Uncover the Business Impact of Application Acceleration with Solid-State Systems


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Benefits of Cisco Unified Computing System
Cisco Unified Computing System
Introducing the Cisco UCS Invicta Series
Flash Usage at AOL
Initial Flash Use at AOL – Database SLA
Flash is the New High Tier
UCS Director Solves Infrastructure Challenges

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  • Introduction MR: Introduce self Submit comments, reactions or questions in the “Q&A” box beside the videoJoin discussion on twitter -- hashtag Cisco UCS (#CiscoUCS)IntroduceMark, Henry and via TP Dominick, Dan C., and Dan PFirst question to DD -- high level view of Cisco’s historical UCS strategy
  • DD: Foundational principles and benefits of UCS
  • DD: Customer drivers for bringing solid-state memory into the computing fabric
  • DD: Customer drivers for bringing solid-state memory into the computing fabric, continuedNext Gen UCS Architectural synergy
  • MR transitions to HB -- offer our viewers industry insight, specifically into how it is evolving and being adopted
  • Virtualization and transaction sensitive applications – are pushing hard drive based storage to the breaking pointFlash Is the next step in the evolution of storageSuperior random read & write performanceFills gap between slow hard drives and expensive DRAMFlash is transformativecan yield a wide array of benefits.Facilities cost reductionssimplified architectures, and reduced maintenance
  • According to our Forrsights Hardware survey’s flash storage is a technology which many organizations desire – Drawing interest in verticals media & entertainment and financial services.
  • Last summer I wrote a report which focused on how early adopters justified they flash array deployments.The key value proposition -> high IOPS performance which flash arrays are able to deliver.Hard drives are better for dollars per GB, Flash has a huge edge for performance workloadsSingle hard drive = 200 iopsFlash SSD = thousands of iopsNeed Dozens of HDs to match flash
  • Today and over last few years vendors have pushed the message that you only need a little bit of flash to get performanceHybrid arrays – are still disk heavy in most designs,rely on caching and tiering technology to keep hot data in flash. As workloads spike up - > noisy neighbors workload consolidation is difficultOn the server side, Flash card deployments have been popular since they can accelerate small, isolated workloads. Downside - > have limited scalability and raise data protection concerns (DAS)While we do not believe hybrid systems and flash cards will go away any time soon, flash arrays will have a larger role in high performance storage.
  • PAST - > limited to expensive SLC mediaTODAY - > Low cost MLC and adoption of dedup/compression lowers $ per GBNOW – Broader use cases are possibleAbility to do consolidationTwo Camps of Flash Array customers:For Performance Sensitive Buyers –> the aggregate business value dwarfs the expense of a flash array.Customers want simplifedarchitectures to eliminate storage bottlenecks from being a concern.Price Sensitive Buyers – such as service providers – consistent performance, reduced maintenancelower facilities costs Deduplicationand compression -> boost efficiency
  • Flash arrays can deliver a number of different business benefits:APPLICATIONS: increased transaction output and reduced latency,USER PRODUCTIVITY: Workers increased productivity by reducing idle time. COMPLIANCE: avoid SLA penalties and unplanned infrastructure upgrades by leveraging flash.BUSINESS DECISION SUPPORT: get insights faster and giving decision makers the ability run more queries in the same amount of time.
  • Our portfolio consists primarily of two products. The t appliance has very high performance, has very good bandwidth, and it has very good storage characteristics. That foundation appliance can be deployed as parte of a UCS Invicta Scalable System, allowing the customer to scale on both performance and capacity axes. It's scalability, modularity, the ability to accelerate an application, the ability to optimize the data, also to handle multiple workloads at the same time, which can all be done without sacrificing performance.
  • MR Introduces DP of AOL
  • DP:AOL Business SnapshotHow is the data center driving this?
  • Where Was AOL Before Whiptail (now a part of Cisco)? What problems was AOL looking to solve?What solutions were implemented?Where is AOL NowArchitectural diagram to show how the solid-state system is being usedWhat applications is the system supporting? "We're committed to flash being the high performance tier" What business benefits have been achieved 
  • What’s NextWhat comes next for AOL as they continue to evolve their architecture
  • Max thanks DP and transitions to MB --Could you tell our viewers about UCS DirectorMB:What UCS Director is aboutInfrastructure in a more rapid fashionAutomated processReduces time of deliveryCustomer ExamplesFinancial services company—reduced time from days to three hoursCloud software service business—reduced from three days to two hours
  • MB: The integration of UCS Invicta into UCS DirectorAccelerate key applications by bringing shared flash storage to high performance, fabric interconnectBenefits of shared pools of flash vs. alternative architectural methodsUCS Director – manage all of the infrastructure Example – Oracle database End-to-end process of defining flash storage volumesBenefits of UCS Invicta and UCS Director integrationLower operational costsGreater reliability  Summary Customers can control all three domains: compute, storage, networkTurn-key solution for high-performance computing and applicationsUCS Director is the glue
  • Uncover the Business Impact of Application Acceleration with Solid-State Systems

