commerce is conducted 24×7, there is no concept of “night” when the business is closed.
Some retailers have looked to appliance solutions to speed data movement and replication but there are issues with data delivery guarantees and increased security risks (more for our next post). Retailers are discovering that NitroAccelerator, a compression solution that guarantees data delivery, increases performance by up to 10X without having to increase bandwidth. Find out what role NitroAccelerator can play to improve your business performance around the globe by taking a free 30 day trial.
June 5th, 2014 has been dubbed “reset the net” day, where several organizations including resetthenet.org, twitter, Google, and others launched an effort to push for awareness and action with respect to building applications that respect the privacy of their users.
One of the key things these organizations are advocating for is the use of end-to-end encryption for web and mobile applications. In an article published in Wired.com, the author says, “This <end-to-end encryption> is the most important technological change, and the one that Snowden emphasized in his talk. End-to-end encryption would help protect data through its entire journey from sender to recipient.”
I find this both interesting and gratifying because NitroAccelerator from Nitrosphere has provided end-to-end encryption as an option for more than 6 years. The primary driver for customers to use our product is to gain 10x performance improvement for their SQL Server replication and cloud applications. Not only are our customers experiencing this performance benefit, nearly all customers using NitroAccelerator for their cloud-based applications use the encryption feature. In fact, we even have a customer using the product exclusively for the end-to-end encryption so that they do not have to force their customers into using a VPN for their custom application.
Our 256-bit encryption assures secure transactions on the cloud. One note of caution when looking at WAN replication, optimization and acceleration solutions is that most use a middleman appliance to gain performance. In that scenario, it is not possible to encrypt data end-to-end. NitroAccelerator is not a middleman appliance solution, rather it uses a unique compression technology that maintains encryption and delivers data end to end.
To sum it up, we’re proud to say that we’ve had end-to-end encryption before it was cool. 🙂 Look for further announcements with regard to end-to-end encryption from Nitrosphere in the near future.
This week I had lunch with the founders of Nitrosphere to celebrate our recent update to the Nitrosphere website. We’re really happy with the look and feel of the site, but it occurred to me that something was missing from our message. Then, after a double-latte, it struck me – we’re not sharing our “Zero Config” message effectively.
Lately, in discussions with our new customers, including one of our newest customers in Europe, they rave about how easy it is to test-drive NitroAccelerator with zero configuration changes to their SQL Server database or their network. While it isn’t surprising to us that they experienced a dramatic improvement to SQL Server replication performance, we are delighted to hear their deep appreciation about the ease of the trial and implementation for a fast return on investment.
What does “Zero Config” mean?
How many times have you spent minutes installing software, then hours attempting to configure it to work in your environment? This can be especially true for network intensive software. In fact, if you do a search on “Zero Config” nearly 100 percent of the hits are related to network configuration and how Zero Config has not been fully realized yet.
NitroAccelerator interfaces with TCP/IP networks and SQL Server databases. Each are highly complex environments thus any wrong configuration or integration can result in lost data or degraded performance. Due to the architecture of NitroAccelerator, it fits cleanly alongside SQL Server and intercepts its network-bound traffic before it gets to the network. The key here is that it fits alongside, rather than in between, requiring zero configuration to the network or the database..
In fact, all you have to do to get NitroAccelerator in operation optimizing and encrypting your SQL Server transactions is to install it on the same server where your SQL Servers reside; restart SQL Server; and NitroAccelerator automatically starts doing it’s job. That is truly Zero Config. If something goes wrong, you can just stop NitroAccelerator and transactions continue. If your network traffic is not compressible, NitroAccelerator simply won’t compress it (automatically) – again Zero Config.
- Zero Config to get NitroAccelerator running
- Zero Config to turn it off
- Zero risk to your data
- 100% opportunity to improve your SQL Server performance and protect your transactional data
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