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Using Utility Storage to Boost Virtual Datacentre ROI

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Whether you are deploying server and desktop virtualisation to meet your organisation’s internal IT needs, or building out a cloud infrastructure for external service delivery, this lab session will …

Whether you are deploying server and desktop virtualisation to meet your organisation’s internal IT needs, or building out a cloud infrastructure for external service delivery, this lab session will show you how to use highly virtualised, highly efficient, high-performance utility storage to maximise virtualisation return on investment (ROI).

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  • Increase Consolidation … butStorage performance does not meet virtual server requirements Simplify Administration… butManual, error prone provisioning Poor visibility across application, virtual server and storage Ineffective backup/recovery and disaster recovery capabilityMaximize Savings… butStorage capacity costs detracts from savings
  • Storage PerformanceMemory resources bottlenecked in virtual server environmentsMemory bottlenecks taxes disk performanceDisk performance limits overall server performanceMixed Workload SupportConsolidated environments must support a mix of workload typesEffective Queue Management Manual handling of full IO queues limits VM density
  • Here is a screen shoot of VMware vCenter3PARs Mgmt Plug-In for VMware vSphere is available at no additional charge for 3PAR customers.You will notice the 3PAR Integration of VMware vCenter with the 3PAR tab in the upper right hand corner. This integration is another example of our approach on “applications managed” storage where 3PAR provides information that is native to interface of that application/OS environment In this box you will a list of virtual volumes/LUNs that have been presented to the ESX cluster. If you click on one of these volumes, you will see information on the VV in the “details section” belowDetails include – capacity and utilization savings, volume limits, drive and raid types, remote copy information all from within the vCenter interface and without having to go to an InServ array to get this information.Overall benefit is this allows admins to get access to information that maps across the different abstraction layers in virtual server environments as well as provide storage information to VM admins.
  • This next screen shows the Recovery Manager tab. Recovery Manager for VMware is a licensable product. Recovery Manager allows you to make hundreds of VM-aware space efficient snaps and enables rapid online recovery for VMware Vsphere environmentsIn this first half of the screen you will see the VMFS LUN snapshotWith this LUN, you can see the different Virtual Machine Disk Images (VMDKs) that are part of that VMFS. You can then choose copy these VMDKs to a different LUN or choose to mount/associate them with a different virtual machine
  • More infohttp://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsp_4_thinprov_perf.pdf
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    • 1. Using Utility Storage to Boost Virtual Datacentre ROI
      Phil Hooker
      Principle Systems Engineer
    • 2. Agenda
      Server Virtualization Business Drivers & Storage Challenges
      Why 3PAR for Virtual Server Environments
    • 3. 23%
      35%
      19%
      23%
      Business Drivers for Server Virtualization
      CAPEX savings is the #1 driver for Server Virtualization
      • 40% of users cite CAPEX savings as their #1 driver
      Easily quantifiable OPEX is next on the list, followed by Flexibility and DR
      Users on average have virtualized 35% of server workloads
      More than 75% of respondents plan to virtualize at least 2/3 of their workloads within next few years
      Server Virtualization will continue to be a technology driver over the next few years
      Source: Taneja Group: Multi-Client Study: Storage Best Practices in a Virtualized Server Environment Oct 2009
    • 4. 3PAR Background
      Founded in 1999, in Fremont, CA, USA
      Utility Storage launched in 2002, IPO in Nov 2007, wholly owned subsidiary of HP Sept 2010
      Thin Provisioning pioneer
      Gartner market leading visionary 6 years running
      No. 2 in the US hosting / enterprise cloud market
      7 of the top 10 hosting providers have chosen 3PAR
      No. 10 (IDC) in WW SAN storage systems
      2010 Product of the Year, Storage magazine, disk and disk subsystems category
    • 5. Storage Challenges in Virtual Server Environments
    • 6. Consolidate, Simplify, Save in Virtual Server Environments
      Increase Consolidation
      Simplify Administration
      Maximize Savings
      Double VM Density
      • Wide Striping
      • 7. Mixed Workload Support
      • 8. Integration w/VmwareAdaptive Queue Depth
      • 9. VAAI APIs and Plug-Ins
      Simplified Provisioning
      • Autonomic Groups
      • 10. Management Plug-In
      • 11. Recovery Manager
      • 12. Site Recovery Adapter
      Lower Storage Cost
      • Thin Provisioning
      • 13. Thin Conversion & Thin Persistence
      • 14. Adaptive Optimization
      • 15. Fast RAID Technologies
      Cut storage capacity requirements by 50%
      Spend 90% less time managing storage.
