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MS SQL Server & Solid State Storage November 2013 Gavin McLaughlin Solutions Development Director X-IO International Cutting through the marketing hype - what really is the role of Flash in the data centre?
X-IO Technologies – Confidential Storage is all about Balance The Storage market is suddenly changing Market drive to towards Software Defined Storage Influx of new technologies and new vendors Realisation that vendors have been taking advantage for too long Three year lifecycles should not be the norm Why is it not possible to fill storage to 100% ? Storage is all about balance Cost, Risk & Growth are equally important when it comes to storage selection
X-IO Technologies – Confidential 3 Performance Capacity Cheap and Deep Flash Speed Required HDD Capacity Required Traditional RAID All Flash Arrays Backup, Archive Web 2.0 Cloud Exchange Rich Media Serving Virtual Desktops / Servers OLTP/ BI Routine File Serving Virtual Dev Servers Trading Desk HPC Increasing Performance Increasing Capacity Application Workloads Require More Performance £/GB £/IOP Risk Cost Growth
X-IO Technologies – Confidential Who’s making all the noise ?
X-IO Technologies – Confidential Are all messages the same ? Violin pitching innovation and performance. Pure Storage pitching de-dupe and consumer grade pricing. SolidFire pitching “Quality of Service” for service providers. Many many more stories are out there – all proclaiming that HDDs are dead However remember that flash is a tool, not a solution Matching NEED to SOLUTION
X-IO Technologies – Confidential 6 IDC Whitepaper 2012 Data optimisation is the key to achieving balance In essence, achieving the best economics for storage, balancing performance, capacity and price will require a combination of solid state and hard disk storage in the foreseeable future…..
X-IO Technologies – Confidential What does the market think ?
X-IO Technologies – Confidential How clear are you about the benefits offered by flash-only arrays vs. traditional HDD arrays? Market Clarity Source: Vanson Bourne Market Survey for X-IO, 2013
X-IO Technologies – Confidential The Market IS Confused What are the three main differences between flash-only arrays and hybrid (mixed flash and hard disk) arrays? 75% of respondents thought hybrids use more power 40% of respondents believe AFAs are more reliable Source: Vanson Bourne Market Survey for X-IO, 2013
X-IO Technologies – Confidential What’s the ideal solution ? Source: Vanson Bourne Market Survey for X-IO, 2013
X-IO Technologies – Confidential Achieving the Best of Both Worlds Traditional Enterprise HDD Storage High Performance Flash Storage Strengths Price Proven Technology Low Risk Weaknesses Latency Perceived Reliability Density / Scale Strengths I/O Performance Low Latency Low Power* Weaknesses Finite Lifetime Mixed workload ability Cost Balanced Performance Cost Reliability Hard Drives for… Capacity Sequential Workloads Longevity Flash Drives for… Low Latency Random Workloads Footprint Real-Time Hybrid Storage Only real- time Hybrid Storage available High Performance Low Power True Balance of Cost, Risk & Growth Unique 5 year inclusive warranty Balancing Cost, Growth & Risk
X-IO Technologies – Confidential X-IO’s patented Continuous Adaptive Data Placement (CADP) uses SSD for the data blocks that require SSD performance at any given moment, and HDD for sequential and truly random basic I/O Result: higher operating performance at lower first-order cost. Old ModelNew Model Proof point with Temenos and SQL 2012
X-IO Technologies – Confidential The ISE: High Performance RedKnee on Oracle & Exadata: April 2011 RedKnee on SQLServer & ISE: February million subscribers250 million subscribers 2 billion CDRs < 12 hours4.9 billion CDRs < 12 hours 50,000 operations/second+60,000 operations/second 10 TB “presented capacity” 5.3 TB “Exadata Smart Flash Cache” 19.5 TB “presented capacity” 12 TB SSD +$4M~$750K Against Exadata, 2.5x the performance for 20% of the cost Real world Example
X-IO Technologies – Confidential Storage is all about Balance Hard drives are far from dead Capacity where it’s needed – Don’t focus too much on IOPS Not all HDDs are equal AND it is possible to get more from drive Flash is a tool, not a solution Activity based tiering can be dangerous – Use real time IO analysis The storage marketplace is changing Storage should provide performance and reliability – not whistles and bells Look at 5 year TCO, not just acquisition price Also balance £/GB and £/IOP – Not mutually exclusive