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Flash Ahead: IBM Flash System Selling Point

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  • 1. IBM System Storage Flash Ahead: IBM Flash System Selling Point Steven Gerald C.T – Channel Account Manager 1 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  • 2. The Goals (What if you could…) • Radically accelerate your most critical applications and stop getting crushed at peak usage? • Do it quickly with the lowest risk? • Co-exist with, and return performance and value to your existing disk array? • Derive business value from your big data in real or near real time (Meaningful, timely analytics)? • Not have to risk critical production stability on early stage products and companies? 2 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  • 3. Why Flash? • Why Flash System ? Hint: latency, simplicity and reliability 3 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  • 4. A Tipping Point in Systems 1 second = 1 million microseconds IBM FlashSystem 100 microseconds …consistent latency 1U up to 20TB < 1 millisecond PCIe SSD Form Factor SSD Tape HDD ~1 milliseconds 5-15 milliseconds Seconds 4 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  • 5. Where FlashSystem Makes Sense – Wherever Time Matters! Where to use the World’s fastest storage… Business Benefits  Radically accelerate your most critical applications – Do more, do it faster! OLTP Databases (DB2/Oracle) Financial, gaming, real-time billing, trading, real-time monitoring, query acceleration  Derive business value from your big data in near real time Analytical applications (OLAP) Business intelligence, batch processing, ERP, reporting, massive data feeds Financial Benefits  Flash maximizes CPU efficiency, greatly reducing application and database licensing costs by reducing the need for more cores Virtual Infrastructures VDI, consolidated virtual infrastructures, user profiles  Return your existing disk arrays to peak performance and increase their value by off loading critical high performance apps to Flash  Huge reduction in space/power/HVAC over disk HPC/Computational Applications Simulation, modeling, rendering, FS metadata, scratch space, video on demand, thread efficiency Cloud-Scale Infrastructures On-demand computing, content distribution, web, caching, metadata, GPFS, active file management Flash is 10x faster than internal SSD’s MICROseconds, not MILLIseconds. Huge reduction in latency. 5 Version 1.0 FlashSystems – Best of Breed  19 generations of the World’s fastest technology  Over 33 years of quality craftsmanship  Patented Variable Stripe RAID  Hardware only data path – extreme performance IBM Confidential © 2013 IBM Corporation
  • 6. Flash System Family Offer FlashSystem External, shared, Flash arrays! FlashSystem 710 / 810 FlashSystem 720 / 820 6 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  • 7. Table IBM Flash System By Number Form Factor Size Model Adopted Technology Capacity RAID Support IOPS Performance Read Write 7 Rack 1U 820 eMLC 10 TB , 20 TB 0,5 Rack 1U 720 SLC 5 TB , 10 TB 0,5 Rack 1U 810 eMLC 10.3 TB 0 Rack 1U 710 SLC 5.2 TB 0 525K 280K 525K 400K 550K 400K 570K 400K © 2013 IBM Corporation
  • 8. IBM FlashSystem 720 / FlashSystem 820 Architecture Two Dual-Ported 8 Gb/s FC or 40 Gb/s QDR IB Interfaces Redundant Management Control Processors Redundant Power Supplies N+1 batteries Redundant RAID controllers 1U Chassis 12 Flash Modules (10+1+1) Redundant Fans 8 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  • 9. Flash Storage Vs SSD SSD is NOT Flash Storage  Flash inside a Disk Enclosure  Technology designed for Disk, not Flash  Data protection outside SSD  Data Path handled by OS/Controllers outside SSD  Performance is reduced and marginal Common in hybrid arrays Focus is to maintain functionality and consolidation Focus on Tiering and Data Movement SSD competes with all other disks’ for resources When performance matters (which is ALWAYS), SSD is not the best 9 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  • 10. Flash System Selling Point • Speed, speed, speed • Simplicity • Complementary 10 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  • 11. Questions? Steven Gerald C.T steven.christian@bluepowertechnology.com Channel Account Manager 11 © 2013 IBM Corporation