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Leveraging Virtual I/O to Scale your vSphere Deployment

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  1. 1. Virtensys, Inc.<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />Leveraging Virtual I/O to Scale your vSphere Deployment<br />
  2. 2. Who is Virtensys?<br />Company information:<br />Founded in 2006 <br />Headcount total ~55 employees :<br />Hardware Engineering/Component Design in Manchester, UK<br />Software Engineering/Systems Group in Beaverton, OR<br />Company value:<br />Patented switching technology acquired through spinout from Xyratex, value of ~$50M <br />Including an extensive IP portfolio: 25 patents (half granted/half pending)<br />OEM Relationship with NEC Corporation for a “blade” version of the VIO product family, shipping over 170 units per quarter<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />2<br />
  3. 3. What’s our focus?<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />3<br />
  4. 4. Virtensys’ Focus<br />Simplifying the way server administrators provision I/O connectivity to a “standard”rack mount based server making it – <br />easy, efficient and affordable<br />Turning rack mount servers into “blades”,where the rack become the “blade chassis”<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />4<br />
  5. 5. Challenges Facing Today’s IT<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />Cause:<br /><ul><li>Overwhelming complexity
  6. 6. Reliance on brittle infrastructure</li></ul>Typical Effects:<br /><ul><li>Over 70% of IT budgets just “maintaining” status quo
  7. 7. Less than 30% of IT budgets go to innovation and competitive advantage</li></ul>Where IT Money Goes<br />5%Infrastructure Investment<br />23%Application Investment<br />42%Infrastructure Maintenance<br />30%Application Maintenance<br />Business Agility Depends on IT Agility <br />Source: VMware Fortune 100 Customers<br />5<br />
  8. 8. IT Cost/Efficiency Drivers?<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />Which of these best describes how much time the IT department spends on routine tasks vs. strategic initiatives (i.e. delivering new capabilities that enablebusiness growth)?<br />89% of IT Departments spend at least half of their time on“Routine Tasks”<br />…and 57% spend over 70%<br />Typical tasks include:<br /><ul><li>Physical cabling servers
  9. 9. Installing I/O adapters
  10. 10. Switch port configuration
  11. 11. HBA firmware updates</li></ul>N = 300<br />Source: VMware / Bredin Business Information, Inc., 12/09<br />6<br />
  12. 12. I/O Virtualization (IOV)?<br />Physical adapter appears as a virtual adapter:<br />NIC ► vNICs<br />HBA ►vHBAs <br />Disk ►vDisks<br />vNICs/vHBAs function as conventional I/O adapters:<br />Compatible with existing operating systems, hypervisors, and applications<br />Appear as physical cards to the network layer (LAN/SAN)<br />I/O Virtualization (IOV) is used to:<br />Dramatically improve IT’s server operational agility<br />Simplify server management<br />Reduce server connectivity/peripheral TCO<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />Create virtual I/Oin servers<br />7<br />
  13. 13. Business as usual…<br />How is I/O connectivity managed in the typical data center?<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />8<br />
  14. 14. Corporate Network<br />LAN / WAN/ SAN<br />Access Switches<br />Typical Traditional Deployment:<br /><ul><li>Multiple I/O adapters / servers
  15. 15. Multiple network and storage cables per server
  16. 16. Multiple network and storage switches per rack
  17. 17. Multiple points of physical & logical management/maintenance </li></ul>Traditional Deployment<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />9<br />
  18. 18. Raising the bar…<br />How will we manage I/O connectivity in the future? Improving and moving beyond “business as usual”…<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />10<br />
  19. 19. Corporate Network<br />LAN / WAN / SAN<br />IOV Appliance<br />Virtensys IOV Appliance Deployment Process:<br /><ul><li>Physical traditional I/O adapters are removed
  20. 20. A fewer number of high powered interfaces are virtualized within the Virtensys IOV Appliance
