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VMworld 2015 Sponsor – SolidFire

This is the first post to call out some sponsors of vBrainstorm for VMworld 2015 in San Francisco! Say hello to SolidFire!  If you do not know who SolidFire is… where have you been??  SolidFire is the All-Flash Array for the Next-Generation Data Center!  Their solution delivers the five core elements needed for storage agility in today’s data centers:  Scale-Out, Guaranteed Performance, Automated Management, Data Assurance and Global Efficiencies.  I suggest you make time to visit the SolidFire booth at VMworld, which is booth 929.  What does SolidFire have in store for you at VMworld?  Well I have to mention their main giveaway!  SolidFire is giving away a SolidFire bike!  This thing is a very cool retro looking bike in SolidFire red!  There are many sessions that SolidFire will be in and don’t forget about the SolidFire party at the ThirstyBear!  Check out all the details at http://www.solidfire.com/vmworld.

Thank you SolidFire for sponsoring us!  Look for myself (rolltidega), Roger (rogerlund) and Aaron (virtualroads) in these cool shirts shown below around VMworld.  If you need help finding SolidFire on the show floor we will be happy to help you find them!

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Solid Performance, with a Solid Name: Welcome to Solidfire.

I had the chance to meet with the CEO and Founder of SolidFire Dave Wright while at VMworld this year. Who is SolidFire? Well, I will overview that and share a interview I had with Dave shortly.

Solid fire is a all-SSD Architecture platform, that scales and uses raid-less data protection. But if you ask me, what set’s them apart on the SSD arena; I will answer with the QOS.

“Quality of service is not a feature. It is a architecture.” They go in to state it is ” the only way to deliver guaranteed storage performance in public and private cloud infrastructure”  source
http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/

The ability to set levels of service is critical in the service provider space. Min, Max and Burst IOPS per volume for example.


QOS Demo Video

As you can see below, the system can really push out the IO the numbers.

As you can see, fairly straight forward on the hardware side, however, I would recommend dedicated switching.

Source http://solidfire.com/technology/solidfire-storage-system/

What else? Add features like a array solutions,  VMware , openstack, to name a couple and multitenancy reporting but I won’t touch on this today.

I’ll wrap up with a interview of me personally interviewing Dave, Owner and founder of SolidFire.

My Thoughts?

Need a top tier, with extreme performance? Need QOS? Need multitenancy? There are a Solid reasons to consider SolidFire when looking at Storage. Now if I could get a unit in my lab…

Thanks

Roger Lund

ystem Examples*

Cluster Size 5 Nodes 20 Nodes 40 Nodes 100 Nodes
Effective Capacity** 60TB with SF3010
108TB with SF6010
173TB with SF9010
240TB with SF3010
432TB with SF6010
692TB with SF9010
480TB with SF3010
864TB with SF6010
1.4PB with SF9010
1.2PB with SF3010
2.1PB with SF6010
3.4PB with SF9010
4K Random IOPS 250,000 with SF3010/SF6010
375,000 with SF9010
1M with SF3010/SF6010
1.5M with SF9010
2M with SF3010/SF6010
3M with SF9010
5M with SF3010/SF6010
7.5M with SF9010
kW at max IO Load 1.5 kW with SF3010/SF6010
2.2 kW with SF9010
6 kW with SF3010/SF6010
9 kW with SF9010
12kW with SF3010/SF6010
18 kW with SF9010
30kW with SF3010/SF6010
45 kW with SF9010
Rack Units 5RU 20RU (half rack) 40RU (full rack) 100RU

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/solidfire-storage-system/#sthash.ccyH5XwR.dpuf

Fine-grain, per-volume settings

SolidFire’s QoS functionality lets cloud providers set and control the fine-grain performance levels for every volume and guarantee application performance with firm SLAs.

  • Min IOPS – The minimum number of I/O operations per-second that are always available to the volume, ensuring a guaranteed level of performance even in failure conditions.
  • Max IOPS – The maximum number of sustained I/O operations per-second that a volume can process over an extended period of time.
  • Burst IOPS – The maximum number of I/O operations per-second that a volume will be allowed to process during a spike in demand, particularly effective for data migration, large file transfers, database checkpoints, and other uneven latency sensitive worklo

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology//solidfire-element-os/guaranteed-qos/#sthash.rIuGPn5K.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

Dell PowerEdge VRTX : Dell’s Introduction into the future of Compute?

I had the pleasure of Attending Dell Enterprise forum this year. If you have not noticed Dell is growing and increasing it’s server market. “In the past three years, Dell has managed to grow its servers and networking sales from $7.6 billion to $9.3 billion” Source http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/dell-inc-dell-cisco-systems-inc-csco-are-growing-in-the-declining-global-server-market-168461/

Further stepping into the compute market, Dell announced the  PowerEdge VRTX shared infrastructure platform.

