1 SimpliVity Simplifies IT First and only to provide the Best of Both Worlds: x86 Cloud Economics without compromising Enterprise Capabilities t with its Revolutionary HyperConvergence Solution Abstract SimpliVity is the only hyperconverged infrastructure platform that offers the best of both worlds: x86 Cloud Economics with Enterprise capabilities: Data Protection, Data Efficiency; Performance and Global Unified Management. The key is the realization that 20th Century data architecture is ill suited for 21st century Enterprise IT needs. SimpliVity s Data Virtualization Platform is the key to Simplifying IT. A novel global data architecture. DATA CENTER SOLUTIONS For More Information: (866) December 2014
2 Contents 1. SimpliVity Company Overview and Vision The Data Problem The Legacy Stack Does Not Solve the Data Problem SimpliVity s Solution: HyperConvergence SimpliVity s Technology: Data Virtualization Platform Accelerated, Global PreDupe TM Global Unified Management Path to HyperConvergence Summary... 20
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4 1. SimpliVity Company Overview and Vision SimpliVity was founded in 2009 with a mission to simplify IT. Specifically, SimpliVity s intention has been to deliver to customers the best of both worlds: x86 Cloud Economics Enterprise Capabilities o High Performance o Data Protection o Data Efficiency o Global Unified Management These dual goals required three and a half years of development in stealth before OmniCube was made generally available in April The underlying assumption has been that 20 th century architecture is illsuited for 21 st century needs, giving rise to the proliferation of specialty point solutions and appliances. A new data architecture is required in order to assimilate all enterprise functionality - well beyond just compute and storage - on x86 commodity servers. As the core data architecture technically cannot be added or altered after the fact, SimpliVity spent the necessary time and resources developing purpose-built code in-house, developing a tangible, differentiated and sustainable competitive advantage. Figure 1 - SimpliVity Overview The competitive advantage that SimpliVity has built with its technology, combined with a strong market and pent-up customer demand both elements respectively discussed in detail later in this paper have led to great customer momentum in SimpliVity s relatively short presence in the market so far. SimpliVity has raised a total of $101M in three rounds of funding by top-tier venture capital firms including Accel Partners, Charles River Ventures, DFJ, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Growth and Meritech Capital Partners. These venture firms have previously backed successful companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, and others. Specifically, John Doerr, venerated venture capitalist from Kleiner Perkins called SimpliVity: the greatest innovation since VMware.
5 SimpliVity s Vision is simple in concept: Figure 2 - SimpliVity Vision SimpliVity will provide all IT infrastructure below the hypervisor, anywhere, on commodity x86, replacing the legacy IT infrastructure of the past. Since launching the first product OmniCube, powered by SimpliVity OmniStack technology in early 2013, SimpliVity has experienced rapid customer adoption and world-class channel development. We already have hundreds of customers deployed in production and hundreds of channel partners globally, and we ve won awards that are more typical of larger companies, such as VMworld Gold in 2013 for best product in storage and backup. Customers are responding to SimpliVity s vision in resounding fashion. They have bought into
6 SimpliVity s vision and hyperconvergence as the solution that can solve the challenges they re facing. Figure 3 Customer Momentum SimpliVity is experiencing rapid customer adoption across verticals and customer segments. At the large end, SimpliVity has such household names as T-Systems and MLB Networks. In the mid-market, SimpliVity is seeing great success across verticals; including financial institutions, manufacturing, local municipalities, healthcare providers, retailers, and universities, among others. SimpliVity has shipped over 1,000 systems globally to approximately 250 unique customers, globally. In fact, many of SimpliVity s customers commit whole-heartedly to the SimpliVity vision. They typically
7 run all of their applications exclusively on SimpliVity systems across numerous sites. Figure 4 Customer Commitment to SimpliVity When TechValidate surveyed SimpliVity s customer base, it found that 65% of SimpliVity customers run 100% of their IT on SimpliVity Technology. Furthermore, it shows that they are running their missioncritical applications on SimpliVity, such as banking ATM or emergency response and dispatch systems (911, etc.). The number of customers and systems shipped, alongside the commitment with which customers transition to SimpliVity, has produced fairly staggering results for SimpliVity in this relatively early stage of its development as an organization. At the same time as experiencing great customer momentum, SimpliVity is also receiving accolades from the press and analysts in the form of awards and recognition:
8 Figure 5 Awards and Recognition 2. The Data Problem Today s Enterprise IT infrastructure is a picture of complexity. Customers buy and integrate numerous products, for different functions, from as many vendors, each with different management screens, training courses, licensing, refresh cycles, and modes of operation. The root of the problem is the 20 th century data architecture that was not designed to deal with the volumes of data and associated challenges of capacity, mobility, protection, performance and global unified management. Some assume that the Web 2.0 companies solved their own IT infrastructure challenges in a manner that is transferrable and applicable in the normal Enterprise. This is far from the truth. Web 2.0 companies deployed rudimentary infrastructure in support of super-applications. Enterprises need super-infrastructure in support of rudimentary applications. Fundamentally, enterprise IT organizations run their environments and their infrastructure differently than the web 2.0 companies that have been dominating the headlines over the last couple of years. All applications require four critical capabilities: Data protection and availability, performance, data efficiency and global unified management.
