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Virtual Servers & VM's (Virtual Machines) are instantly deployable, flexible & scalability to your needs with your choice of Operating System, including 24x7 support.

Virtual Servers and Virtual Hard-Drives instant scalability make this an increasingly more popular product. Virtual Hardrives can be resized while in productions without data loss; making this flexible storage platform ideal for data migration.

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Why  VMware    and    not    (yet)    Hyper-­‐V? 


With previous CloudFounders software we used to support both hypervisors – Hyper-­‐V and VMware; however in the vRun setup VMware is offering some clear advantages:

Performance:   

vRun is installed as a virtual machine on the hypervisor. With our storage technology, we use “Direct IO Path” OR Raw Device Mapping” (aka Disk Pass-­‐through in Hyper-­‐V) to control the underlying hardware like CPU, Memory, most importantly Storage (i.e. rotational disks-­‐SAS or SATA) along with Cache accelerator (SSDs or FusionIO) and form a storage pool for VMs.

With VMware, we found to have much better performance and better options available. For e.g. the driver versions that are available for VMware performs much better compared to Hyper-­‐V and due to this we could achieve higher IOPS. Also, features like the IO controller allows us to define IOPS per disk even using very basic version of VMware (Essential Kit).

Integration: 

Like the VMWare Essentials Kit, Hyper-­‐V also has a bare metal version which is called the “Hyper-­‐V” Core (with bare minimum windows kernel); however the management of this version is very complex compared to VMware. In order to get around this, the other available options is to install full blown Windows OS with the Hyper-­‐V role (which requires a good amount of memory and CPU for that host). With the VMware Essentials Kit (which is a subset of the Enterprise version), we are able to do a greater level of API integration. Additionally, cost factors come into play. Some specific versions of Hyper-­‐V limit you on a per VM basis. VMware has their licensing policy based on number of CPU sockets per host – a VMware Essentials Kit supports 3 physical hosts (each one with 2 CPU sockets) and sells for
$560 along with one year support which is far more economical than Hyper-­‐V. To keep our overall per VM cost very low compared to others and yet offer enterprise class virtualization experience, we decided to put major efforts on VMware integration. We do have plans to support Hyper-­‐V but it’s not on priority list for now.

We follow the VMware upgrade path. Our current vRun version 3.5 works with VMware 5.1. and our vRun version 3.5.1 will be certified for VMware 5.5 which is their most recent version.

 

Old Way (the Con's)
The Challenge

As an IT service provider, you see great opportunity in providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and complex managed hosting to your customers. However, the cost of doing this by integrating different appliances (servers, storage, storage networking, SSD caching, backup and replication), makes profit margins too low for the time and effort you’ll spend keeping the system operational.

    Complexity:
  • Managing storage growth
  • Designing, deploying and managing overall cloud infrastructure
  • Designing, deploying and managing backups, recovery and archive solutions
  • Designing, deploying and managing DR
  • Managing external cloud service providers
  • Design and Planning:
  • Need to entirely re-train the IT teams for cloud computing skills
  • Convincing higher management to adopt cloud
  • Migrating to a highly virtualized cloud environment requires a considerable amount of technology and business planning
  • Conventional storage systems are not built to provide the sustainable IOPS needed to handle boot storms for VDI implementations
  • Fibre Channel connections dominate the large SAN market; they are beyond the means of most small and medium businesses
  • Due to scalability issues in conventional SANs, must purchase extra capacity for future needs, resulting in a higher capital expense and unused resources
  • Complex manual assessment procedures before moving to IaaS (data assessment, classifications, etc.)
  • Monitoring and Management:
  • Well-structured group of in-house storage and network experts is required to monitor and manage multi-vendor cloud infrastructure
  • Multi-vendor scenario leads to multiple monitoring consoles
  • Alerting is often complex, which leads to internal alert consolidation and an add-on/separate alert management solution
  • Independent Backup and DR Strategy:
  • Specialized applications to back up cloud infrastructure on external storage
  • Additional copies leads to more storage and management overheads
  • Conventional SANs require a separate system for data backup and another mechanism for replicating data offsite for disaster recovery purposes
  • Specialized backup and DR strategy required to achieve maximum uptime
  • Multi-vendor scenario often leads to compatibility issues and lengthy downtimes when recovering
  • Reliability and Security:
  • Application data must always be available, even when it becomes inactive
  • Expensive failover replicas of current infrastructure is often passive (no production use)
  • Majority of redundancy is implemented on the hardware level
  • In RAID-based systems, larger disks are prone to corruption, and moving volumes and connecting iSCSI targets is complex. RAID needs a replication mechanism to deal with node-level failure. RAID also needs more resources and slows down system performance during rebuild cycles.
  • Every additional copy of data leads to storage overheads and opens new security threat
  • Performance Obstacles:
  • 70-80% of data in storage is inactive and is barely accessed after 30–90 days
  • Hard Disk Drives (HDD) are unable to serve the performance demand of high-end applications in proportion to increasing CPU and memory capacity
  • HDD are great for writing large blocks of data to the disk, but are prone to failure when dealing with large, random read cycles
  • Solid State Drives (SSD) handle random read cycles well (outperforming HDDs), but their performance degrades on large write cycles, due to write endurance issues
  • Conventional storage is not built to provide the sustainable IOPS needed for VDI
  • Fibre Channel connections are beyond the means of most SMBs

