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10 Reasons To Virtulaize Your Storage

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Leveraging Virtualization for Greater ROI (Storage/SAN)

10 Reasons To Virtulaize Your Storage

  1. 1. Leveraging Virtualization for Greater ROI IT as a Weapon Series Peter Eicher, Product Marketing Manager [email_address]
  2. 2. FalconStor IPStor Platform TOTALLY Open and massively scalable data protection and management <ul><li>IPStor ® software is a highly optimized, scalable, and flexible virtualization platform </li></ul><ul><li>Leverages all open storage and tape libraries </li></ul><ul><li>A data provisioning and protection platform based on standard industry server and storage technology working with all connectivity protocols </li></ul>
  3. 3. SNIA Definition of Virtualization <ul><li>“ … . virtualization hides the back-end complexity and adds or integrates new functionality with existing back-end data services ” </li></ul>FalconStor definition: Storage Virtualization provides an abstraction layer between physical storage devices and compute elements and facilitates classification and pooling of storage resources. The virtualization layer can also provide intelligence and advanced data services to increase overall efficiency.
  4. 4. FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) Physical Virtual Existing SAN volumes via Storage Service Enabler Virtualized SAN volumes Thin provisioned SAN volumes Linux Solaris HP-UX AIX Netware Exchange Oracle VMware Notes SQL SAP DB2 Windows Data Any application Any operating system Any storage protocol Any disk array
  5. 5. Ten Reasons to Use Virtualization And we mean it
  6. 6. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization #1 Simplify Provisioning Click! Click! Done!
  7. 7. Simplifying Provisioning Virtual disks Physical disks <ul><li>Create volumes of any size from across physical disk resources </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physical LUN and virtual devices up to 16TB each </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expand volumes as needed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Batch-creation of volumes </li></ul><ul><li>Securely assign volumes to servers through NSS interface </li></ul><ul><li>Host connections via Fibre Channel, iSCSI, InfiniBand </li></ul>
  8. 8. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization # 2 Data Mobility You want me to move what to where?
  9. 9. Data mobility <ul><li>Any-to-any synchronous or asynchronous data mirroring/copying </li></ul><ul><li>Zero downtime data migration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiate disk mirror </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Switch primary target when synchronization completes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No need to ever stop your applications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ultimate data protection across arrays </li></ul>Primary Mirror Primary Mirror
  10. 10. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization # 3 Rip roaring fast data recovery “ Data restore” has left the building
  11. 11. Rip roaring fast data recovery Application-specific Snapshot Agent <ul><li>One TimeMark ® snapshot policy per virtualized disk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible scheduling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mountable TimeView ® images for instant data recovery of any captured point in time </li></ul><ul><li>255 snapshots per disk </li></ul><ul><li>Snapshot Agents and consistency groups for 100% data integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate “mandatory restore” and move to data recovery </li></ul>FC or Ethernet 11:00 12:00 9:00 10:00
  12. 12. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization # 4 Fixing Backup Problems Your backup vendor called. He wants his backup window back. But you don’t.
  13. 13. Eliminating Backup Window & Host Performance Impact BU SW calls HyperTrac ™ to mount snapshot disk for serverless tape backup Traditional Backup Shrinking backup window & host performance impact Perform tape backup anytime. Eliminate backup window, remove backup performance impact from production servers Backup SW HyperTrac Ethernet Files/ Volume System State Database FC or Ethernet Backup server 11:00 10:00 11:00
  14. 14. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization # 5 Ability to Pool Storage by Class Everybody in the pool!
  15. 15. Pooling storage by class <ul><li>Assign physical disk resources to storage pools </li></ul><ul><li>Categorize based on performance, usage, cost, whatever you want </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Snapshot disk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replica disk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stuff-nobody-will-ever- look-at-again-in-my-lifetime disk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decrease operator error and avoid misallocation of resources </li></ul>RAM disk Fibre disk SATA disk Joe’s Disk Emporium
  16. 16. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization # 6 Eliminating Vendor Barriers Let me see if I got this… I can only copy data from your expensive disk array to… another one of your expensive disk arrays? Umm… not so much.
  17. 17. Eliminating vendor barriers <ul><li>TOTALLY Open data movement from any device to any device </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Live mirrors of primary data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Snapshot space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replication targets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full copies (clones) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eliminate any and all vendor lock-in scenarios </li></ul>Vendor A Vendor B Vendor D Vendor C
  18. 18. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization # 7 Reducing Costs for Disaster Recovery As soon as I stop laughing at the bandwidth costs I’ll find some time to cry.
  19. 19. Sending changed Tracks Host updates a disk sector Sending Changed Sectors Host updates a disk sector 512b 512b 512b 512b 512b 512b 512b 512b 512b 32K Track is replicated 512 byte Sector is replicated 64 times more efficient MicroScan vs Track-based replication
  20. 20. Real world replication savings example <ul><li>Legal Services firm benchmark, Nov-Jan 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>83 days worth of replicated data </li></ul>Site File System Change in GB Filtered by MicroScan Actual GB Transferred Percentage Reduction Houston 4,869 4,017 852 82% New York City 16,176 13,409 2,767 83% Wash D.C. 7,289 5,581 1,708 77% Atlanta 73,376 62,527 10,849 85% 101,710 85,534 16,176 84% Avg per Day 1225 1031 195 84% Min. Storage Unit to Track Changes on Disk FalconStor Vendor-A Vendor-B Vendor-C 512 Bytes 4 KB 16 KB 64 KB Storage Efficiency 1 8 x less efficient 32 x less efficient 64 x less efficient
  21. 21. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization # 8 Reducing Costs for Disaster Recovery Part Two It’s not like much is at stake here. It’s only…. THE ENTIRE COMPANY! So you’re approving the DR budget, right? Right? Work with me man.
  22. 22. Reducing disaster recovery costs <ul><li>Any-to-any replication means you can use lower-cost storage at the DR site </li></ul><ul><li>Any-to-any protocol support means you can replicate your Fibre Channel SAN to an iSCSI SAN </li></ul><ul><li>Complete support for physical-to-virtual restore means you can use virtual servers at the DR site to restore physical servers at the data center </li></ul><ul><li>Thin Provisioning and Thin Disaster Recovery means you save disk space and power </li></ul>
  23. 23. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization # 9 Keeping Your Storage Vendor Honest Which in no way is meant to imply that he can’t still buy you lunch.
  24. 24. Keep your storage vendor honest <ul><li>Move the storage intelligence into the fabric </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage abstraction layer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Storage services no longer dependent on vendor-exclusive disk functionality </li></ul>Hosts Fabric Storage abstraction layer Disk
  25. 25. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization # 10 Saving Money! I’m talking cash, greenbacks, legal tender, loot, scratch, gold, gravy, coin, dinero, Benjamins, cabbage, samolians, and that thing called a budget that’s never, ever what it should be.
  26. 26. Saving money! <ul><li>Any storage! </li></ul><ul><li>Any storage protocol! </li></ul><ul><li>Low bandwidth replication! </li></ul><ul><li>Easier management! </li></ul><ul><li>No vendor lock-in! </li></ul><ul><li>Thin provisioning! </li></ul><ul><li>Fast recovery! </li></ul><ul><li>No backup window! </li></ul><ul><li>Shall we go on? </li></ul>
  27. 27. 10 reasons to use storage virtualization <ul><li>Simplify provisioning </li></ul><ul><li>Data mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Rip roaring fast data recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Fixing backup problems </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to pool storage by class </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminating vendor barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing costs for disaster recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing costs for disaster recovery, part two </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping your storage vendor honest </li></ul><ul><li>Saving money </li></ul>
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