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Data slowdowns the enemy of financial IT

Quickly capturing and sorting through massive amounts of market and financial data for the insights necessary to make fast, predictive investment decisions are crucial to success and competitive advantage on Wall Street. Even short delays in processing a transaction, calling up a client record or analyzing big data can cost a brokerage firm and its clients millions of dollars.

IT managers at banks, brokerages and other financial services firms have never been under greater pressure to maintain datacenters that deliver high-speed access to information. Faced with explosive data growth and tight IT budget constraints, many must do more with fewer resources. Application bottlenecks, high latency, and slow database and application response times are their bane – potentially leading to a drop in company profitability and lost customers.

Accelerating data-intensive storage environments

In any datacenter, storage bottlenecks caused by hard disk drive (HDD) latency are often the culprit in slowdowns of database and application performance. For financial organizations, data storage must keep pace with demand for faster application response even as rapid data growth continues and these firms push for greater speed and lower latency to accelerate response times.

Completely replacing an existing HDD infrastructure – the traditional spinning drives either connected directly to servers (DAS) or housed in servers across a storage area network (SAN) – with faster solid state drives (SSDs) is not an option for most companies since the higher cost per gigabyte of SSDs can be prohibitive.

Churning through Wall Street’s hottest data

A more economical approach is to supplement HDD storage with a small amount of low-latency flash memory to reduce storage latency and significantly accelerate access to frequently used data, or hot spots. Storing these hot spots on PCIe® flash accelerator cards, or flash caching, can dramatically and cost-effectively improve storage performance. Flash caching is a cost-effective way to combine the performance of flash storage and the capacity of HDDs.

The LSI® Nytro™ product family with onboard flash technology is designed to deliver high performance for critical financial applications such as high-frequency trading and options processing. Nytro application acceleration provides the transparent, intelligent caching and low-latency flash that help financial institutions dramatically increase datacenter and big data performance while reducing hardware costs.

LSI internal testing showed that, in a financial IT storage environment, LSI Nytro solutions:

  • Accelerate big data performance
  • Boost database transaction speed
  • Reduce latency
  • Speed RAID rebuild times with caching software offloads
  • Reduce capital investment by spreading jobs over fewer machines