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Use More, Pay Less - Delivering Increased Storage Efficiency without Compromising on SLAs


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This session will look at some of the challenges facing organisations in delivering the storage infrastructure for new applications and projects against a backdrop of limited resources and budget …

This session will look at some of the challenges facing organisations in delivering the storage infrastructure for new applications and projects against a backdrop of limited resources and budget constraints. It will show how, with the right approach, storage efficiency can be dramatically improved.

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  • 1. Use More, Pay Less – Delivering Increased Storage Efficiency without Compromising on SLAs Adrian Groeneveld Marketing Director, EMEA
  • 2. Market Dynamics  Economic meltdown  Virtualisation is mainstream  Cloud computing on everyone’s discussion agenda  Unified everything  Companies forced to adopt a new approach  Storage at the centre of everything
  • 3. The Storage Issues  Silo’d or fragmented storage through project driven acquisition  Poor utilisation  Highly inefficient due to power, space and resource overhead  Legacy storage scales poorly, creating bottlenecks  Sharing storage between applications creates contention and missed SLAs
  • 4. Building a Shared Infrastructure  Private Cloud – Typically an internal shared compute environment to support business units/divisions and internal applications  Public Cloud – Typically an external organisation using their own infrastructure to deliver services to multiple clients e.g.  Cloud Benefits – Efficiency of resource – Flexible shared environment – Simple resource allocation – Simplified management – Project based charge back
  • 5. Obstacles to Successful Shared Storage Infrastructure  How unified is unified?  Applications don’t like sharing  Issues around scalability  Who’s using what  Securing the Infrastructure  Allocation of resources  Resource prioritisation
  • 6. “Pillar delivers an innovative next generation data storage solution enabled by patented Quality of Service technology and built on a highly scalable modular architecture to automatically regulate and manage fulfillment of incoming application data requests based on business importance.”
  • 7. One Key Enabling Technology:
  • 8. Pillar Quality of Service Enabling Cloud Storage Enabling the Virtual Datacentre Enabling Faster Applications Enabling More Usage with Less Costs
  • 9. How Do We Do It? One Platform: Core Technology: Key Value: Axiom 600 QoS IO Prioritization high medium low Virtual Virtual Virtual Machine 1 Machine 2 Machine 3 Virtual Server 4 5 1 3 2 6 7 8 9 10 High Medium Low Priority Priority Priority Queue Queue Queue 9
  • 10. Architecture Components Storage Controllers - Slammer • Active-Active SAN or NAS control units • 48GB Cache • (8) GigE ports or (4) 4 or 8Gbps FC ports • Complete High Availability • Scales up to four Slammers (eight control units) Storage Enclosure - Brick • Dual RAID controllers • Embedded RAID-5 and RAID-10 • SATA, Fibre Channel and SSD drives • Built in hot spare • Hot-swappable drives and RAID Controllers Management Controller - Pilot • Dual control units • Active/Passive - High Availability • (2) Hard drives for Config and Logging • (6) 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet
  • 11. One Platform: Axiom 600  4x SAN and/or NAS Slammers – SAN (FC, iSCSI)  4-16 4Gbps and/or 8Gbps FC ports  4-16 1Gbps Ethernet ports – NAS (NFS or CIFS)  8-32 1Gbps Ethernet ports – 48-192 GB of Cache  64x Bricks – 1.66 PB of Capacity – Storage Classes  SATA: 500GB, 1TB and 2TB  FC: 300GB and 450GB  SSD: 50GB and 200GB  Guarantees – Performance guarantee with 80% Utilization
  • 12. Pillar Axiom Modular Scaling Bricks Slammer Slammer Pilot
  • 13. True Performance Scalability: Proof
  • 14. Differentiating Technologies  Quality of Service (QoS) – Dynamic CPU, Cache, and Capacity Management  Unified Storage – Native SAN & Native NAS shared storage pool  Distributed RAID – Linear Scaling, Performance under fault, fast rebuild  Policy based Management & Application Aware Profiles – Storage services linked to application priority  Modular architecture – Scale with highest utilization rates in enterprise storage
  • 15. Quality of Service  Problem: Traditional arrays still use a FIFO (First in First Out) I/O queuing model – No regard for the business importance of an application – first come first served  Solution: Prioritize I/O’s by the business value of an application – Multiple I/O queues: Important I/O’s executed first regardless of received order  Benefit: Aligns performance with business needs vs. who got there first
  • 16. How we do it: QoS Control Points
  • 17. Storage Domains – Extending QoS  Isolates specific bricks within the storage pool  Usage – Database Environments - Create separate domains for the logs and the data files for data protection and comfort – Hosting – Allocate specific bricks to specific customers within the overall Axiom pool – Private cloud – allow departmental charging for bricks – Overcome project based storage acquisition – Brick based data migration for brick upgrades
  • 18. Extending QoS for Share Storage Environments  Slammer acts as a type of Cloud Controller  Each domain has its own Bricks, Storage Classes and RAID controllers  Storage Domains act as separate application containers  A separate storage domain can be created for every Cloud user (application owner or external cloud customer in a hosting example)  Users can acquire additional bricks to be added to their own storage domain within the Cloud  Every Cloud user still has the benefits of Quality of Service and storage classes
  • 19. A Customer Example
  • 20. Canterbury City Council “Our guys aren’t spending all their time fire fighting...routine is back to routine!” Timo Bayford, Computer Services Manager
  • 21. Delivering Shared Storage Services  700 full-time staff  25 sites to support  70 business units  Massive range of services – Council tax calculation and collection – Theatre and festival ticketing – Car parks – Benefits payments – Many more
  • 22. The Challenges Faced  Existing system was having constant performance issues  Mixed drive types was creating contention  Needed a system to cope with multiple applications that could cope with growth  Were faced with constant complaints from the business units  Revenue generating systems were getting impacted  Need to be able to deliver shared services to neighbouring councils
  • 23. The Solution Deployed  Systems Deployed – Axiom 600, dual Slammer – Both with native SAN and NAS – Fibre Channel and SATA drives  Applications Serviced – Exchange – SQL – Oracle – ESX Server – Data archive and back-up – Finance, Web and Billing – Other
  • 24. The Benefits  Instant provisioning and dynamic change based on application demand with Pillar’s Quality of Service  Supporting multiple applications on physical and virtual servers with predictable and consistent performance managed with QoS  Virtually eliminating complaints from users due to poor response from application requests  Ability to scale and deliver shared services architecture for reduced TCO amongst a number of councils  Consolidation of all applications onto a single, unified storage platform, without impacting the business
  • 25. Building Your Shared Infrastructure
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  • 27. Thank You Questions?