  21. 21. A simple, low power, low profile PCIe extender card is inserted into the servers
  22. 22. A PCI extension cable connects the server to the appliance, allowing you to “Wire Once” for all future 10 GbE & FC ports (provides a typical 4:1 cable consolidation and at least a 2:1 card reduction)
  23. 23. Access the Virtensys Management Consoleto create/present hardware-virtualized I/O (vNICs, vHBAs), appear to servers as local PCIe interfaces</li></ul>Virtensys: I/O Virtualization – In action<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />11<br />
  24. 24. © Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />Virtualized I/O: Non-disruptive to servers and OS<br />Wired once– Provisioned at will<br />Virtualize and share I/O adapters across all servers<br />Server-native PCIe Links<br />Re-provision virtual I/O<br />resources across<br />servers – on demand<br />Utilize existing Ethernet and FC connections<br />Corporate Network<br />LAN / WAN/ SAN<br />IOV Appliance<br />Virtual I/O emulates physical adapter – No changes to servers or networks<br />Virtensys: I/O Virtualization – In action<br />12<br />
  25. 25. VIO-4000 Series Architecture<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />13<br />1-16 servers<br />Industry standard I/O adapters:<br /><ul><li>Fibre Channel HBA 2/4/8 Gb
  26. 26. 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  27. 27. SAS/SATA Disk adapters
  28. 28. Creates identical Virtualized I/O adapters in servers – no SW driver, server, I/O adapter modification required </li></ul>FC HBA<br />10 GbE NIC<br />SAS/SATA<br />Supports Industry standard servers:<br /><ul><li>Up to 16 connections per appliance
  29. 29. PCIe cable connect
  30. 30. PCIe Gen 2</li></ul>Selection of I/O adapters<br />
  31. 31. What’s under the hood?<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />Front Panel<br />LAN / SAN connectivity:<br />4 to 8 ports 10 GbE (SFP+)<br />4 ports 8 Gb Fibre Channel<br />Supports standard & virtualized O/S’s:<br />Windows, Linux, VMware<br />Manageability:<br />SNMP/CIM/IPMI<br />LAN mgmt port<br />Top / Inside View<br />Redundantfans<br />Virtensys VIO proxy engines<br />16 server ports<br />4 ports 10 GbitEthernet<br />4 ports 8Gb Fibre Channel<br />RedundantPSU and fans<br />Management<br />port<br />Rear Panel<br />14<br />
  32. 32. How do you connect servers to the VIO-4000?<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />15<br />
  33. 33. What does a vNIC or vHBA look like?<br />Virtensys allows admins to leverage the native I/O adapter drivers within the OS/Hypervisor<br />Standard hardware virtualized adapters<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />16<br />
  34. 34. How do I add a vHBA?<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />17<br />
  35. 35. Pairing a virtual adapter<br />Virtensys virtualizes a physical “off the shelf” QLogic 8 Gb HBA<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />18<br />
  36. 36. Specify a “Friendly Name”<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />19<br />
  37. 37. Confirm changes…<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />20<br />
  38. 38. Server to vHBA relationship<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />21<br />
  39. 39. “Physical to virtual” mapping<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />22<br />
  40. 40. What does the switch fabric see?<br />Physical interface from the HBA within the Virtensys VIO-4001 & the associated virtual WWNs (NPIV)<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />23<br />
  41. 41. Interfaces available to vSphere<br />vSphere sees a dual port QLogic 8 Gb FC HBA <br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />24<br />
  42. 42. Why do customers deploy Virtensys?<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />25<br />
  43. 43. Problem: Not Enough Network…<br />As VMware admins drive up the utilization of physical server, by increasing VM density, a given virtualized application’s I/O requirements/needs become more evident.<br />The classic approach has been to add multiple 1 Gigabit Ethernet NICs, causing additional management complexity, cabling issues and problems with not enough PCI slots to meet the I/O needs of the application.<br />1GigE pNICs<br />iSCSI<br />FT<br />vMotion<br />NFS<br />TCP/IP<br />vSwitch<br />1GigE<br /><ul><li>NICs dedicated for some traffic types e.g. vMotion, IP Storage