      Buy 50% fewer physical servers
    • 16. Increasing VM Density is complex
      Storage Performance
      Mixed Workload Support
      • Effective Queue Management
      • 17. Increasing VM density lowers costs
      Source: Taneja Group: Multi-Client Study: Storage Best
      Practices in a Virtualized Server Environment Oct 2009
    • 18. Virtualization Reality: Memory Limitations Make Storage A Precious ESX Resource
      ESX techniques for handling memory over-commitment:
      Page sharing
      Ballooning
      Swapping
      Random ESX I/O stresses disk performance
      Traditional storage with large caches not effective
      VM performance gated by disk IOPs and storage capacity
    • 19. point-to-point or switched connection
      point-to-point or switched connection
      Host Connectivity
      Data Cache
      Disk Connectivity
      3PAR Storage provides scalability without high cost or many systems
      Traditional Monolithic Architecture
      3PAR InSpire® Architecture
      Traditional Modular Architecture
      a finely, massively, and automatically load balanced cluster
      Legend
    • 20. 3PAR Fine Grained Array-Based Virtualization
      Chunklets
      Physical drives broken into fine-grained uniform 256 MB chunklets
      Logical Disks
      Chunklets from 100s of drives autonomically selected and grouped to meet service level requirements
      Virtual Volumes
      Created and exported in two commands - 15 seconds with no pre-planning
      Logical Disks for entire volume defined by single combination of:
      Drive typeRAID typeHigh resiliency
      Non-Tiered
      Each region defined by one of 3 combinations of:
      Drive type
      RAID type
      High resiliency
    • 21. Scalable performance: SPC-1 comparison
      transaction-intensive applications typically demand response time < 10 ms
      EMC CLARiiONCX3-40
      Jan 2008
      NetApp
      FAS3170
      Jun 2008
      IBM DS8300 Turbo
      Dec 2006
      MidRange
      Utility
      High End
      Response Time (ms)
      HDS AMS 2500
      Mar 2009
      3PAR InServ T800 Sep 2008
      3PAR InServF400May 2009
      IBM DS5300
      Sep 2008
      HDS USP VOct 2007
      SPC-1 IOPS™
    • 22. 3PAR Wide Striping enables higher VM Density
      3PAR Wide Striping
      • Spreads volumes across all disks
      • 23. Delivers predictable performance even at full capacities
      • 24. Allows a VMDK to be striped across all disks without capacity wastage
      Benefits for VMware
      • Higher and more predictable service levels in VMware environments
      • 25. More VMware ESX servers to be consolidated per array
      • 26. Double #VMs per physical server
      Guest OS
      Guest OS
      Guest OS
      ESX Server
      Abundant,
      low-latency I/O
      Array Cache
    • 27. 3PAR Gen3 ASIC is key for superior mixed workload support
      • High speed, low latency interconnect between the controller nodes.
      • 28. Responsible for moving all data. Leaves CPUs to do what they do best - compute. Mixed workload built in.
