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Enterprise Strategy Group Lab Validation Report of SANsymphony™-V April © 2011, Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts from … This ESG Lab Validation documents the results of hands on testing of DataCore SANsymphony-V R8 Storage Virtualization Software. ESG Lab evaluated SANsymphony-V with an eye on assessing the value of infrastructure-wide storage virtualization including centralized management, ease of use, capacity efficiency, data mobility, and performance. The enhanced high availability and disaster recovery capabilities of synchronous mirroring within campuses or metropolitan areas and long distance asynchronous remote replication are also presented. 2 © 2011, Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. “ ” Automation- Why This Matters DataCore SANsymphony-V R8 was very quick and easy to set up and manage. It is robust, flexible, and responsive and it can deliver major value in terms of utilization, economics, improved response times, high availability (HA), and easy administration. With one click of a mouse, ESG Lab was able to serve a 1TB virtual disk to a Windows server in less than a minute. SANsymphony-V automatically took care of the entire behind-the-scenes configuration which in traditional storage environments is the responsibility of specialized storage administrators. The volume was thin provisioned, mirrored for high-availability, and preferred and alternate paths to storage resources were set without administrator intervention. ESG Lab was impressed with the speed, simplicity, and completeness of the configuration. 3
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. Getting Started 4 Figure 4. The SANsymphony-V Management Console
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. Provisioning Virtual Disks 5 Figure 7. Quick Serve a New Virtual Disk
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. Starting Point: Separate Physical Servers 6 ExchangeFileWebSQL ServerMOSSAD/DNS Six Physical Win2K8 R2 servers Figure 9. Physical Server Environment
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. Transition to Fully Virtualized Environment 7 Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V R2 WAN Main Data Center Disaster Recovery Site Virtual Machines: Exchange, SQL, Web, File, etc… Physical Disks Shared Virtual Disks SAN Synchronous Mirroring Asynchronous Replication Figure 10. Fully Virtualized Environment with SANsymphony-V
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. “ ” Intuitive - Why This Matters ESG Lab found that virtualizing storage with DataCore SANsymphony-V R8 was intuitive and straightforward. An existing drive being used by a live file server was changed into a DataCore pass-through virtual disk in a matter of minutes with just eight mouse clicks. Once under DataCore’s control, volumes can be cached, mirrored, expanded, migrated, copied, and even replicated to a remote site— seamlessly and painlessly– while applications remain online and available. 8
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. Performance Acceleration 9 Figure 15. Performance Comparison, Physical vs. Virtual
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. Performance improved significantly for every workload with the File Server workload posting the most significant improvement, more than 6x. The Exchange 2007 workload showed a 5x improvement. The physical server with DAS was able to support 322 heavy users, while the virtualized system showed the ability to support more than 1,500 users. What the Numbers Mean 10 Table 1. Physical vs. Virtualized Performance Raw Data Workload Physical Servers, Physical Disks Virtual Servers, Virtual Disks SQL Server119 IOPS531 IOPS Exchange IOPS 576 IOPS File Server115 IOPS 734 IOPS Streaming Media193 MB/sec 280 MB/sec
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. “ ” Performance - Why This Matters ESG research indicates that performance is a key concern when deploying mission critical applications in a highly consolidated environment. With multiple application servers relying on a shared storage infrastructure, there is a worry that performance requirements can’t be met affordably. As a matter of fact, 31% of ESG survey respondents reported that performance was their most significant server virtualization challenge, followed closely by capital costs. 5 Through hands-on testing, ESG Lab has verified that DataCore SANsymphony-V software can be deployed to cost-effectively provide easy-to-configure, performance enhanced, storage virtualization, offering affordable scalability, and performance acceleration for virtualized servers and applications Source: ESG Research Report, The Evolution of Server Virtualization, 2010.
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. Disaster Recovery 12 Figure 24. Replication Complete, Remote Copy Accessed at Disaster Recovery Site Main Datacenter Disaster Recovery Site x
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. “ ” Highly Available - Why This Matters ESG lab validated that DataCore SANsymphony-V R8 provides an array of data protection capabilities that can cost-effectively satisfy the most stringent business continuity and disaster recovery requirements. Synchronous mirroring within metropolitan areas, snapshots, CDP, and asynchronous remote replication to distant disaster recovery sites can be used without being dependent on any specific model or brand of storage devices. 13
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. “ ” Conclusions- The Bigger Truth ESG lab tested DataCore SANsymphony-V and found the software easy to implement and to manage, virtualizing any storage infrastructure with enterprise class features and functionality while enhancing performance. DataCore SANsymphony-V kept data available and online through both planned and unplanned outages flawlessly. 14
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. DataCore SANsymphony-V R8 was very quick and easy to set up and manage. ESG Lab set up a two node, high-availability SANsymphony-V environment and was serving storage to virtual machines in minutes. With one click of a mouse, ESG Lab was able to serve a thin provisioned, performance tuned, fully protected, synchronously mirrored 1TB virtual disk to a Windows server in less than a minute. Migrating and importing disk drives from a working physical server into the virtual disk pool was a quick and easy process. The DataCore software provided a seamless transition from physical to virtual infrastructure while actually enhancing performance and availability. DataCore synchronous mirroring provided hosts with continuous access to virtual disks through a node outage with zero downtime and no interruptions to service. DataCore Continuous Data Protection (CDP) was easy to configure and use, enabling rollback to a specific point in time without having to create multiple snapshots. DataCore asynchronous remote replication was also easy to configure; compression and multi-streaming provided a 2x throughput enhancement over a simulated T1 link. ESG Lab Validation Highlights 15
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. “ ” Why the Urgency to Virtualize As server virtualization has matured, storage management has become more complex, and the dependency on centralized shared storage is changing the storage landscape. With applications detached from physical systems, their workloads have become more dynamic and unpredictable. These trends drive the urgency to virtualize storage. 16
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. “ ” The Bigger Truth ESG Lab firmly believes that it would benefit any organization considering or implementing an IT virtualization project to take a long look at DataCore SANsymphony-V R8 storage virtualization software. It is robust, flexible, and responsive and it can deliver major value in terms of utilization, economics, improved response times, high availability (HA), and easy administration. Tony Palmer Senior Engineer, Enterprise Strategy Group 17
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Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. Typical Configurations 19 Figure 2. DataCore SANsymphony-V Physical Storage Devices SAN Physical and Virtual Servers DataCore SANsymphony-V Managed as a Single Virtualized Storage Pool Shared Virtual Disks
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION 20
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. IT Priorities 21 Figure 1. Important IT Initiatives, Source: ESG Research Report, The Evolution of Server Virtualization November 2010
Copyright © 2011 DataCore Software Corp. – All Rights Reserved. Appendix 22 Table 2. ESG Lab Test Bed Storage Virtualization SoftwareVersions DataCore SANsymphony-VR8 Hardware OS & Hypervisor 6x Dell R510 Servers 2.66 GHz Quad Core Xeon CPU 16GB RAM, 2x 1TB SATA HDD (Each Server) Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V Other Test Software Version WANem (WAN emulator) Mbps, 10 ms Latency Workload Generation Workload Characterizations Iometer SQL Server 8KB IO 100% random, 67% read Exchange KB IO 100% random, 73% read File Server Mixed IO size, 100% random, 100% read Streaming Media 512 KB IO 0% random, 100% read
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