    1. 1. © 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 1
    2. 2. © 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 2 Sources: Cisco UCS Changing the Economics of the Datacenter, Customer Case Studies, Cisco UCS Performance Benchmarks Superior Economics and Operations Superior Performance 82 World-Record Application Performance Benchmarks 54% Reduction of Power and Cooling Costs 61% Reduction of Ongoing Management Costs 77% Reduction of Cabling 84% Reduction in Provisioning Times
    3. 3. © 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 3 UCS Founding Principles Servers UCSNetwork/ Storage Access Application Centricity Operational Simplicity Platform for IT Innovation
    4. 4. © 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 4 UCS Founding Principles Servers Flash Memory UCSNetwork/ Storage Access NEXT GEN UNIFIED COMPUTING Integration of Solid-State Memory Systems into the UCS Fabric UCS Invicta Series Solid-State Systems Application Centricity Operational Simplicity Platform for IT Innovation Address new data velocity and scale requirements Integrate application acceleration into the computing domain
    5. 5. Making Leaders Successful Every Day
    6. 6. Storage Media Types
    7. 7. © 2014 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited Storage Technology Adoption In Enterprise Verticals
    8. 8. © 2014 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited August 2013 “Build Your Business Case For All-Flash Storage Arrays” Compare The Cost Of SSD Performance To Hard-Drive Performance
    9. 9. © 2014 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited Flash Storage 1.0: Less Is More Hybrid arrays • Rely on caching and tiering to accelerate storage workloads • Vendors recommended 2-5% flash capacity to provide 4-6X performance boost Host based flash (i.e. PCIe Flash Cards) • Placed flash storage close to CPU resources • Limited scalability • Data protection concerns BUT DOES A LITTLE GO A LONG WAY?
    10. 10. © 2014 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited Flash Storage 2.0: More Is More Performance sensitive buyers • Look at deployment in terms of business value • High performance increases productivity • Simplifies architecture by eliminating storage bottlenecks • Key markets: Analytics, Developers, SLA sensitive workloads Price sensitive buyers • Replace midrange disk storage with flash arrays to boost efficiency • Mindful of facilities costs and want enterprise storage features • Key markets: Virtualization, Service Providers FLASH CAN BE TRANSFORMATIVE
    11. 11. © 2014 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited 11 Business Benefits For Flash Arrays Applications Increased transaction output Reduced latency User productivity Workers’ time saved Cost avoidance for additional staff Compliance Avoid SLA penalties and fines Avoid unplanned upgrades Business decision support Faster insights Ability to run additional analytics
    12. 12. © 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 12 Up to 1.2 Million IOPS* Up to 12 GB/s Bandwidth Up to 240 TB Raw Using Invicta OS 5.0 UCS Invicta Appliance UCS Invicta Scaling System Scalability Modularity Application Acceleration Data Optimization Multiple Workloads Tuning-Free Performance 250,000 IOPS 1.6 GB/s* Bandwidth Up to 24 TB Raw
    13. 13. Flash Usage at AOL Dan Pollack – Chief Architect Storage Operations
    14. 14. Initial Flash Use at AOL – Database SLA 14 Problem meeting billing SLA • Over time workload was added to a reporting database • Eventually a critical billing database with a strict SLA was added • Load was originally OK but eventually SLA was only met about half of the time • Is it a storage problem?
    15. 15. Initial Flash Use at AOL – Database SLA 15 It isn’t a storage problem but is there anything you can do? • Try flash • IO latency becomes uniform and mostly small – Less than 1ms • SLA now met 100% of the time • Can we keep it until we figure out what to tune in the database?
    16. 16. Flash is the New High Tier 16 Flash ROI is better than disk at AOL • $/GB doesn’t tell the right story • Flash arrays 10-15% lower lifetime cost People are required to fix performance problems • Immediate solution • Time for analysis • Removes SLA pressure Storage virtualization enables migration of workloads • Move the poor performing devices to Flash tier • Online migration of workload by a single admin
    17. 17. What’s Next for Flash at AOL 17 • Flash high tier storage rollout complete by 2015 – 2PB now growing to about 4PB • All disk based arrays are for low IOPs capacity only • Flash moves down the stack as cost drops
    18. 18. Cisco Confidential 18 UCS Director UCS DIRECTOR SOLVES INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES Manual processes require days or weeks to deploy resources; increases operating costs Data center teams stay in rigid silos, with complex hand-offs between domains and teams Static resource allocation results in under-utilization of resources and inefficiency Reduces resource deployment from weeks to minutes Allows IT teams to work together; encourages teamwork resulting in competitive innovation Delivers unified automation and management for optimum utilization and efficiencies
    19. 19. © 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 19 Mixed Density Racks/Blades UCS Director Fabric Interconnects Batch, Data Loads Performance Nodes Routers Stateless UCS Servers with Virtualized Adapters Workload Acceleration and Data Reduction Nodes Virtual Desktops Email Data Reduction Nodes OLTP Analytics
    20. 20. © 2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 20