      • 29. Mirrors writes in the HW
      • 30. RAID Calculations in the HW
      • 31. Zero Detect -Thin built-in to the HW
    • I/O Processing: Traditional Storage
      hosts
      Heavy throughput workload applied
      Disk interface
      Host interface
      Unified Processor and/or Memory
      disk
      Heavy transaction workload applied
      small IOPs wait for large IOPs to be processed
      =control information (metadata)
      =data
      I/O Processing: 3PAR Controller Node
      hosts
      Heavy throughput workload sustained
      3PAR ASIC & Memory
      Disk interface
      Host interface
      disk
      Control Processor & Memory
      Heavy transaction workload sustained
      control information and data are pathed and processed separately
      Mixed Workload: Ready for any application
    • 32. 3PAR Integration with VMware Adaptive Queue Depth Algorithm for Automated IO Queue Management
      New QoS feature in VMware vSphere 4 and ESX 3.5 U4
      • Developed by VMware in collaboration with 3PAR
      • 33. Dynamically adjusts the number of queued I/O on a LUN
      • 34. Helps recover gracefully from I/O congestion at the port level
      3PAR storage is qualified with VMware Adaptive Queue Depth
      Allows customers to consolidate more VMs per ESX server since I/O traffic levels are regulated dynamically
    • 35. Greater Scalability and Agility: Hardware Assisted Locking (ATS)
      • New feature in VMware vSphere 4.1
      • 36. Improved VM density and scalability
      Greater agility while performing common actions
      • Storage vMotion
      • 37. Powering on/off a VM
      3PAR Unique advantage
      • Data comparison operation is 10x faster
      • 38. Performed in 3PAR ASIC vs. Array controller CPU
      Benefit seen in consolidated environment and Hosted Service Providers
    • 39. Greater Agility for Enterprise and Cloud Datacenters: Fast Copy (XCOPY)
      • New feature in VMware vSphere 4.1
      Greater agility while performing common actions
      • 2x better performance with VM Cloning
      3PAR Unique advantage
      • Only written data will be cloned with EZT VMDKs
      Benefit seen in almost all VMware vSphere deployments
    • 40. Consolidate, Simplify, Save in Virtual Server Environments
      Increase Consolidation
      Simplify Administration
      Maximize Savings
      Double VM Density
      • Wide Striping
      • 41. Mixed Workload Support
      • 42. Integration w/VmwareAdaptive Queue Depth
      • 43. VAAI APIs and Plug-Ins
      Simplified Provisioning
      • Autonomic Groups
      • 44. Management Plug-In
      • 45. Recovery Manager
      • 46. Site Recovery Adapter
      Lower Storage Cost
      • Thin Provisioning
      • 47. Thin Conversion & Thin Persistence
      • 48. Adaptive Optimization
      • 49. Fast RAID Technologies
      Cut storage capacity requirements by 50%
      Spend 90% less time managing storage.
      Buy 50% fewer physical servers
    • 50. Complexity of Traditional Storage
      With traditional storage, provisioning is complex, slow and labor-intensive
      Requires careful and time-intensive upfront planning
      Results in brittle configuration
      Requires many more administration resources
    • 51. Simplified Storage and Server Provisioning
      3PAR Rapid Provisioning
      Seconds to provision storage with no pre-planning
      Self-configuring and auto load-balanced storage volumes
      Labor-intensive and careful planning eliminated
      Benefits
      Minutes to provision virtual servers
      Dramatic reduction in storage administration
    • 52. Clustered environments add additional complexity to storage provisioning
      VMware clusters create new storage management challenges
      1 cluster of 5 hosts and 10 volumes, requires 50 provisioning actions on most traditional arrays!
      • At 10 min/action: More than 1 day!
      • 53. Error-prone
      VMware clusters are dynamic resources subject to growth and frequent change
    • 54. 3PAR Autonomic Groups eliminates repetitive error-prone tasks
      3PAR Autonomic Groups
      • Simplifies and automates volume provisioning in a single command
      Exports a group of volumes to a host or cluster of hosts
      • Automatically preserve same LUN ID for each volume across hosts
      When a new host is added into the host group:
      • All volumes are autonomically exported to the new host
      When a new volume is added into the volume group:
      • New volume is autonomically exported to all hosts in the host group
    • Performance without complexity: SPC-1
      Utility
      3PAR InServ T800 Sep 2008
      142 TSC configuration
      commands
      High End
      HDS USPV
      Oct 2007
      12,800
      IBM DS8300 Turbo
      Dec 2006
      SPC-1 IOPS
      3PAR InServ F400
      Mar 2009
      474
      HDS AMS 2500
      Mar 2009
      NetApp FAS3170June 2008
      IBM DS5300
      Sep 2008
      Mid Range
      EMC CLARiiON
      CX3-40
      Jan 2008
      SPC-1™ TSC Configuration Command Lines per ASU TB
    • 55. Traditional data protection approaches unable to keep up with requirements of Virtual Server Environments
      How to protect efficiently and non-disruptively?
