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Storage Architectures and the Cloud 
& field notes from 18 months at SolidFire 
Andy Roberts – andy.roberts@solidfire.com ...
Career 
Cloudwash 
 First day in storage was a Register worthy event 
 March 2002 
 50K Mailboxes lost with a storage s...
Public Cloud 
Has Raised 
the Bar 
…driving the transformation of enterprise IT globally
The Silo’ed Infrastructure Model Is Unsustainable 
Purchasing Marketing Sales Development 
First Cloud NIH Cloud 3rd go… T...
Legacy Data Center 
Single Tenant 
Isolated work loads 
Dedicated Infrastructure 
Scale-up 
Pre-provisioned capacity 
Hard...
Regardless of the name, desired outcomes are the same 
Next Generation Data Center 
Software Defined 
Data Center 
Infrast...
A Fundamental Shift In App Design & Delivery 
Legacy Data Center Next Generation Data Center 
Apps span VMs 
Data stored i...
CloudStack ? 
OpenStack ? 
Next Gen VMWare ? 
All of the above? 
Roll my own? 
Commodity Stack? 
Engineered Stack? 
Leave ...
The “Community” is what makes it work 
Users 
Service Providers 
Vendors 
Integrators
Expanding the Reach of The Next Generation Data Center 
Agile 
Scalable 
Automated 
Predictable
What you build on matters
Flash for the Next Generation Data Center
Scale-Out vs. Scale-Up 
Performance 
Capacity 
Scale-Out 
Performance 
Capacity 
Scale-Up 
 Limited performance scalabili...
Capacity 
Performance 
SF2405 nodes added 
SF9010 nodes added 
SF2405 Initial Cluster 
Addition of future SF nodes 
Mixed ...
Two views on benefits of scale 
 Service Provider & Internal Service Provider 
 Simplifies capacity management 
 Re-use...
Guaranteed Performance - QoS 
Performance Virtualization: Independent 
global pools of capacity and performance 
 Allocat...
Two views on benefits of QoS 
 Service Provider & Internal Service Provider 
 Much better for multi-tenancy than just vL...
Automated Management 
Integrated REST-based API 
 Enables complete automation of any 
SolidFire function 
 Supports deve...
Drastically Simplified Storage Management 
SolidFire Architecture 
Unified pool of capacity and performance 
Automatic loa...
Views on benefits of Automation 
 Service Provider & Internal Service Provider 
 Just what the market expects 
 Enterpr...
Personal View  Storage marketplace is exciting as its ever been (!) 
 Great range of options 
 Blend multiple technolog...
CloudStack Storage 
Evolution 
Andy Roberts - SolidFire
We’ve been busy... 
● Google Summer of Code 
o http://www.solidfire.com/blog/mentoring-with-google-summer- 
of-code-and-le...
CloudStack Storage Evolution 
4.2 - dynamic provisioning for data drives 
4.3 - adding KVM support 
4.4 - root disk dynami...
Whats next? 
Come and see Mike present if you are at Collab 
Catch-up on slides if not 
Ideas appreciated on storage impro...
Smiths Bar and Grill - Beers Are on Us!
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Storage architectures and the cloud

  1. 1. Storage Architectures and the Cloud & field notes from 18 months at SolidFire Andy Roberts – andy.roberts@solidfire.com - Field Solutions Architect
  2. 2. Career Cloudwash  First day in storage was a Register worthy event  March 2002  50K Mailboxes lost with a storage system on fire  Supporting a SPaaS platform based on OpenSource  Customers bring VMWare into production  2004 – 2007 as VMWare becomes de facto  Everything very manual or with minimal scripting  First Clouds – 2007 - 2010  Early attempts at automation  Multi-tenancy becomes a daily focus  Cloud.Com appears on my radar - 2011  Cloud product evaluation  The birth of a Cloud  March 2013 – time for a change  First day at SolidFire – 8th April  Jully 2013 – first CloudStack meetup  Invested time into learning CloudStack & OpenStack
  3. 3. Public Cloud Has Raised the Bar …driving the transformation of enterprise IT globally
  4. 4. The Silo’ed Infrastructure Model Is Unsustainable Purchasing Marketing Sales Development First Cloud NIH Cloud 3rd go… This will be the one… Source: http://www.wired.com/2012/05/stuck-in-silo/
  5. 5. Legacy Data Center Single Tenant Isolated work loads Dedicated Infrastructure Scale-up Pre-provisioned capacity Hardware defined Project Based Manual Administration Next Generation Data Center Multi-tenant Mixed workloads Shared infrastructure Scale-out Capacity on demand Software defined Self service Automation Entering a whole new world…
  6. 6. Regardless of the name, desired outcomes are the same Next Generation Data Center Software Defined Data Center Infrastructure 2.0 Cloud Computing Private Cloud IT-as-a-Service Agile Scalable Automated Predictable
  7. 7. A Fundamental Shift In App Design & Delivery Legacy Data Center Next Generation Data Center Apps span VMs Data stored in scalable DBs, cached in memory tiers Interaction via API, web or mobile Apps run on a computer Data stored in files Interaction via UI
  8. 8. CloudStack ? OpenStack ? Next Gen VMWare ? All of the above? Roll my own? Commodity Stack? Engineered Stack? Leave the legacy behind? Bring it with me? Public or private?