The PowerEdge VRTX is a shared infrastructure platform offering extensive performance and capacity with office-level acoustics in a single, compact tower chassis. It is an ideal solution for small and midsize businesses as well as remote and branch offices of large enterprises. The simple, efficient and versatile platform can be rapidly deployed to consolidate and manage business applications in two or three virtualized servers with shared storage and integrated networking.”

Source http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/poweredge-vrtx/pd 

Is Dell making a move into the unknown? Lets take a look.

How does it work? I will give you a high level overview, and point you in the right direction for a deep drive. Think of it as a small scale, remote office blade center.

Tech Specs:

Feature
PowerEdge VRTX Technical Specifications
Chassis enclosure
Form factors:
Tower or 5U rack enclosure
Tower configuration:
48.4cm (19.1in) H with system feet x 31.0cm (12.2in) W with system feet opened x 73.0cm (28.7in) D
Weight (empty) = 31.7kg (69.7lb)
Weight (maximum) = 74.8kg (164.9lb)
Rack configuration:
21.9cm (8.6in) H x 48.2cm (19.0in) W x 73.0cm (28.7in) D
Weight (empty) = 24.7kg (54.5lb)
Weight (maximum) = 68.7kg (151.5lb)
Server node options
Dell PowerEdge M620 and M520 servers
Power supplies
Redundant power supply units:
110/220V auto-sensing
Redundant power supplies support 2+2 (AC redundancy), and 3+1, 2+1, and 1+1 (power supply
redundancy) modes
Cooling
VRTX comes standard with 6 hot-pluggable, redundant fan modules and 4 blower modules:
Based on Dell Energy Smart Technologies, VRTX fans and blowers are a breakthrough in power and
cooling efficiency
The fans and blowers deliver low-power consumption, but also use next-genera
tion fan technologies
to ensure the lowest possible amount of fresh air is consumed to cool the enclosure
Input devices
Front control panel with interactive graphical LCD:
Supports initial configuration wizard
Local server blade, enclosure, and module information and troubleshooting
Two USB keyboard/mouse connections and one video connection for local front “crash cart” console
connections
Optional DVD-RW
Raid controller
Shared PERC8
Drive bays and
hard drives
Up to 12 x 3.5in NLSAS, SAS, or SAS SSD hot-plug drives or
Up to 25 x 2.5in NLSAS, SAS, or SAS SSD hot-plug drives
Embedded NIC
1GbE internal switch module (standard) with 16 internal 1GbE ports and 8 external ports
Ethernet pass-through module with 8 external ports (optional)
I/O slots
8 flexible PCIe slots:
3 full-height/full-length slots (150W) with double-wide card support (225W)
5 low-profile/half-length slots (25W)”

 

As you can see, this is a powerful product. I ask my self, is this the first step of many for Dell into a new Future? Will Dell tackle scale computing? We will have to wait to see. I for one, am looking forward to the next lineup of Dell PowerEdge server releases.

As promised, I wanted to share a deep drive post from titled : A Detailed Look at Dell PowerEdge VRTX

Roger L 

Pure Storage, Pure Performance.

 

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While at Tech Field Day – Virtualization Field Day, I had a chance to sit through a Presentation by Pure Storage. Below are my thoughts.

Pure Storage is all about giving you and your VMware Server or View environment SSD performance, at a reduced cost.

Check out the message about the Products they have at the Pure Storage Web Site.

Here are a few slides from the Deck they gave us.

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Below I have included some pictures provided while at Pure Storage with Tech Field Day – Virtualization Field Day http://techfieldday.com/2012/vfd2

controller front

controller no bezelController - back

 

Storage Shelf - Back

 

Some Spec’s.

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Here are some Video’s they provided.

 

Other Tech Field Day Blogger’s, Blog Posts.

 

Pure Storage – Pure Genius (Brandon Riley)

Pure Storage Tackles Storage Shenanigans (Chris Wahl)

Pure Storage’s Impact on VDI – Tech Field Day (Dwayne Lessner)

Tech Field Day Video on Pure Storage.

All content provided by Pure Storage, CC Pure Storage.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this.

 

 

Roger Lund

Pure Storage, Pure Performance.

 

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While at Tech Field Day – Virtualization Field Day, I had a chance to sit through a Presentation by Pure Storage. Below are my thoughts.

Check out the full blog post on vBrainstorm. Pure Storage, Pure Performance 

http://www.vbrainstorm.com/2012/03/pure-storage-pure-performance.html

Roger Lund