9 Figure 6 Web 2.0 The web 2.0 or web-scale applications have built their own enterprise capabilities namely, protection, availability and performance into the application itself. Why? The application is the business. Netflix s business, for example, revolves almost exclusively around the application itself. There is really only one application that matters what SimpliVity refers to as the Super App. This application provides its own capabilities and does not need to rely on the underlying infrastructure. At the same time, certain capabilities like data efficiency (the deduplication, compression and optimization of data across various media, lifecycle phases and locations) and global unified management are not as critical in the Web 2.0 world, as they can continue to provision more and more commodity hardware resources. Enterprises are not the same. For enterprises, the application is not the business. Instead, applications support the business. And often, there are 100s or 1000s of different applications to support banks, manufacturing companies, a hospital or local municipality, for example. Some of these applications are common (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, etc.) and some are home grown. Importantly, Enterprise customers prefer to apply common standards and processes for all of their applications. Whenever possible, these organizations will invest in Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications. These applications typically, by design, do not have the enterprise infrastructure capabilities built in. They were written to rely on the underlying infrastructure.
10 Figure 7 Web 2.0 vs. Enterprise IT IT organizations are asked by their business constituents to maintain service level agreements and provide new innovation, while budgets remain flat. It s the proverbial do more with less. Not only is data growing exponentially to 40 zettabytes by 2020, according to IDC but we must do more with this data than ever before. Ensure high performance for mission-critical applications. Provide mobility across data centers and remote offices. Integrate data protection. Offer streamlined management to reduce operational expense. These growing demands, and the simultaneous business goals to reduce cost and increase agility and flexibility have led IT organizations to purchase, integrate and deploy numerous infrastructure products that offer protection, performance, data efficiency and global unified management, across their sites and in support of their numerous applications. Virtualization starts to solve the problem at the server level. But IT organizations are still handcuffed by the Data Problem.
11 Figure 8 A Picture of Today s Data Center A snapshot of today s IT environment is one of complexity, cost and inflexibility that inhibit IT staff from effectively supporting the business. 1. Inability to Innovate: An estimated 70% of the time, IT employees are just keeping the lights on by conducting maintenance, upgrades, patches, etc., and only 30% are they building new innovation or engaging in new projects that will push the business forward. 2. Complexity and Decreasing Employee Productivity: The typical datacenter faces the complex challenges of assimilating many different IT stacks, including primary storage, servers, backup deduplication appliances, WAN optimization appliances, SSD acceleration arrays, public cloud gateways, backup applications, replication applications, and other special purpose appliances and software applications. IT staff must somehow cobble them together but it inevitably results in poor utilization, idle resources, and high labor costs. 3. Multiple points of management: Many modern infrastructures require dedicated staff with specialized training to manage the interface of each stand-alone appliance. 4. Limited data mobility: As organization move to virtualization, they are presented with the benefits of VM mobility. VMs can be shifted from server to server or data center to data center using tools like VMware vmotion. But, in today s IT infrastructure, the data associated with the VM is still limited in its mobility. 5. Inflexible Scaling up and down: Predicting infrastructure requirements three years into the future is not practical or efficient. Datacenter managers need a solution that can scale out with growing demand without increased complexity. Similarly, the ability to quickly scale down infrastructure or rebalance workloads is time consuming and difficult. 