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The Application-Centric Cloud: Why the Network Still Matters

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As the market continues to distill the value of the various Cloud Computing Architectures, often the focus is on servers and storage. The network platform, however, is key to delivering an …

As the market continues to distill the value of the various Cloud Computing Architectures, often the focus is on servers and storage. The network platform, however, is key to delivering an Enterprise application experience. During this presentation, we will highlight the value of the network in support of delivering a Global Enterprise Class application performance and experience.

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  • 1. accelerate your ambition The Application-Centric Cloud: Why the Network Still Matters Greg Spicer Manager, Cloud Solution Architects
  • 2. accelerate your ambition 4 Cloud Definition from NIST Public Private Hybrid CommunityCloud Types Service Types Software as a Service (SaaS) Platform as a Service (PaaS) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Key Characteristics On-Demand Self Service Global Secure Access Utility Billing Elastic ScaleAutomation Orchestration NIST = The National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • 3. accelerate your ambition 5 Virtual Servers Virtual Disks Networks and Security Physical and logical infrastructure CloudControl™ - infrastructure orchestration (portal and API) Bought, deployed and operated by Dimension Data Resource consumption Accountable admins
  • 4. accelerate your ambition 6 Dimension Data’s MCP is powered by Cisco • Faster time-to-value • Assured performance • Continuous innovation Cisco-powered cloud services enables Dimension Data to connect customers with confidence • Based on validated architectures • Documented scalability • Certified via third-party audits • End-to-end security • Align with open standards • Benefit from highest % R&D investment-to-revenue Cisco Powered Services
  • 5. accelerate your ambition 7 Simple, Powerful and Proven UI and API – Configurable Hardware-Based Networking Multiple VLANs for n-Tier Applications ACL-based Firewalls Configurable Load Balancing Multicast Support VPN Access to Cloud Environment 99.99% Availability SLA < 1ms Latency SLA
  • 6. accelerate your ambition 8 Low (Web) Medium (App) High (DB) Build multi-tier, secure applications in the cloud VLAN A VLAN B VLAN C Public (NAT’ed) IP Space Public Traffic filtered at Firewall Private IP Space Traffic filtered at VLAN A Firewall Multi-cast for application clustering Private IP Space Specific server to server traffic Public user VPN Gateway Administrator Administrator Load Balancing & SSL Offloading
  • 7. accelerate your ambition 9 Enterprise-class cloud performance
  • 8. accelerate your ambition 10 Tolly Group report findings Faster processing than Amazon Faster memory throughput Faster file access speed Greater network throughput
  • 9. accelerate your ambition 11 Tolly CPU Test – faster processing Notes: For Amazon Web Services, the number shown is the number of EC2 units. Neither IBM nor Rackspace offers a 1vCPU solution. IBM running RHEL 6.3, all others running Ubuntu 10.04LTS Server. All systems were 64-bit. Source: Tolly, July 2013 606 284 141 909 433 227190 101 289 144 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Small Medium Large Dimension Data Amazon Web Services IBM SmartCloud Rackspace Lower Numbers Benchmarkcompletiontime (seconds) System Category Linux Cloud Server CPU Performance C-Ray 1.1 Benchmark (as reported by Phoronix Test Suite 3.6.1) 1 vCPU 2 vCPUs 4 vCPUs
  • 10. accelerate your ambition 12 Tolly RAM Test – faster memory throughput Note: Neither IBM nor Rackspace offers a 1 vCPU solution. IBM running RHEL 6.3, all others running Ubuntu 10.04LTS Server. All systems 64-bit. Source: Tolly, July 2013 3,110 10,831 18,542 1,225 2,523 3,200 9,985 8,772 6,522 7,818 0 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 Small Medium Large Dimension Data Amazon Web Services IBM SmartCloud Rackspace MemoryOperationspersecond (average) System Category Linux Cloud Server System Memory Performance RAMSpeed 3.5 Benchmark (as reported by Phoronix Test Suite 3.6.1) 2 GB RAM 4 GB RAM 8 GB RAM
  • 11. accelerate your ambition 13 Tolly Storage Test – faster file access speed 1,448 3,472 3,472 402 1,278 1,342 684 527642 659 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 Small Medium Large Dimension Data Amazon Web Services IBM SmartCloud Rackspace Transactionspersecond(average) Linux Cloud Server Local File Performance PostMark 1.51 Benchmark (as reported by Phoronix Test Suite 3.6.1) 1vCPU / 2 GB RAM 2vCPU / 4 GB RAM 4 vCPU / 8 GB RAM Note: Neither IBM nor Rackspace offers a 1 vCPU solution. Default file systems used: ext4 for Dimension Data, ext3 for the other solutions. IBM running RHEL 6.3, all others running Ubuntu 10.04LTS Server. All systems were 64-bit. Source: Tolly, July 2013
  • 12. accelerate your ambition 14 Dimension Data provides 9x bandwidth throughput Note: Neither IBM nor Rackspace offers a 1 vCPU solution. For this test, the Rackspace “small” machine has 2vCPUs and 2GB RAM. All tests run with a “large” system as a partner across low-latency, internal network. Throughput can exceed GbE because of 10GbE back-end trunking. IBM running RHEL 6.3, all others running Ubuntu 10.04LTS Server. All systems were 64-bit. Source: Tolly, July 2013 2,252 3,260 4,463 344 1,052 1,244 1,834 1,864 233 377 479 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 Small Medium Large Dimension Data Amazon Web Services IBM SmartCloud Rackspace Bidirectionalthroughputpersecond (average) Linux Cloud Server Bidirectional Local Area Network Performance iPerf Benchmark (as reported by iPerf 2.0.4) 1vCPU / 2 GB RAM 2vCPU / 4 GB RAM 4 vCPU / 8 GB RAM
  • 13. Thank you

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