Accelerating SDDC at Atlantis Computing

Sometimes an opportunity comes along that is just too damn exciting to pass.

This is a short post on my latest move to Atlantis Computing from Canopy Cloud. My new role is primarily with the USX team to help drive the adoption of USX into large Enterprises and Service Providers. USX is Atlantis Computing’s newest technology which does for server workloads what ILIO did for EUC. Quite simply my job is to make USX a success. I’ll be helping the virtualization community understand Atlantis Computing’s USX and ILIO technologies, working with customers and partners and also with our technology partners, such as VMware, NetApp, VCE, Fusion-IO and IBM. Even though USX is new, the technology is based on ILIO which has been shipping since 2009 and is powering the largest VDI deployments in the world.

Today was officially my first day and it was a pretty interesting one. It started with a customer meeting with a large bank in London and then to BriForum, both in a listening capacity but I couldn’t help myself and ended up talking  about both ILIO and USX to some techies at the bank and then some people that came to the stand at BriForum. There is definitely hot interest with using RAM to accelerate storage in both EUC and server workloads.

Atlantis Computing’s ILIO and USX technologies are truly software defined and in simple terms enables the in-line optimisation of both IOPS and capacity BEFORE the IOPS and blocks hits the underlying storage. For example the blue graph represents IOPS to the storage array for 200 VDI VMs without ILIO, the red graph represents IOPS to the same storage array with ILIO, a saving of 80%.


In addition because storage is deduped in-line, there is also massive capacity savings on the underlying storage too. Dedupe occurs in-line, there is no requirement for dedupe to blocks written to disk as data is deduped before being written to disk, hence no overhead caused by a dedupe job on the storage processor or spindles.

In-line de-duplication is not the only capability within the Atlantis Computing technology, some of the others are:



I won’t go into each one in this post, I’ll save that for another day. I’m very excited with my new role at a new company and hope to blog a lot more often as I learn more about Atlantis Computing and of course storage virtualization and optimisation in general.

If you want to read more, some of these resources help explain the tech. Oh and we offer a completely free ILIO license for use in POCs/Lab environments, be sure to check it out!


VMworld Session Proposal(s) – not a single PowerPoint slide in sight!

Please influence the success of VMworld by spending some time to vote for the sessions that you would like see at San Francisco and Barcelona. Voting is as simple as a left mouse click, by going to

This year I decided to submit three sessions for VMworld based on work that I have done over the past few months.

However, only one of which is available for public voting, the other two, unfortunately, are deemed top secret and cannot be disclosed until VMworld. Let’s hope they make it as they are different and focussed on real-life use cases and customer design considerations of product features based on VMware’s upcoming releases. Get your cool-aid ready.

Session ID:   2335

Title:   Bring Your Desktop to Your Mobile – Bringing EUC to the User

Abstract:   With EUC becoming more prevalent in organizations that demand agile, mobile and secure client computing, the use of thin clients and all in one devices are ever becoming the normal operating model of organizations deploying EUC.

The use of mobile devices such as smartphones to access VMware View desktops could be the option going forward.

Let’s bring EUC to the user by allowing the user to access secure VMware View sessions on their own devices eliminating the need for organizations to manage the thin client devices.

Tracks: End-User Computing

Technical Level: Business Solution.

This session focuses on the possibilities of using Horizon Mobile to allow secure computing from mobile smartphone devices (cell phones). I’ve briefly blogged about it in my previous post to give you a taster. If the session is accepted, I’m hoping to make it stand out by including gadgetry, big screens and the like for a live demonstration with a little help from some friends. There won’t be any PowerPoint that’s for sure!