6. Poor IT and Business Agility: The complexities of legacy infrastructure place a burden on IT teams in day to day management. The inherent inflexible nature of these technologies also burden IT teams, and therefore the business, in their ability to quickly roll out new applications or build new capabilities that that the business requires. More technically, there are also restrictions on legacy infrastructure ability to restore, replicate, and clone data both locally and to remote datacenters in an efficient manner at scale. This introduces economical limitations in terms of sought data management and protection practices. 7. Cost: Highly functional and high performance data storage is dependent on an expensive stack of technologies from storage area network (SAN) or Network Attached Storage (NAS), to target
12 backup devices, to WAN optimization appliances, to traditional standalone servers, both in terms of capital expense (CAPEX) and operational expense (OPEX). This complexity has been borne from necessity. Enterprises require critical capabilities and previously, this was the only way to ensure these capabilities were available. Figure 9 - Today's Complex Collection of Data Center Technologies 3. The Legacy Stack Does Not Solve the Data Problem Approximately disparate products are required in order to deliver critical enterprise capabilities. Each of those products is purchased from different vendors, each requires training of IT professionals, and each is managed from separate management screen. Over the last 15 years, there was a marked proliferation of appliances and point solutions whereby each only addressed a singular problem. Such appliances all address aspects of the Data Problem. They fall into 3 sub-categories: data efficiency, data protection, and performance. 1. Data Efficiency appliances: a. The cost of the WAN was one significant problem, so some companies offered an appliance to address the traffic on the WAN. Effectively, these appliances deduplicate, compress and optimize data over the WAN. Data protection was another problem, so another company proposed a different appliance to deduplicate, compress and optimize the local and remote data backup issue. When public cloud came into play, another product, from yet another vendor, was necessary to deduplicate, compress and optimize data for the public cloud.
13 b. So now we have three different products to deduplicate, compress and optimize data at different stages of the data s lifecycle. These different technologies each addressed a symptom of the underlying problem, but none of them addresses it at the root cause. 2. Data Performance Appliances and sub-systems: a. Efficient Solid State Disk (SSD) arrays became a point of contention. Why the need? It s because of the I/O gap: density of the hard disk drive (HDD) the most prevalent hardware technology in the data center has increased about 300-fold during the past decade, yet the Input / Output per Second (IOPS) increased only 1.5x, thus giving rise to a significant discrepancy between HDD density and performance. b. As a result of the I/O gap, IOPS have become one of the most expensive resources in the data center. SSD arrays, SSD caching, SSD drives in the server and SSD drives in storage arrays have all been added to the data-center, in order to address the IOPS problem. Most of these SSD arrays and sub-systems are accompanied by deduplication and/or compression technologies. And despite the rumors of cost reduction, SSD drives are still approximately 10x more expensive than HDD, making them cost-prohibitive for most enterprises at any scale. Figure 10 The I/O Gap 3. Data Protection appliances: a. As requirements for protecting data increased over the past decade, a slew of data protection, restoration, and disaster recovery appliances and applications emerged. In some data centers, customers often have numerous data protection products from various vendors, typically at least one for tier one applications, and another for tier 2 and/or VMware environments. Over time, IT organizations have invested these different point technologies to address aspects or symptoms of the Data Problem. These are bought from and supported by many different vendors, and managed from as many different management consoles. SimpliVity refers to this as the Legacy Stack.
