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In this presentation (originally presented to vExperts on March 31, 2015), you will learn about SolidFire’s technology preview showcasing integration with Rawlinson Rivera’s VMware’s vRealize Automation (vRA) project. As an automation solution for VMware, vRA provides a service catalog of application blueprints to build, move, add, and change application infrastructure resources. Enterprise organizations benefit from reduced administrative duties to service the needs of applications running in a Software Defined Data Center.

This tech preview will showcase application service catalog building of software defined infrastructure through VMware’s vSphere 6, vRA, and SolidFire’s all-flash scale-out storage system. You’ll see a database and other applications being built from a template that allows you to select from exposed SolidFire capabilities, such as Quality of Service, encryption, and even Site Recovery Manager (SRM) protection.

In this presentation (originally presented to vExperts on March 31, 2015), you will learn about SolidFire’s technology preview showcasing integration with Rawlinson Rivera’s VMware’s vRealize Automation (vRA) project. As an automation solution for VMware, vRA provides a service catalog of application blueprints to build, move, add, and change application infrastructure resources. Enterprise organizations benefit from reduced administrative duties to service the needs of applications running in a Software Defined Data Center.

This tech preview will showcase application service catalog building of software defined infrastructure through VMware’s vSphere 6, vRA, and SolidFire’s all-flash scale-out storage system. You’ll see a database and other applications being built from a template that allows you to select from exposed SolidFire capabilities, such as Quality of Service, encryption, and even Site Recovery Manager (SRM) protection.

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vRealize Storage Automation and SolidFire

