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Cisco Hyperflex Systems

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Presentation given at Charleston Tech Day 2016 on Cisco Hyperflex.

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Cisco Hyperflex Systems

  1. 1. 1© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Cisco HyperFlex Systems HX-Series
  2. 2. 2© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Powered by UCS Platform
  3. 3. 3© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Mainstream Computing Scale Out Storage Density Optimized UCS C3160 and C3260 Fourth Generation UCS Cisco UCS: Platform for All Architectures HyperFlex Systems Hyperconverged Infrastructure Converged Infrastructure Core Data CenterEdge Cloud Single Infrastructure Management Model UCS Mini UCS Management UCS Director Enterprise Cloud Suite
  4. 4. 4© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Cisco HyperFlex and UCS Running Non-HyperFlex Workloads In The Same UCS Domain Cisco UCS Domain HyperFlex Cluster + Non-HX UCS Systems Fully Supported Configuration with HX 1.8 UCS Firmware Must Remain at Minimum Supported Version for HX, or Higher Useful for Running UCS General Purpose Workloads Alongside a Separate HyperFlex Cluster Within the Same UCS Domain Example: HX Cluster + C3260 Servers as a Backup Solution
  5. 5. 5© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Cisco HyperFlex and External Storage Connecting HyperFlex Domains To External Storage Arrays Fully Supported Configuration with HX 1.8 and Storage Arrays on the Cisco HCL UCS Firmware Must Remain at Minimum Supported Version for HX, or Higher Useful for VM Migrations, RDMs, Backups and Other Applications Examples: VM Migrations from External Arrays RDM from FC Array for Microsoft Clustering HyperFlex Domain NFS, iSCSI, FC or FCoE Direct Connect or use External Switches
  6. 6. 6© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential HX CONTROLLER HYPERVISOR/ CONTAINER Web App DB AppWeb HX CONTROLLER HYPERVISOR/ CONTAINER Web App DB AppApp HX CONTROLLER HYPERVISOR/ CONTAINER App App DB WebWeb EPG EPG EPG EPGEPG EPG EPG EPG EPG EPG EPG EPGEPGEPG EPG EPGEPG EPG Web Web Web AppWeb EPG EPG EPG EPGEPG Diverse Workload Deployments at Enterprise Scale HX DATA PLATFORM Simplified Capacity Expansion Cisco HyperFlex with Cisco ACI HX CONTROLLER HYPERVISOR/ CONTAINER EPG HX DATA PLATFORM Web App App DBDB EPGEPG EPGEPGEPG EPG HX CONTROLLER HYPERVISOR/ CONTAINER Cisco HyperFlex Systems Automated, Application Centric Policy Model Flexible Application Service Policies
  7. 7. 7© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Cisco HyperFlex Configurations HX240c Cluster Capacity-heavy 3–8 Node Cluster (VSI: IT/Biz Apps, Test/Dev) Per-Node 1x1.6TB Cache SSD up to 23x1.2TB HDDs SD Card/120GB Back SSD (Boot/ Housekeeping) Hybrid Clusters Compute-heavy Hybrid (Compute Bound Apps/VDI) Up to 8 Compute Nodes Blade or Rack B200 M4, C220 M4 or C240 M4 (Supported) Local Disk, SD Card or SAN Boot 3-8 Node HX220 or HX240 Cluster HX220c Cluster Smallest Footprint 3–8 Node Cluster (VDI, ROBO) Per-Node 1x480 GB Cache SSD 6x1.2TB HDDs SD Card/120GB SSD (Boot/ Housekeeping)
  8. 8. 8© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Use Cases
  9. 9. 9© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Primary HyperFlex Use Cases •  Agile provisioning •  Frequent iterations •  Instant cloning and snapshots Test and Development •  Low upfront costs •  Consistent performance •  Predictable scaling Virtual Desktop Infrastructure •  Reduce operational complexity •  Adaptive scaling •  Always-on resiliency Server Virtualization •  Simple deployment •  Centralized management •  No “fly-and-fix” missions Large Remote Branch Office
  10. 10. 10© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Cisco HX Data Platform Overview
  11. 11. 11© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Integrated Management and Data Services Dynamic Data Distribution Continuous Data Optimization Independent Scaling of Compute and Capacity Real Innovation
  12. 12. 12© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Hyperconverged Scale Out and Distributed File System CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM HYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORMHYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORMHYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORM  Start With as Few as Three Nodes  Hyperconverged Data Platform Installs in Minutes  Add Servers, One or More at a Time  Linearly Scale Compute, Storage Performance, and Capacity  Distribute and Rebalance Data Across Servers Automatically  Retire Older Servers HYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM
  13. 13. 13© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM HYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORMHYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORMHYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORMHYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM Software Modules Inside a Server  Controller VM Has Direct Access to Drives  VAAI Plugin Offloads Snapshots and Clone Operations  IO Visor Module Presents NFS to ESX for Distributed Storage DATASTORE/VOLUME CONTROLLER VM HYPERVISOR VMVMVMVMVM HDD HDD SDD SDD IO Visor VAAI
