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Accelerating Applications through Server Caching

By Tyler Smith, Vice-President of Alliances and Field Marketing, Fusion-io

 

When applications are underperforming—in either virtual or non-virtual environments—there’s a simple solution that reduces latency and improves server throughput: server caching. Adding flash memory to the server as a cache can boost the performance of databases and other applications. Server caching also keeps costs down by working with your existing storage and network infrastructure.

 

In a NetApp environment, server caching provides dramatic application performance. Caching allows enterprises to balance performance and data management resources, while reducing overall costs. And because of NetApp's superior storage architecture, caching reads improves back-end storage performance as well.

 

In a virtualization environment, server caching from NetApp and Fusion-io, allows you to:

  • Support more VMs per physical host
  • Reduce the cost per VM
  • Virtualize more applications
  • Reduce hardware costs per application
  • Reduce time to provision new requirements
  • Improve SLAQ metrics for existing VMs
  • Create performance and capacity tiers within your ESX environment

 

In both virtualized and non-virtualized environments, server caching also enables you to

  • Reduce SAN I/O workload
  • Achieve more efficient writes
  • Extend the capability of an array to support more applications
  • Reduce application latency

 

We’re committed to enabling enterprises to accelerate the applications that drive business decisions, and we are thrilled to be NetApp’s strategic server cache technology partner. NetApp and its channel partners resell ioTurbine for virtualized environments, and directCache for non-virtualized, physical environments. NetApp's expanded portfolio of flash products, coupled with Fusion ioMemory hardware and server caching software, enables customers to maximize performance and application response times across the entire datacenter.


In our real-time world, everyone demands instant responses. No one wants to wait. Learn more about our joint solutions with NetApp and find out how flash and caching solutions can help your organization. 

 

Comments
on ‎2013-03-02 03:36 PM

How does this work with Flash accel?

on ‎2013-03-04 02:22 PM

Flash Accel software requires flash hardware in the server. Fusion's ioDrive2 is resold by NetApp to provide this home. We are working with NetApp to update the required driver for Flash Accel and will have beta available in the next two weeks. GA will follow shortly thereafter. If you have a specific requirement that requires immediate support please contact your NetApp and/or Fusion-io team for further assistance.

on ‎2013-04-06 01:22 PM

What is the difference between Flash Accel and  ioTurbine. When should I consider using the former versus the latter ?

on ‎2013-04-09 08:33 AM

Hi Glen,

It really comes down to the customer’s environment.  Below you will find the technical specs on both.  Flash Accel and ioTurbine are for virtual environments.

Flash Accel is NetApp's own host side caching software.  Flash Accel's GA date was 2/28/13.  Initially Flash Accel will support Windows 2008 with Vsphere 5.0.  Support for other guest operating systems will follow. Flash Accel will only work above NetApp storage systems.

ioTurbine is Fusion-io’s host side caching software that NetApp stocks and resells.  (Compatibility listed below)

HyperVisor:      

- VMware ESX 4.0 Update 2 and Update 3; ESX 4.1 Update 1 and Update 2

- VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 1 and Update 2; ESXi 5.0, ESXi 5.1

Supported Guest  VMs:               

- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (x64) (all service packs)

- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32 and 64 bit)

- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 (32 and 64 bit)

- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 (32 and 64 bit)

- Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.6, 5.7, 5.8 (64 bit)

- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP1 (64 bit)

Infrastructure:   - VMware vCenter Server 4.x, 5.0


Storage Systems: - All major vendors supported

Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Ed



on ‎2014-01-21 06:22 AM

Hi gentlemen,

I'm trying to figure out either or not an iodrive2 could be sold as is (standalone piece of hardware) or alternatively mandatory be sold with a companion software (like ioTurbine, FashAccel or other)?

I well understand that Flash Accel could be used to transform an iodrive2 in a cache for NetApp storage.

I also understand that IOTurbine need an iodrive2 to works.

However, is it possible to use an iodrive ALONE (like an electronic RAM disk?) without adding either Flash Accel or ioTurbine?

Regards

Bernie

NetApp Employee on ‎2014-01-23 10:49 AM

Hi Bernard,

Yes an ioDrive2 can be used by itself (as a flash DAS) in addition to being used with ioTurbine or Flash Accel.  As a standalone, ioDrive2 acts like a primary storage (just like a server HDD or SSD drive).  With server cache software (like ioTurbine or Flash Accel), ioDrive2 becomes a cache for the backend network storage so that primary data lives on the backend storage.

Hope this helps.

-Angela,

on ‎2014-01-24 12:19 AM

Hi Angela,

Many thanks,

This clarify greatly.

BTW: (I'm working for NetApp distributor and) I searched NetApp IMT tool (Interoperability Matrix Tool) but don't found any compatibility matrix for ioDrive2 support as a flash DAS against various Operating systems. Can you give some directions?

Best regards

Bernard

NetApp Employee on ‎2014-01-24 02:56 PM

Hi Bernard,

Since the DAS use case does not involve backend storage, we don't list it in our IMT.  Instead, we refer customers to Fusion IO's HCL where they list all of their models and compatible drivers and OS. 

-Angela,

on ‎2014-01-24 07:56 PM

Hi gentlemen,

I'm trying to figure out either or not an iodrive2 could be sold as is (standalone piece of hardware) or alternatively mandatory be sold with a companion software (like ioTurbine, FashAccel or other)?

I well understand that Flash Accel could be used to transform an iodrive2 in a cache for NetApp storage.

I also understand that IOTurbine need an iodrive2 to works.

However, is it possible to use an iodrive ALONE (like an electronic RAM disk?) without adding either Flash Accel or ioTurbine?

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on ‎2014-01-27 04:29 AM

Thanks Angela.

I will have a took at.

Regards

Bernard