      Rapid recovery of a single file
      Rapid recovery of full Virtual Machine
      Rapid recovery of VMFS
      Share copy of production Virtual Machines for test & development
      Agent-based solutions disruptive and limit Recovery Point SLAs
      Poor performance
      Unable to provide rapid and multiple recovery points
      Complex to setup and monitor
    • 56. 3PAR Recovery Manager for VMware: Array-based Snapshots for Rapid Online Recovery
      Solution composed of
      3PAR Recovery Manager for VMware
      3PAR Virtual Copy
      VMware vCenter
      Use Cases
      Expedite provisioning of new virtual machines from VM copies
      Snapshot copies for testing and development
      Benefits
      Hundreds of VM snapshots granular, rapid online recovery
      • Reservation-less, non-duplicative without agents
      vCenter integration – superior ease of use
      VM 1
      VM 2
      Virtual Center
      With 3PAR Plug-In
      DataStore A
      DataStore B
      Volume A
      Volume B
      Snapshot
      3PAR InServ
    • 57. 3PAR Management Plug-In for vCenter provides enhanced visibility into Storage Resources
      Improved Visibility
      VM-to-Datastore-to-LUN mapping
      Storage Properties
      View LUN propertiesincluding Thin vs Fat
      See capacity utilized
      Integration with 3PAR Recovery Manager
      Seamless rapid online recovery
      Native VMware Interface
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    • 58. vCenter Integration
      3PAR Volume Information
      Capacity Utilization & Savings
      Detailed volume attributes
    • 59. Recovery Manager tab
      VMFS Snapshot
      VMDK Snapshot
      Mount backup VMDK on new VM
    • 60. Consolidate, Simplify, Save in Virtual Server Environments
      Increase Consolidation
      Simplify Administration
      Maximize Savings
      Double VM Density
      • Wide Striping
      • 61. Mixed Workload Support
      • 62. Integration w/VmwareAdaptive Queue Depth
      • 63. VAAI APIs and Plug-Ins
      Simplified Provisioning
      • Autonomic Groups
      • 64. Management Plug-In
      • 65. Recovery Manager
      • 66. Site Recovery Adapter
      Lower Storage Cost
      • Thin Provisioning
      • 67. Thin Conversion & Thin Persistence
      • 68. Adaptive Optimization
      • 69. Fast RAID Technologies
      Cut storage capacity requirements by 50%
      Spend 90% less time managing storage.
      Buy 50% fewer physical servers
    • 70. Scalability without high cost: SPC-1
      Utility
      HDS USP V
      Oct 2007
      3PAR InServ T800Sep 2008
      High End
      SPC-1 IOPS™
      3PAR InServ F400
      Mar 2009
      IBM DS8300 Turbo
      Dec 2006
      MidRange
      HDS AMS 2500
      Mar 2009
      EMC CLARiiON CX3-40
      Jan 2008
      IBM DS5300
      Sep 2008
      NetApp FAS3170Jun 2008
      $ / SPC-1 IOPS™
    • 71. Performance without waste: SPC-1
      Relative ASU Capacity (TB)
      Utility
      83%
      disk
      utilization
      3PAR InServ T800 Sep 2008
      HDS USP V
      Oct 2007
      34%
      High End
      SPC-1 IOPS™
      3PAR InServ F400
      Mar 2009
      HDS AMS 2500
      Mar 2009
      32%
      96%
      IBM DS8300 Turbo
      Dec 2006
      Mid Range
      IBM DS5300
      Sep 2008
      EMC CLARiiON
      CX3-40
      Jan 2008
      NetApp FAS3170June 2008
      $ / SPC-1 ASU TB
    • 72. 3PAR Thin Provisioning 1.0
      Volume
      Volume
      Volume
      Volume
      Volume
      Volume
      Volume
      Written Data
      Written Data
      Written Data
      Written Data
      Written Data
      2 TB
      2 TB
      Written Data
      Written Data
      Chunklets
      Traditional (Fat) Provisioning
      - dedicate on allocation
      3PAR Thin Provisioning
      - dedicate on write
      Purchased Physical Capacity