New Way (The Pro's)
How does vRun make IaaS and infrastructure hosting easier and more profitable?

    Rapid Deployment and System Automation:
  • vRun requires no special skills.
  • Basic vCPU and VM memory based on recommended VMware standards.
  • Data growth vs. performance optimization.
  • vRun intelligent storage architecture provides storage tier automation.
  • vRun Storage system evaluates data importance/access to optimize performance and capacity.
  • High-Performance Modular Storage Architecture:
  • vRun uses a sophisticated multi-tier caching principle to increase performance of your Storage Cluster.
  • Data migrates across chache tiers based on access frequency.
  • vRun modular storage architecture comprises an SSD tier for read and write cache (dedicated) and SATA tier for inactive/infrequently used data.
  • vRun records each block with metadata about what was written, when it was written, frequency of access, associated volumes, retention policy, etc.
  • Unlike the traditional/manual tiered storage, rather than moving entire files, it moves data at the block level to the optimal tier for improved performance.
  • The most frequently used data is moved to SSDs, while inactive data is moved to SATA tier for optimal use of tiered storage without manual data classification/migration.
  • vRun deduplicates cached data from multiple virtual machines. This improves the efficiency of the cache and increases cache capacity.
  • Inbuilt Backup, DR and Replication:
  • vRun generates zero-copy backup snapshots every 15 minutes.
  • At any given point, only a single copy of actual data is maintained.
  • Block-level WAN replication is built-in at the storage level.
  • With multi-point replication, a high uptime DR strategy can be deployed easily.
  • Secure and Reliable:
  • vRun intelligent storage system keeps all data constantly accessible, with the most frequently data on faster SSD drives and inactive data on SATA drives.
  • A secondary setup can be used for both replication and as production infrastructure for a secondary site.
  • Storage system provides multiple failover points to handle disk failures, VM rollback, test cloning, etc.
  • Intelligent distributed storage is capable of detecting errors and self-healing dynamically.
  • Data is distributed in multiple chunks that only the vRun storage can decode. Thus, no additional security is needed if data remains on-premise.
  • Dramatically Lower Costs:
  • vRun can reduce hardware and operating costs by as much as 50%.
  • vRun realizes savings in administration, power, cooling and data center infrastructure.
  • Faster and increased return on investment for the vRun solution.
  • Boost Utilization and Handle Future Growth:
  • vRun solution aggregates server resources into pools that can reliably support boot storms and I/O blenders with a converged infrastructure capable of delivering up to 40,000 IOPS to host multiple VMs.
  • Because a vRun solution eliminates the need to dedicate a physical server to each workload, organizations can more effectively monitor growth in utilized capacity and strategically plan for additional capacity to meet future business needs.
  • Significantly Improved Administration and Provisioning:
  • Server consolidation and containment with vRun software reduces data center complexity.
  • The single pane of glass vRun management console simplifies and centralizes the monitoring and management.
  • vRun virtual machine deployment is as easy as copying software files. Deploying new workloads using pre-defined OS templates takes minutes, instead of days.
  • A vRun solution streamlines and eliminates common administrative tasks, such enabling IT to manage a growing server environment with existing resources.



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