FORSA is an In-Memory Storage virtualization platform for resource-intensive applications that require microsecond latency, extreme I/O performance, and increased memory capacity.
FORSA is best suited for customers who are looking for a more performant virtualization, container-based, and bare-metal solution for the most I/O-intensive applications.
The typical install takes approximately 17 minutes.
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First, let us outline some of the issues with utilizing many of the available RAM disk options:
Now let’s look at FORSA Logical Extensions of Memory (LEMs):
FORSA has been designed to operate on typical x86-based hardware from manufacturers such as Lenovo, Intel, HPE, Dell, and SuperMicro. The minimum requirements for FORSA are:
Any application that operates on the Intel x86-64bit platform can benefit from performance gains utilizing FORSA. FORSA supports any application that operates on a Linux host server, or any application that can operate on a Linux or Windows virtual machine. For example, multiple instances of the following applications may be run on a single FORSA host server:
The short answer is YES. If your application runs on typical x86-64bit hardware, your application can run with FORSA.
FORSA is currently limited by the density of the DIMMs or Storage Class Memory (SCM) installed in the host system.
FORSA is very efficient at identifying repetitions, redundancies, and patterns in data, from nearly identical copies, to data with minimal similarities. We have realized Amplification of data stored in memory that is between 1.2x – 24.x the physical memory capacity on a server. Of course, the degree of memory Amplification will depend on the data.
FORSA is system-level software that enables any standard application and the associated data to persist and run in memory without application changes.
You could nest VMware vSphere within a KVM virtual machine; however, it is not an efficient or practical solution. In a documented competitive scenario, FORSA enabled a database application to run on a virtual machine with 75% fewer cores compared with running the same database application on a VMware virtual machine instance, while dramatically improving query performance. As an alternative, port your virtual machine instances to KVM and execute them with more performance using FORSA.
BLINK functionality allows for an application consistent memory state capture of the entire system for data protection and recovery. The capability also provides protection for the virtual machine and virtual machine resources.
For virtual machine resources, FORSA LEMs (Logical Extensions of Memory) — equivalent to a LUN with an in-memory data structure — feature Snapshot capability. A FORSA Snapshot is an independent, point-in-time read-only backup of a LEM.