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

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