  44. 44. Bandwidth assured by dedicated physical NICs</li></ul>© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />26<br />
  45. 45. Solution: Virtualized I/O for vSphere<br />Virtualized 10 GigE vNICs<br />With Virtensys -- a vSphere host can have access to greater amounts of bandwidth, with fewer cable/complexity, added non-disruptively -- with dedicated and reserved resource allocated per vNIC.<br />Additional 10 GbE interfaces can be added effortlessly and leveraged for IP storage traffic, busy vMotion networks, Fault Tolerance (FT) logging and “mission critical” application traffic.<br />iSCSI<br />FT<br />vMotion<br />NFS<br />TCP/IP<br />vSwitch<br />10 GigE<br />Traffic types compete. Who gets what share of the vmnic?<br /><ul><li>Traffic now converged over two virtualized 10 GbE vNICs
  46. 46. Bandwidth control can be applied to guarantee resources for a given vNIC</li></ul>© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />27<br />
  47. 47. Customer Reference: Synopsys®<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br /><ul><li>Company: Synopsys
  48. 48. Industry/Vertical: Manufacturing
  49. 49. Description: Synopsys is a world leader in Electronic Design Automation (EDA)
  50. 50. Headquartered: Mountain View, California, and has more than 60 offices located throughout the world</li></ul>“Virtensys I/O virtualization systems show good capabilities as we upgrade our infrastructure” HasmukhRanjan, VP of IT for Synopsys<br />“We were impressed to see that deploying the VIO-4001 did not require any changes to our existing environment.”<br />28<br />
  51. 51. Award-Winning VIO-4000 Series<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />VIO-4001<br />Ethernet and FC I/O Virtualization:<br />10Gbit Ethernet (10GbE) – up to 4 ports<br />8Gbit Fibre Channel (FC) – up to 4 ports<br />VIO-4004<br />Ethernet I/O Virtualization:<br />10Gbit Ethernet (10GbE) – up to 8 ports<br />VIO-4008<br />10GbE and virtualized DirectAttached Storage (vDAS):<br />Through 6Gbit SAS/SATA RAID controllers <br />29<br />
  52. 52. Virtensys Management Console<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />Wire once, provision at will:<br />Create & assign virtual adapters from standard physical adapters, assign network and storage adapters to servers<br />Dynamically allocate bandwidth to virtual adapters<br />Create LUNs from consolidated disks and assign to connected servers <br />View virtual to physical relationships for virtual I/O connectivity<br />Integrates seamlessly with standard data center management interfaces:<br />Scriptable command line interface for automation<br />SNMP support for data center integration<br />Health monitoring:<br />IPMI for active system health monitoring <br />SNMP traps & alerts, events for monitored components<br />30<br />
  53. 53. Virtensys and VM Plugin Demo<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />31<br />
  54. 54. Why Deploy VIO-4000 I/O Appliances<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />Virtualizes a server’s I/O:<br />Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and DAS (direct attached storage)<br />No changes needed:<br />…to I/O adapters, servers, O/S’s, applications, device drivers or networks<br />Non-disruptive:<br />No new network/fabric in the data center<br />Uses server-native PCIe interconnect<br />Preserve previous investments in people, process and technology<br />VIO-4001/4004<br />VIO-4008<br />32<br />
  55. 55. Summary<br />Business is demanding greater IT Agility<br />Server and storage virtualization are part of the solution, but not the whole solution<br />I/O Virtualization breaks the barriers of static server I/O configuration/provisioning<br />Virtensys’ PCIe I/O Virtualization products are the simplest way to deliver IOV and the IT Agility businesses demand<br />© Copyright 2005-2011 - Virtensys Proprietary and Confidential <br />Come see ___________ <br />@ Booth # 1023<br />33<br />

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