I love data. I like seeing numbers and graphs. I like to see if something is having an impact.
I like when new capabilities provides us with the means to monitor because this data gives me reassurance that the feature has an impact instead of me simply believing it does.
Let’s look at XenServer 7.1 and Provisioning Services Accelerator. I was able to show that
- PVS Accelerator reduced VM boot times
- PVS Accelerator reduced user logon times
But I didn’t have any details beyond what I was able to gather from a stopwatch.
That was until I starting poking around XenCenter. I was thrilled to see a set of metrics specific to PVS Accelerator
I ran a few tests to see what I could gather from this data. The results were what I was hoping to see.
Continue reading Monitoring PVS Accelerator
The title is correct. We can improve user logon time by implementing PVS accelerator in XenServer 7.1.
This actually makes perfect sense.
We already showed that PVS Accelerator drastically improves VM boot times because portions of the master vDisk image are cached locally. Booting a VM equates to roughly 80% reads and 20% writes. VMs using the same image are reading the same blocks of data. Due to this similarity, we are able to see huge network utilization reductions by using the PVS Accelerator cache. These reductions in the network utilization translates into faster boot times.
But what about logon time?
Continue reading Improving Logon Time with PVS Accelerator
An interesting new feature was included with the XenServer 7.1 release: Provisioning Services Accelerator.
In a single sentence,
PVS Accelerator overcomes PVS server and network latency by utilizing local XenServer RAM/Disk resources to cache blocks of a PVS vDisk to fulfill local target VM requests.
Take a look at the demo video to see:
Continue reading Provisioning Services Accelerator