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The Flash Check - What to Consider about All-Flash Storage

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As the price of solid state disks dramatically skydives and their quality has matured, all-flash storage arrays (AFA) are becoming a mainstream product. AFAs are no longer a niche product and are being widely used as primary storage for business critical applications. It is thus time to reconsider the new requirements which AFA need to meet and see how the new ETERNUS AF storage line can help to fulfill such needs.
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René Hübel
Frank Reichart

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The Flash Check - What to Consider about All-Flash Storage

  1. 1. 0 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Fujitsu Forum 2016 #FujitsuForum
  2. 2. 1 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU ETERNUS AF Storage The Flash Check – What to consider about All- Flash Storage
  3. 3. 2 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU The Flash Check Frank Reichart Senior Director Product Marketing Storage (Fujitsu) René Huebel Senior Product Marketing Manager (Fujitsu)
  4. 4. 3 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU 2016: All-flash storage becomes general purpose 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 TODAY 2018 2019 2018 2019 2021 1st generation all-flash storage: Niche deployments  High performance regardless of cost  Usage in focused areas (VDI, analytics …)  Proprietary flash modules  Limited or non-existent HA, DR, QoS  Initially only available from start-ups 2nd generation all-flash storage: The new norm  High performance at reasonable/low costs  Suitable for general purpose usage  Standardized flash media, SSDs  Full enterprise class HA, DR, QoS  Available from most storage vendors 20202017
  5. 5. 4 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Do customers trust in flash? 37% 44% 13% Strongly agree Agree Maybe Disagree Strongly disagree Unsure 81% Strongly agree or Agree 24% 52% 18% 76% Strongly agree or Agree The durability of higher end flash technology is now inherently enterprise class It’s nowadays possible to build resilient systems using commodity class flash Durability and resilience are no longer seen to be weaknesses
  6. 6. 5 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU So, will AFAs rule the universe next week? 45% 15% 26% 35% 48% 39% 16% 23% 21% 3% 11% 10% Every significant purchase will include an element of flash Every significant purchase will be based on all- flash systems Most of the storage in our data centre will be flash-based Already the case Within a year 1 to 2 years 3 to 5 years More than 5 years Never
  7. 7. 6 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Pay attention to integration – no more silos 39% 25% 33% 44% 54% 45% 13% 18% 16% Existing storage systems (e.g. SAN, NAS, etc) Existing management tools and processes Existing data protection and recovery solutions Mandatory Highly desirable Potentially useful
  8. 8. 7 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU All-flash storage drivers 43% 42% 34% 53% 41% 40% 32% 36% 42% 42% 50% 38% 52% 39% 49% 42% 12% 14% 14% 8% 7% 17% 16% 19% Improving overall quality of service / reliability Dealing with high performance application needs Helping to deal with evolving storage needs in general End-of-life replacement of existing equipment General future-proofing of the infrastructure Reducing space for storage equipment Reducing overall power consumption Reducing admin overhead and optimising TCO Yes Partially No Unsure SERVICE MANAGEMENT KEEPING THINGS CURRENT DRIVING EFFICIENCY
  9. 9. 8 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Now suitable for a wider range of applications 26% 24% 23% 23% 33% 27% 25% 21% 20% 35% 37% 36% 44% 35% 33% 39% 44% 35% 24% 27% 26% 22% 23% 25% 22% 20% 29% 8% 9% 9% 9% 6% 10% 10% 10% 12% Big data and analytics / OLAP Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) On premise private cloud environments High performance computing (e.g. HPC applications) High performance OLTP applications File storage and management Email, collaboration and workflow Virtual server environments Other ‘everyday’ application needs 5=Excellent fit 4 3 2 1=Not suitable at all Not relevant Unsure EMERGING / SPECIALIST WORKLOADS TRADITIONAL / CORE WORKLOADS
  10. 10. 9 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU ETERNUS AF – Under the hood 1 Maximum raw capacity depends on available SSD types | 2 Based on deduplication/compression factor of five | 3 Part of our release plan / early 2017 ETERNUS AF650ETERNUS AF250 CPU Max system memory Number of drives Max capacity1 Interface 6 cores, 2.0 GHz 10 cores, 3.0 GHz 64 GB 256 GB 2 – 24 2 – 96 192 TB raw 960 TB effective2 768 TB raw 3,840 TB effective2 8 × FC 16G/ 8 × iSCSI 10 G 32 × FC 16 G/ 16 × iSCSI 10 G SSD type 3.84 TB, 1.92 TB, 960 GB, 400 GB, 1.92 TB SED, TLC3: 8 TB