    • 73. Thin Technologies 2.0
      Start Thin
      Get Thin
      Stay Thin
      Thin Provisioning:
      • No pool management or reservations
      • 74. No professional services
      • 75. Granular allocation units
      • 76. Variable QoS for snapshots
      Thin Conversion:
      • Eliminate the time & complexity of getting thin
      • 77. Open migration for any array to 3PAR
      • 78. Service levels preserved during inline conversion
      Thin Persistence:
      • Reclaim deleted space
      • 79. Automated reclamation for 3PAR offered by Symantec, Oracle
      • 80. Snapshots and Remote Copies stay thin
    • 3PAR Thin Persistence in VMware Environments – Highest performance without capacity tradeoffs
      VMware recommends EZT for highest performance
      VMware requires EZT for Fault Tolerance & MSCS Clusters
      3PAR Thin Technologies works with and optimizes all three formats
      EZT on other arrays
      EZT on 3PAR
      Data
      Data
      3PAR Zero Detect + Thin Persistence Eliminates EZT 0’s
      0000000000000000000000000000
      000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
      20 GB VMDK(4 GB Data, 16GB Zeros) consume 4 GB capacity
      20 GB VMDK (4 GB Data, 16GB Zeros) consume 20GB capacity
    • 81. Increased Performance and Efficiency: Bulk Zero (WRITE_SAME)
      New feature in VMware vSphere 4.1
      Minimize performance impact on VMware vSphere hosts
      • Offload zeroing by host of unallocated blocks
      3PAR Unique advantage
      • Offload zeroing by the 3PAR array with 3PAR Gen 3 ASIC
      • 82. Better Performance
      • 83. No capacity consumed
      • 84. Instantaneous un-mapping (reclamation)
      Benefit seen in all VMware vSphere deployments
      WRITE_SAME Offload zeroing to Storage
      000000000000000
      000000000000000
    • 85. Autonomic Storage Tiering
      3PAR Adaptive Optimization optimizes storage cost
      • Sub-volume optimization software allows striping of data across storage tiers to lower cost
      • 86. VMware environments can take advantage of this capability with no additional configuration or tuning
      • 87. Cost optimization occurs autonomically via defined policies in the storage array
      FC-Only Array
      SSD/SATA Array
      + Adaptive Optimization
      Save ~30% on$/IOPS and $/GB
      24 x 50GB SSD
      320 x 300GB 15K FC
      320 x 300GB 15K FC
      Cost ($)
      96 x 1TB SATAwith AO
      96 TBs
      96 TBs
      IOPS
      64,000
      64,000
      $0.68X
      $1X
      $/IOPS
      $0.67X
      $1X
      $/GB
    • 88. Adaptive Optimization: automatic tiering & savings
      Dynamic Optimization
      Adaptive Optimization (AO)
      AO with SATA & SSD
      Tier 0SSD
      Tier 1Fibre Channel
      Tier 2
      Nearline (Enterprise SATA)
      AutonomicTiering andData Movement
      AutonomicDataMovement
      Save ~30% on$/IOPS and $/GBvs. Fibre Channel
      - Region
    • 89. Consolidate, Simplify, Save in Virtual Server Environments
      Increase Consolidation
      Simplify Administration
      Maximize Savings
      Double VM Density
      • Wide Striping
      • 90. Mixed Workload Support
      • 91. Integration w/VmwareAdaptive Queue Depth
      • 92. VAAI APIs and Plug-Ins
      Simplified Provisioning
      • Autonomic Groups
      • 93. Management Plug-In
      • 94. Recovery Manager
      • 95. Site Recovery Adapter
      Lower Storage Cost
      • Thin Provisioning
      • 96. Thin Conversion & Thin Persistence
      • 97. Adaptive Optimization
      • 98. Fast RAID Technologies
      Cut storage capacity requirements by 50%
      Spend 90% less time managing storage.
      Buy 50% fewer physical servers
    • 99. Thank You
      Please visit our stand for
      questions and a demonstration

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