  1. 1. Hello vExperts #FueledbySF
  2. 2. vRealize Automation and SolidFire March 31, 2015 Josh Atwell | Cloud Architect, SolidFire Rawlinson Rivera | Principal Architect, VMware Keith Norbie | Sr. Business Development Mgr, SolidFire
  3. 3. Introductions Josh Atwell Cloud Architect @josh_atwell SolidFire Keith Norbie Sr. BDM @keithnorbie SolidFire Rawlinson Rivera Principal Architect @punchingclouds VMware
  4. 4. Agenda •  IT Consumers and Storage - Problems, Problems, Problems •  VMware Enabling Technologies - SPBM + VASA + vRealize Orchestration + vRealize Automation •  SolidFire Overview •  Tech Preview/Demo - vRealize Automation and SolidFire •  Deep Dive into Integration •  Futures - VVOLs, vRO plug-in, and what’s next! •  Q & A
  5. 5. IT Consumers and Storage Problems, Problems, Problems
  6. 6. Consumers Currently Receive ●  Storage policies tied to static capabilities ●  No guarantees of performance requirements ●  Risks of other tenants impacting consumer apps ●  All virtual disks treated the same ●  Operating cost often tied to highest performing disk in VM Silos& ✖  Sta$c&classes&of&service& ✖  Rigid&provisioning& ✖  Lack&of&granular&control& ✖  Frequent&data&migra$ons&
  7. 7. Consumers Want More ●  Granular control than precious metal policies ●  Storage options that matches their needs ●  Storage options that matches their budgets ●  Opportunities to reduce operating costs ●  Faster application of changes ●  Faster adoption of new features/capabilities Consolida+on& Dynamic classes of service Flexible provisioning Complete control Limited data migrations
  8. 8. Not All Virtual Disks are Equal ●  Performance requirements vary between virtual disks ●  Separating performance from capacity is critical for agility ●  I/O characteristics for application tend to create problems for other virtual disks ●  Data protection requirements can vary per disk Granular&Control& OS Basic Performance QoS Profile Min: 100 Max: 500 Burst: 1000 QoS Profile Min: 1000 Max: 2000 Burst: 4000 QoS Profile Min: 4,000 Max: 8,000 Burst: 10,000 App Higher Performance Data/DB Specific Performance
  9. 9. Granular Control The Full Evolution Silos ✖  Static classes of service ✖  Rigid provisioning ✖  Lack of granular control ✖  Frequent data migrations Consolidation Dynamic classes of service Flexible provisioning Complete control Limited data migrations OS Basic Performance QoS Profile Min: 100 Max: 500 Burst: 1000 QoS Profile Min: 1000 Max: 2000 Burst: 4000 QoS Profile Min: 4,000 Max: 8,000 Burst: 10,000 App Higher Performance Data/DB Specific Performance
  10. 10. Enabling Technologies SPBM | VASA | vSphere tags vRealize Orchestrator | vRealize Automation
  11. 11. Storage Capabilities and VM Storage Policies •  Storage Capabilities – are array based features and data services specifications that capture storage requirements that can be satisfied by a storage arrays advertised as capabilities. •  Storage capabilities define what an array can offer to storage containers as opposed to what the VM requires. •  Arrays Storage Capabilities are advertised to vSphere through the Vendor Provider and VASA APIs •  In vSphere Storage Capabilities are consumed via VM Storage Policy constructs. •  VM Storage Policies is a component of the vSphere Storage Policy-based management framework (SPBM) SPBM& &object& manager& virtual&disk& Datastore&Profile& VM&Storage&Policy& vSphere&VM&Storage&Policy&Management&Framework& Storage&Capabili+es&for&Storage&Array& Access& Capacity& Published Capabilities Snapshot& Replica$on& Deduplica$on& QoS& Virtual&Datastore&
  12. 12. Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) VM Policies
  13. 13. Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) Granular&Control& OS& Basic& Performance& QoS Profile Min: 1000 Max: 2000 Burst: 5000 QoS Profile Min: 3000 Max: 5000 Burst: 10000 QoS Profile Min: 3000 Max: 8000 Burst: 15000 App& Higher& Performance& Data/DB& Specific& Performance&
  14. 14. VASA Provider •  Software component developed by Storage Array Vendors •  ESX and vCenter Server connect to VASA Provider •  Provides Storage awareness services •  Single VASA Provider can manage multiple arrays •  Supports VASA APIs exported by ESX •  VASA Provider can be implemented within the array’s management server or firmware •  Responsible for creating Virtual Volumes SAN&/&NAS& Virtual&Datastore& Data& Path&Protocol&Endpoint& PE& vSphere& Virtual&Volumes& Storage&Container& Vendor Provider (VASA) Control&& Path& Control&& Path&
  15. 15. VASA Provider Evolution Capability Profile enables SPBMv1 (Dynamic vs Tags) Block Device Storage DRS (Report Yes/No) IO Stats Events Alarms VASA v2 vSphere 6.x Non-VVOLs VASA v2 vSphere 6.x VVOLs VASA v1 vSphere 5.5 VVOLs Profile VVOLs Management SPBM v2 Unmap VMFS VVOLs
  16. 16. Management Workflow •  What do the Admins see? •  How are the storage containers setup? •  What does the vSphere Admins see? •  Why are we still creating datastores in this new model? Storage&policies& vSphere&Web& Client& Storage&Management&UI& Datastore& Storage&Container& Storage&Capabili+es& virtual&volumes& virtual&machines&
