Learn more about VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) and Virtual SAN 6.2. This excellent deck tells the VMware Virtual SAN story!
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VMware Validated Design for an Al-Flash VSAN with NSX running high workload Oracle – A VMware, Intel and Quanta Project from Principled Technologies
The rigorous process of following a VMware Validated Design (V2D) to build a Business Critical Applications (BCA) database architecture was made more interesting by focusing on VSAN and NSX on Quanta Hardware with Intel SSDs. On this All-Flash architecture we chose to run the Oracle RDBMS version 12c under high workload using the formidable workload generator known as the “Silly Little Oracle Benchmark” or “SLOB”. Six compute nodes were concurrently loaded with the SLOB tool which generated an extreme workload that would be highly uncommon in any practical customer environment. The details are available in the full report linked below but it should be noted that at 200k IOPS the read latency averaged 5ms. This was truly a BCA workload and this is an effective BCA architecture.
The functional testing was even more impressive. All 6 compute nodes were transitioned through a vMotion under the load referenced above to a secondary site running an equal workload to simulate a full site evacuation in just over 8minutes. True VMware classic functionality under heavy BCA-Oracle workload on an All-Flash VSAN leveraging NSX. The SDDC can be considered complete for high workload BCA applications and Databases.
This demonstration showcases the extensible deployment and configuration flexibility of VMware Virtual SAN through the use of command line interface tools such as PowerCLI by automating the creation of all of the necessary artifacts required to successfully prepared and form an 8 node all-flash VMware Virtual cluster with a single PowerCLI script.
• PRIMEFLEX for VMware VSAN – CX is based on Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY CX400 M1 systems featuring 4 half-wide dual socket server nodes with up to 8 Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors, 64 DIMMs and 24 disk drives in a single 2U enclosure delivering highest computing performance per rack
• The high-density design consumes 50% less rack space compared to standard rack servers enabling extensive scale-out scenarios while reducing data center footprint
• The Fujitsu Cool-safe® advanced thermal design reduces cooling costs by up to 27%
• Hot-plug server nodes, power supplies and disk drives enable enhanced availability and easy serviceability
• With the “Fujitsu System Architect” Fujitsu provides a purpose-built configuration tool that enables easy configuration and ordering of a complete HCI system resulting in faster time to production
• Fujitsu offers a single point of contact for support for both the hardware and the software which translates into easier collaboration and faster resolution times
Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX for VMware VSAN – Redefine data center agility with Fujitsu integrated systems based on the best-performing server platform for VMware vSphere – FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY.
This Reference Architecture demonstrates how enterprises can build a cost-effective VDI infrastructure using VMware All Flash Virtual SAN combined with the fast storage IO performance offered by SSDs. The combination of Virtual SAN and all flash storage can significantly improve ROI without compromising on the high availability and scalability that customers demand. Solutions based on this architecture can help organizations build a virtual desktop infrastructure with non-stop access to desktops, streamlined application updates, stronger data security, and a high-fidelity user experience.
Uwe Neumeier discusses latest announcements of VMware’s Virtual SAN 6.2, and the enhancement of the Virtual SAN Ready Nodes with options of pre-installation, flexible licensing and the flexible support enabling VMware hyper-converged infrastructure through business-centric data approach with Fujitsu’s Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for VMware VSAN.
Learn More: http://www.fujitsu.com/fts/products/computing/integrated-systems/vmware-vsan.html
VMware vCenter Server™, vSphere, and Virtual SAN collectively create the best platform for running and managing virtual machine workloads requiring predictable performance and rapid recovery in the event of a disaster. The integration of Virtual SAN with vSphere simplifies administration through storage policy-based management. Business-critical workloads such as web sites, e-commerce applications, databases, employee remote access, and communications can benefit from shared storage without the cost and complexity of dedicated storage hardware.
The new release of Virtual SAN, version 6.2, further reduces TCO by reducing data capacity consumption by as much as 10x. Virtual SAN 6.2 is optimized for modern all-flash storage, delivering efficient near-line deduplication, compression, and erasure coding capabilities that enable high performance all-flash systems for as low as $1 per GB of usable capacity—up to 50% less than the cost of lower-performing hybrid solutions from the leading competition.
This white paper focuses on the economics of flash in today’s datacenters and goes into details of space efficiency features of Virtual SAN.