  11. 11. 10 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Customer voices Satisfying performance demands Since we implemented the ETERNUS flash system, our dream of real-time computing has become a reality. Our response times now range from 0.1 to 1 millisecond. Robert Gallinat, CIO GKL Marketing-Marktforschung GmbH & Co. KG Providing business continuity Automatic failover has enabled us to fulfill one of our board’s central business continuity management requirements. Christian Jaeger, IT Manager ARA Assistance Automating storage operations The ETERNUS has never required any additional effort, either during migration or now that it is up and running. Joerg Luenser, System Administrator KIND Hoergeraete GmbH & Co. KG
  12. 12. 11 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU ETERNUS AF addresses the key requirements Flash now Boost with Flash Accelerate the business Increase productivity Create a competitive edge Trust with Flash Eliminate business risks Provide continual access Preserve reputation/trust Optimize with Flash Automate administration Enable green IT Maximize TCO results
  13. 13. 12 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Boost: Top performance even under full load Latest CPU - Multicore - Multithreads System Memory 256 GB SAS-3 (12Gbit/s) Drive interface 32x 16G Fibre Channel Technologies supporting world-class performance Bottlenecks Random I/O performance Up to 760,000 IOPS (Block size: 4KB) Sequential I/O performance Up-to 21GB/s (Block size: 128KB) Latency Lower than 0.3ms (Block size: 4KB) SAS-3 (12Gbit/s) SSD
  14. 14. 13 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Trust: Full disaster resilience Non-stop operations Transparent failover Automated/Manual Transparent system failover Replication and mirroring of business-critical data ETERNUS Storage Cluster removes risk All-Flash to All-Flash – all models All Flash to Disk / Hybrid Storage
  15. 15. 14 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Optimized: Flexible dedupe and compression No extra license costs Flexible configuration options Decide on application SLA (volume basis) whether to use or not Needs five times less SSD capacity1 Boosting effective capacity of AF250 to 960 TB2 Boosting effective capacity of AF650 to 3,840 TB2 ETERNUS AF provides Inline deduplication / compression Deduplication 1 Heavily dependent on use case | 2 Calculation based on deduplication / compression factor of five Reduces cost for flash & Increases life span for flash
  16. 16. 15 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Optimized: Automated Quality of Service High Middle Low Business server Business server Business server I/O bandwidth I/O bandwidth I/O bandwidth Delivers Guaranteed Service Levels Automates monitoring & adjustment Prioritizes per application Automated Quality of Services Minimizes administrative efforts
  17. 17. 16 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Optimized: A clever combination Non-Dedup Volume Dedup Volume Balances performance & cost Pool #1 Pool #2 Auto QoS ensures business priorities Dedupe & Compression reduces capacity Guaranteed response time Capacity- optimized Flexible configuration is a must Auto Quality of Service Switch it on to optimize capacity on volumes Keep it off to meet performance SLAs Guarantees response times for every application Keeps ‘noisy neighbors’ under control
  18. 18. 17 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Optimized: Full management integration ETERNUS SF Storage Management DX60 S3 DX100 S3 DX200 S3 DX500 S3 DX600 S3 AF250 AF650 DX8700 S3 DX8900 S3 ETERNUS AF All-Flash Arrays ETERNUS DX Hybrid Storage Arrays
  19. 19. 18 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU Case Study – ETERNUS AF in the public sector The Customer  A municipal waterworks department in Japan  Mission: providing of clean water in its region The IT Challenges  Ensure high storage response time for VMware  Make IT disaster-proof against of earthquakes Why the customer decided for ETERNUS AF  Leading response time  Flexible use of deduplication  Disaster recovery capability with long distance replication all-flash storage to disk storage primary site ETERNUS AF650 All-Flash storage ETERNUS DX500 S3 Disk storage system WAN secondary site
  20. 20. 19 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU ETERNUS AF: Differentiators1 Competitors’ All-Flash Arrays Fujitsu ETERNUS AF Focus on IOPS messages Leads in response time Isolated system management Fully integrated in ETERNUS DX hybrid storage line No or very poor Disaster Recovery capabilities Full Disaster Recovery with mirroring, replication and transparent failover Always on dedup slows performance in areas where deduplication is not beneficial Flexible use of deduplication and compression where it makes sense Data performance used at random by applications Automated Quality of Service management 1 Not all differentiators apply to all comparable systems
  21. 21. 20 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU There is one more thing Starting at €29000 All-inclusive software licensing  Managing multiple systems from one console  Snapshots, replication, mirroring  Deduplication/ compression  Automated Quality of Service management Product Launch promotion  12 SSDs for the price of 10 GO MAX – GO FLASH – GO ETERNUS
  22. 22. 22 Copyright 2016 FUJITSU

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