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By David Hill

Today VMware vCloud Hybrid Service launched a new tier of storage, Standard Storage.  Standard Storage is a low-cost storage option available with the Dedicated and Virtual Private Cloud offerings from vCloud Hybrid Service.

With different tiers of storage, we are providing a choice for end users  to select different performance tiers for the various workloads running on vCloud Hybrid Service, and at the price point that works best for a defined budget.

Use Cases

Before we take a look at how the tiered storage is consumed, let’s think about the use cases for different tiers of storage.

Web Servers

The data on most web servers is predominately static data, or has a low change rate, and does not need high performance from the storage. The requirements for this particular workload are usually very low from an IOPS perspective. The Standard Storage option with vCloud Hybrid Service provides organizations with the ability to run these kinds of workloads at a lower cost per VM, making it a more economical option.

Databases

Now let’s switch gears to database workloads, which have completely different behavioral characteristics than web servers. A database server predominantly has higher read/write requests and requires an increase in storage performance. The data is not very static; it’s extremely fluid, due to the nature of the application. With SSD-Accelerated Storage in vCloud Hybrid Service, an end user  can get better performance to support  the high data change rates within database applications.

Overview

Now that we have discussed some of the use cases, lets actually look at the new storage option, Standard Storage, from vCloud Hybrid Service.

The first thing to note after an end user logs into the vCloud Hybrid Service Dashboard, is the Storage header, where there are multiple bars displaying overall storage allocation for a vCloud Hybrid Service account.  With one click you can see how much storage you have allocated to your virtual data centers (VDCs).

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Migrating Across Tiers

One of the key benefits of the different storage tiers within vCloud Hybrid Service is the ability to move workloads across the different tiers. Within the vCloud Hybrid Service UI you can easily move virtual machines between Standard Storage and SSD-Accelerated. Why would you actually do this? Well if you have a workload that is suffering, from a performance perspective, due to higher than expected load volume, you can easily move that workload from Standard Storage to SSD-Accelerated (assuming you have purchased both for the instance you are running in vCloud Hybrid Service).

The screenshots below shows how simple it is to move your virtual machines from one tier to the other.

1) Simply click the “hard drives” on the virtual machine settings tab2

2) Click Adjust “Storage Tiers” button 3

 

3) Then using the drop down, pick the tier you need, and then click the “Adjust Storage Tier” button and the migration takes place.4

Summary

The new release of this lower cost storage tier with vCloud Hybrid Service  provides the end user with more control over the performance characteristics of their virtual machine. Whereas previously you could only control the amount of storage assigned, you can now control the performance characteristics of the virtual machine. This is extremely useful when considering what applications you can deploy in a cloud model.

The video below walks you through the new Standard Storage tier features, and provides a demonstration of moving virtual machines between different tiers.

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David Hill is currently a Senior Technical Marketing Architect in the Hybrid Cloud Business Unit. David has been a self-employed IT Consultant and Architect for around 15 years, working on projects for large consultancies and financial institutions. Dave blogs at his personal blog, www.davidhill.co, where he hopes to provide readers with an informative reference site when designing/deploying or troubleshooting virtualisation and cloud technologies.