  14. 14. 14© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Scale Compute HX Data Platform Add NodesScale Capacity Within Nodes HX Data Platform CONTROLLERHYPERVISORCONTROLLERHYPERVISOR CONTROLLERHYPERVISOR CONTROLLERHYPERVISOR IOVisorIOVisor IOVisorIOVisor IOVisorIOVisor IOVisorIOVisor VM VM VM VM Non- HyperFlex Hosts Can Connect to Storage with IOVisor VM VMVM VM VMVM VM VMVM VM VMVM Independent Scaling of Compute and Capacity IOVisor VM VM IOVisor VM VM
  15. 15. 15© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Dynamic Data Distribution •  HX Data Platform stripes data across all nodes simultaneously, leveraging cache across all SSDs for fast writes, and HDDs for capacity, via the low-latency UCS internal network •  Balanced space utilization: no data migration required following a VM migration, and no hotspots Systems Built on Conventional File Systems Write Locally, Then Replicate, Creating Performance Hotspots CONTROLLERHYPERVISORHYPERVISOR CONTROLLERHYPERVISOR CONTROLLERHYPERVISOR VM VMVM VM VMVM VM VMVM HX Data Platform VM VMVM CONTROLLERCONTROLLER
  16. 16. 16© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential HYPERVISOR …and Efficient Capacity and Network Utilization HYPERVISOR HYPERVISOR VM VM 1 2 3 VM DATASTORE CONTROLLER CONTROLLER CONTROLLER  Balanced Space Utilization  No Data Migration on VM Migration  Less Stress on Network
  17. 17. 17© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential DATASTORE DATASTORE •  Stripe blocks of a file across servers •  Replicate one or two additional copies to other servers •  Handle entire server or disk failures •  Restore back to original number of copies •  Rebalance VMs and data post replacement •  Rolling “one-click” software upgrades Non-Disruptive Operations CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM File.vmdk D1 E1A1 B1 C1B2 A2 A3C2 C3 D2D3 E2E3 D1E1 B3 B3 EDCBA
  18. 18. 18© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Continuous Data Optimization BEFORE Inline Deduplication Inline Compression No Special Hardware No Performance Impact Always On HyperFlex Log-Structured File System Yields More Efficient Data Optimization
  19. 19. 19© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential •  Pointer-based snapshots •  Space-efficient with no performance penalty vs. Vmware Redo Log Snaps •  Fast creations and deletions •  Fine-grained or coarse-grained •  VM-level or VM folder-level •  VAAI-integrated •  Quiesced and crash-consistent •  Use vCenter Snapshot Manager •  Policy-based schedules and retention Fast and Flexible Native Snapshots All This Functionality Enabled with the HX Data Platform Filesystem
  20. 20. 20© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential •  Pointer-Based Writeable Snapshots (Instantaneous Clones) •  VAAI integrated •  VM-level granularity Native VM Clones for Rapid Provisioning •  Batch creation GUI •  Apply unique names •  Use customization spec to apply IP •  Powerful tool to rapidly setup a large set of VMs using just VC (without scripting or View composer); Up to 256 clones in parallel per job •  Golden/Base VM can be a template, powered on or powered off
  21. 21. 21© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential •  Extends virtualization management seamlessly •  No switching between management consoles •  View storage alerts/alarms alongside with ESX alerts/alarms •  Command line interface for automation Management Built for Server Admin 100% vCenter-Based Management
  22. 22. 22© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential HTML5 Web UI: Tech Preview •  New Web GUI for direct management of the HX platform •  Simple and beautiful interface using HTML5 •  Manage the HX Cluster and datastores •  View Alarms, Events and Performance Charts •  View VM inventory and resource pools
  23. 23. 23© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential REST API: Tech Preview •  New RESTful API with HTTP verbs •  Enables configuration, monitoring, queries and management via an on-demand stateless protocol •  Allows for external applications to interface directly with the HX management plane •  Basis for enhanced policy driven integrations with products such as UCS Director
  24. 24. 24© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Backup and Replication
  25. 25. 25© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Veeam Backup & Replication •  Backups and restores via a Veeam proxy VM •  CBT aware, compressed and deduped backups •  Cluster to Cluster replication for disaster recovery •  Full VM, file and item level recovery •  WAN acceleration, replica traffic encryption and throttling Recover Time & Point Objectives < 15 for apps and data Fabric Interconnect LAN/SAN frontend Cisco UCS C240 or C3260 Backup Repository Backup & Replication HX Data Platform Fabric Interconnect LAN/SAN frontend
  26. 26. 26© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential Commvault Software •  Backups and restores with no agents •  End to end deduplication to reduce network traffic and space requirement •  LiveSync and DASH Copy for replication and disaster recovery •  Full VM, file and item level recovery •  Self service vWeb console for creating VMs, snapshots and backups Recover Time & Point Objectives < 15 for apps and data Fabric Interconnect LAN/SAN frontend Cisco UCS C240 or C3260 Media Agents Backup & Replication HX Data Platform Fabric Interconnect LAN/SAN frontend Cisco UCS C220 CommServe
  27. 27. Thank you.

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