  9. 9. The “Community” is what makes it work Users Service Providers Vendors Integrators
  10. 10. Expanding the Reach of The Next Generation Data Center Agile Scalable Automated Predictable
  11. 11. What you build on matters
  12. 12. Flash for the Next Generation Data Center
  13. 13. Scale-Out vs. Scale-Up Performance Capacity Scale-Out Performance Capacity Scale-Up  Limited performance scalability  Creates islands of storage with poor utilization  Forklift upgrade model  Massive single system scale  Capacity and performance managed as independent pools  Performance increases as you grow capacity  New performance and capacity resources available in minutes
  14. 14. Capacity Performance SF2405 nodes added SF9010 nodes added SF2405 Initial Cluster Addition of future SF nodes Mixed Node Clusters  Dynamically change capacity and performance characteristics of your cluster over time
  15. 15. Two views on benefits of scale  Service Provider & Internal Service Provider  Simplifies capacity management  Re-use across product lines as they come and go  Match spending to cash flow  Enterprise  Buy only what you need, rather than 3 years up-front  Continual Refresh of platform  Simplifies capacity management
  16. 16. Guaranteed Performance - QoS Performance Virtualization: Independent global pools of capacity and performance  Allocate: Storage performance independent of capacity  Manage: Performance real-time without impacting other volumes  Guarantee: Performance to every volume with fine-grain QoS settings Deliver Guaranteed Storage Performance and Firm Performance SLAs
  17. 17. Two views on benefits of QoS  Service Provider & Internal Service Provider  Much better for multi-tenancy than just vLANs alone  Sell QoS as an advantage  Remove performance / noisy-neighbour headaches  Enterprise  The business will trust your XaaS platform  Match performance to LOB applications  Remove performance management headaches
  18. 18. Automated Management Integrated REST-based API  Enables complete automation of any SolidFire function  Supports development of user-facing storage controls  Seamless integration into current billing/charge-back systems and management stacks  API Integration Support from SolidFire
  19. 19. Drastically Simplified Storage Management SolidFire Architecture Unified pool of capacity and performance Automatic load distribution Mixed-Node Cluster Support Self-healing HA Complete REST-based API automation Traditional Storage Management Separate pools of SATA, SAS, and Flash RAID levels, aggregates, volume groups Forklift controller and system upgrades Fire drills on hardware failure Manual UI Management
  20. 20. Views on benefits of Automation  Service Provider & Internal Service Provider  Just what the market expects  Enterprise  Reduce costs and/or drive out re-work  Increase agility and time to market  Enabler for all other benefits  QoS + Automation + Scale = Huge Compound Benefit
  21. 21. Personal View  Storage marketplace is exciting as its ever been (!)  Great range of options  Blend multiple technologies together  Persistent or ephemeral  Cloud Automation Market  Amazing what you can achieve  Things really have come a long  Challenges as a vendor  Collaborate and differentiate at the same time  Give people the widest choice  Move up to the “Higher Ground”
  22. 22. CloudStack Storage Evolution Andy Roberts - SolidFire
  23. 23. We’ve been busy... ● Google Summer of Code o http://www.solidfire.com/blog/mentoring-with-google-summer- of-code-and-lessons-in-cloudstack/ o Automated Regression Testing o Reworking host and storage tagging o New GUI functionality for plugins o Mentoring new talent as part of Apache Foundation
  24. 24. CloudStack Storage Evolution 4.2 - dynamic provisioning for data drives 4.3 - adding KVM support 4.4 - root disk dynamic provisioning & resize 4.5 - GUI for storage plug-in & snapshot baby steps 4.6 - planned : snapshot & clone integration immutable UUIDs are a challenge breaking the 256 LUN limit a focus
  25. 25. Whats next? Come and see Mike present if you are at Collab Catch-up on slides if not Ideas appreciated on storage improvement SolidFire Continue to Invest in CloudStack andy.roberts@solidfire.com ( on behalf of mike.tutkowski@solidfire.com)
  26. 26. Smiths Bar and Grill - Beers Are on Us!

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