  17. 17. vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) •  Workflow engine and runbook automation tool •  Extends vRealize Automation and vCenter Server •  Plug-in architecture for VMware and 3rd party •  Enables broader integrations with tools like Puppet, ServiceNow, PowerShell, etc. •  Formerly vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) •  Available as an Appliance •  Current version - 6.2.1 •  Development kit available for extending capabilitiesVMware | What’s the difference between vRO and vRA? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLl9BzvVlLs
  18. 18. vRealize Automation (vRA) •  Self Service Catalog •  End to End consumer experience •  Blueprint management and deployment •  Formerly vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) •  Available as an Appliance •  Current version - 6.2.1 •  Development kit available for extending capabilities
  19. 19. Intro to SolidFire: All-flash storage platform for the next generation data center Scale-Out Infrastructure Agility Guaranteed Quality of Service Complete System Automation In-Line Data Reduction Self Healing High Availability
  20. 20. High performance storage systems designed for large scale infrastructure Industry Leading Quality of Service (QoS) Scale-Out Architecture •  4 – 100 nodes •  35TB – 3.4PB Usable Capacity •  200k – 7.5M Controllable IOPS Simple all inclusive pricing model Direct Tier 3 Support for every customer Industry-standard hardware •  10 GigE iSCSI, 16/8 Gb FC
  21. 21. Platform Building Blocks 2405 •  8.6TB effective capacity •  50,000 guaranteed IOPS 4805 •  17TB effective capacity •  50,000 guaranteed IOPS 9605 •  35TB effective capacity •  50,000 guaranteed IOPS 9010 •  35TB effective capacity •  75,000 guaranteed IOPS
  22. 22. Scale-Out Agility Performance Capacity 43.6 TB 250,000 IOPS 60.8 TB 350,000 IOPS 52.2 TB 300,000 IOPS 200,000 IOPS35 TB Guaranteed Compatibility between all SolidFire storage nodes •  Future-Proof your storage investment •  Eliminate storage migrations and forklift upgrades •  Never wait 3 years for an upgrade Linear Scale of Performance and Capacity Expand / Contract without disruption or reconfiguration
  23. 23. Storage Platform Resources Capacity Performance with QoS Scale-Out Agility Remove Remove 24054805
  24. 24. Self Healing High Availability SolidFire Helix™ Cluster wide RAID-less data protection •  No single points of failure •  Automatic self-healing – restores redundancy after failure •  Maintains all QoS settings regardless of failure condition •  Non-disruptive hardware and software upgrades A C D J B F G J D E H B A F I EH I G C J A D I
  25. 25. Self Healing High Availability SolidFire Helix™ Cluster wide RAID-less data protection •  No single points of failure •  Automatic self-healing – restores redundancy after failure •  Maintains all QoS settings regardless of failure condition •  Non-disruptive hardware and software upgrades A C J B F G D E H B F I EH G C J A D I C G B I J
  26. 26. Consolidate with Guaranteed QoS •  Guarantee storage performance to every application •  Combine a broad array of application workloads within a single storage platform •  Increase application density and resource utilization •  Respond to demands faster and with greater agility than ever before
  27. 27. SolidFire QoS Eliminates of traditional performance related storage problems - ESG 2015 Guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) Dynamically Allocate, Manage and Guarantee storage performance independent of capacity Define / enforce Min, Max and Burst settings for each application / volume
  28. 28. Eliminating Noisy Neighbor Applications Decreased Performance Noisy Neighbor SolidFire QoS in Practice 500 IOPS 1000 IOPS 1200 IOPS 8000 IOPS
  29. 29. Empower Enterprise IT to deliver greater strategic value to the business •  Native REST-based API •  Deep integration with management & orchestration platforms •  Support development of user-facing storage controls •  Reduce risk of human error and associated with complex administrative tasks •  Enables rapid deployment of applications & services Complete System Automation “Spin up virtual machines up to 81% faster than traditional storage” – ESG 2015 “SolidFire Automation helps lower operating expenses by up to – ESG 2015 Create&Volume&API&Call& & {& &&&&"method":&"CreateVolume",& &&&&"params":&{& &&&&&&&&"name":&"<Volume&Name>",& &&&&&&&&"accountID":&1,& &&&&&&&&"totalSize":&10000,& &&&&&&&&"enable512e":&false,& &&&&&&&&"aTributes":&{},& &&&&&&&&"qos":&{& &&&&&&&&&&&&"minIOPS":&100,& &&&&&&&&&&&&"maxIOPS":&200,& &&&&&&&&&&&&"burstIOPS":&300&&&&&& &&&&&&&&}& &&&&},& &&&&"id":&1& }&
  30. 30. •  Real-Time Replication •  Integrated Backup and Restore •  Encryption at Rest •  Snapshots and Clones •  Consistency Group Snapshots •  VLAN tagging / Multi-tenant Networking •  SNMP Monitoring •  VAAI, VASA, VVOLs, SIOC, Horizon View, and vCenter Plug-In •  Simultaneous Multi-protocol Support (FC / iSCSI) All Inclusive Feature Set
  31. 31. SolidFire Agile Infrastructure for for
  32. 32. VMware & SolidFire Empowering The Software Defined Datacenter Leading&ScaleLOut&AllL Flash&Storage& Architecture& Strong&vSphere& Storage&API& Support& SIOC&+&QoS& VAAI& VASA& SRM&SRA& VVols& API&Driven& Automa+on&&& Management&& Delivering&Guaranteed& Performance&to&Every& Applica+on& Tier&1&Apps& Automation | Ops | Orchestrator vCenter Plug-in Storage Policy Based Management PowerShell End&User&Compu+ng& Private&Cloud&Automa+on&
  33. 33. Hello vExperts #FueledbySF

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