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Optimizing Flash Storage for SQL Databases

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Is your flash system up to the challenge? Attend this webinar and learn how you can optimize your SQL Server performance. Hear how the pros pinpoint performance bottlenecks and leverage the latest advancements in storage technology to decrease access latency and IO wait times. By the end of the webinar you’ll have the tools and information you need to recommend the best approach for your SQL Server environment.

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Optimizing Flash Storage for SQL Databases

  1. 1. Optimizing Flash Storage for SQL Databases Is your flash system up to the challenge? Make sure your flash system: ● Increases performance ● Reduces costs ● Improves protection ● Integrates with your DBMS For audio playback and Q&A go to: http://bit.ly/FlashSQL
  2. 2. Our Speakers George Crump is the founder of Storage Switzerland, the leading storage analyst focused on the subjects of big data, solid state storage, virtualization, cloud computing and data protection. He is widely recognized for his articles, white papers, and videos on such current approaches as all-flash arrays, deduplication, SSDs, software-defined storage, backup appliances, and storage networking. He has over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US. Rob Commins has been instrumental in the success of some of the storage industry's most interesting companies over the past twenty years including HP/3PAR, Pillar Data Systems, and StorageWay. At Tegile, he leads the company's marketing strategy, product marketing, press/analyst activities, as well as competitive analysis.
  3. 3. Agenda • Pre-Flash Steps • Selecting The Right Flash Solution • Deciding on YOUR Flash Strategy • Post-Flash Steps • Tegile’s Answer to MS-SQL Challenges • Q&A
  4. 4. Pre-Flash Steps Things to do before you Flash ● File System Defragmentation ● Index and Query Optimization ● Application Code Optimization ● But… Do we really need to do this?
  5. 5. Flash Implementation Strategies ● Server Side Flash Caching ● Shared Hybrid Flash ● Shared All-Flash ● Hyper-Converged Flash
  6. 6. What is Server Side Caching? ● Combines Server Side SSD with Server Caching Software ● Can be implemented bare metal, in guest and with hypervisor ● Can leverage a variety of flash media types
  7. 7. Server Side Caching Pros/Cons ● Challenges in Cluster/Hypervisor implementations ● Risks with write caching ● Expensive to deploy on broad scale ● Brings performance directly to the app ● Less latency, no network ● Targeted implementation ● Server Flash Less Expensive per GB
  8. 8. What is a Hybrid Array? ● Hybrid Array ● An Flash tier leveraged by caching intelligence on the array
  9. 9. Hybrid Array Pros/Cons ● Performance to all apps ● No software to install ● Should be safer for write caching ● Requires new storage array ● Shared Flash is more costly (HA) ● Limited fine grain control/QoS ● Different from Vendor to Vendor
  10. 10. What is an All-Flash Array? ● All-Flash Array ● An array with only flash storage
  11. 11. All-Flash Array Pros/Cons ● High Performance to all apps ● No software to install ● Should be safer for write caching ● No Tuning Required ● Requires new storage array ● Shared Flash is more costly (HA) ● Limited ability to “tier off” ● Different from Vendor to Vendor
  12. 12. What is a Hyper Converged Storage? ● Hyper-Converged
  13. 13. Hyper Converged Pros/Cons ● Converged Server, Network and Storage ● May reduce costs ● May be simpler ● May require new servers, storage and networking ● Or requires a very “DIY” implementation ● Becomes complicated at scale ● Predictable performance may be an issue
  14. 14. Deciding on Your MS-SQL Flash Strategy ● Server Side Flash Caching ● Shared Hybrid Flash ● Shared All-Flash ● Hyper-Converged Flash
  15. 15. Post-Flash Steps
  16. 16. Post-Flash Steps Things to do before you Flash ● Application Code Optimization ● Server Upgrades ● Networking Improvements
  17. 17. © 2017 TEGILE SYSTEMS - CONFIDENTIAL ALL-FLASH HD HYBRID Tegile’s Award Winning Portfolio
  18. 18. © 2017 TEGILE SYSTEMS - CONFIDENTIAL Run Every Workload at the Speed of Memory Performance Tier Capacity Tier ▪ Get the affordable capacity you need for your business-critical applications ▪ Get the high IOPS and low latency you need for your top-tier applications NVDIMM Flash Memory HDD or Dense Flash 100s of MICROSECOND RESPONSE TIMES 10-20x FASTER THAN LEGACY STORAGE
  19. 19. © 2017 TEGILE SYSTEMS - CONFIDENTIAL ONE Platform, ANY Workload. 60% FLASH30% FLASH 10% FLASH 100% FLASH 60TB – 840TB* 60TB – 720TB* 60TB – 720TB* WARMDATA HOTDATA 22TB – 1.8PB* ONE Operating System | ONE Feature Set | ONE User Experience *Effective capacity, assuming 5:1 data
  20. 20. © 2017 TEGILE SYSTEMS - CONFIDENTIAL Application-Optimized Provisioning ▪ Application-optimized templates simplify provisioning ▪ Choose the type of workload and IntelliFlash will preselect the optimum configuration properties for LUN/Share ▪ Templates based on best practices ▪ Advanced configuration options also available
  21. 21. © 2017 TEGILE SYSTEMS - CONFIDENTIAL 30% CPU Utilization 60%+ CPU Utilization Server 1 Server 2 Server 3 Server 4 Server 1 Server 2 Tegile IntelliFlash™ Array Traditional Disk Array Reduce SQL Costs with Flash
  22. 22. © 2017 TEGILE SYSTEMS - CONFIDENTIAL 30% CPU Utilization 60%+ CPU Utilization Server 1 Server 2 Server 3 Server 4 Server 1 Server 2 Tegile IntelliFlash™ Array Traditional Disk Array 4x Server Costs 4x SQL Server 2014 Licensing Costs = ~$570K 4x SQL Server 2014 SA for 3 years = ~$345K 1x Array Cost 2x Server Costs 2x SQL Server 2014 Licensing Costs = ~$285K 4x SQL Server 2014 SA for 3 years = ~$170K 1x Tegile Array Cost Reduce SQL Costs with Flash Over $500K in Savings! Reduce Servers and Amount of Licenses
  23. 23. Thank you! Storage Switzerland http://www.storageswiss.com georgeacrump@storageswiss.com StorageSwiss on Twitter: http://twitter.com/storageswiss StorageSwiss on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/storageswiss Tegile http://www.tegile.com Tegile on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tegile Tegile on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tegilesystems
  24. 24. Optimizing Flash Storage for SQL Databases Is your flash system up to the challenge? For complete Audio and Q&A please register for the On Demand Version at: http://bit.ly/FlashSQL

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