14 With these multiple points of management came the requirement of having dedicated staff with specialized training to maintain the interface of each stand-alone appliance and that IT reality required ever-increasing Capital Expense (CAPEX) and Operational Expense (OPEX). Figure 11: The Legacy Stack The 20 th century design that most customer have implemented today, is now obsolete. Moreover, this amalgamation of products must be supported by as many vendors, each trying to get their piece of the pie. Customers need a new design for the new century; one that solves the data problem by providing the best of both worlds: Figure 12: The SimpliVity Advantage
15 4. SimpliVity s Solution: HyperConvergence SimpliVity s solution is the revolutionary hyperconverged platform a scalable, modular, 2U building block of x86 resources that offers all the functionality of traditional IT infrastructure in one device. It is an all-in-one, IT infrastructure platform that assimilates storage, compute, networking, hypervisor, real-time deduplication, compression, and optimization along with powerful data management, data protection, and disaster recovery capabilities. SimpliVity s hyperconverged platform includes three fundamental elements: 1. OmniStack, the foundational software, delivers the critical enterprise capabilities: performance, data efficiency, data protection, and global unified management. 2. The OmniStack Accelerator Card is a PCIe card with an FPGA and NVRAM, protected with super capacitors. It provides data processing at near-wire speeds, delivering enterprise-class performance and reduced latency by deduplicating, compressing and optimizing all data inline, at inception, once and forever. 3. The hardware platform. Today, SimpliVity technology is delivered in two form factors: a. OmniCube is an elegant 2U building block based on x86 industry-standard systems containing compute, memory, SSDs, HDDs, and 10GbE interfaces that can be clustered in an efficient scale-out manner. b. Cisco UCS: At VMworld San Francisco in August, 2014, SimpliVity and Cisco announced a new joint partnership and solution, leveraging SimpliVity s software and Accelerator Card and Cisco s server UCS platform. The benefits delivered by this solution framework include performance acceleration by eliminating redundant IOPS, capacity optimization, and WAN optimization through the deletion of redundant data sent between data centers and remote offices. The solution delivers the best of both worlds: x86 cloud economics with critical enterprise capabilities. SimpliVity refers to this level integration as Hyperconvergence. Hyperconvergence has a few critical design elements: 1. The solution is designed for high availability with no single point of failure. 2. Scale-out: new systems should be seamlessly added into the network, adding linear performance and capacity 3. Global Unified Management: all resources should be managed from the same pane of glass, globally. 4. TCO savings: the solution should provide at least 3x Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) savings when compared to the traditional infrastructure legacy stack. 5. Operational Efficiency: the solution should tie back to SimpliVity s vision to Simplify IT, which includes not only the hardware and software, but also the operational elements from provisioning, to backup and restore, to ongoing management and maintenance. If we revisit the picture of complexity as explained above, we can demonstrate how the SimpliVity solution can solve those challenges.
16 We start by introducing the OmniCube and the OmniStack Accelerator Card, offering Accelerated, Global PreDupe. Figure 13: SimpliVity Introduces Global, Accelerated PreDupe The ultimate result is the SimpliVity global federation, a network of SimpliVity OmniCubes offering all of the benefits of hyperconvergence and the Best of Both Worlds. Figure 14: The SimpliVity Solution: Hyperconvergence 5. SimpliVity s Technology: Data Virtualization Platform The Data Virtualization Platform is SimpliVity s critical enabling technology that ultimately produces the Hyperconvergence solution delivered to customers in the form of OmniCube or OmniStack-powered Cisco UCS.
17 Figure 15: SimpliVity s Data Virtualization Platform Produces Hyperconvergence 5.1 Accelerated, Global PreDupe TM The core technology that performs inline data deduplication, compression, and optimization on all data at inception across all phases of the data lifecycle (primary, backup, WAN, archive, and on the cloud), across all tiers within a system (DRAM, Flash/SSD, and HDD), all handled with fine data granularity of just 4KB-8KB. Why is this needed? Most systems deduplicate at one phase of the data life cycle. By definition, this deduplication has happened after some other event. It could be: Post-process deduplication: data is first written to disk, and then deduplicated after the fact. Inline deduplication in a storage system: data is first written by the application to the server, then transferred over a SAN or NAS to the array. Inline deduplication in a backup system: data is first written to servers and storage before backed up and deduplicated on the backup appliance. Deduplication in the WAN optimization device, in the cloud gateway, in the all-flash array, etc. These forms of deduplication always incur some sort of penalty or tax. For example: Post-process deduplication requires sufficient space up front to first ingest the data before deduplicating. Post-process deduplication requires additional IOPS to write the data, then read the data to perform the deduplication, and then write it again in deduplicated form. Post-process deduplication requires additional WAN bandwidth to transfer the blocks over the wire before deduplication occurs. Inline deduplication imposes a performance penalty on production VMs as it requires CPU and Memory resources.
18 With SimpliVity s Accelerated, Global PreDupe, SimpliVity is able to provide all of the benefits of deduplication, without the penalties. In order to achieve deduplicate, compress and optimize data before it ever hits the disk, SimpliVity developed the OmniStack Accelerator Card, a PCIe card with an FPGA and NVRAM, protected with super capacitors. This architecture allows data processing at near-wire speeds, delivering enterprise-class performance and reducing latency. All data is deduplicated, compressed and optimized, before it ever hits a hard disk. This is critical. Not only does this save capacity and prevent administrators from over-provisioning hardware, it also increases performance? Why? Because it eliminates IOPS. As duplicate writes come into the system, they never touch a hard disk. The Accelerator Card deduplicates the writes, acknowledges the writes in real time back to the application, and updates the metadata table. The hard disk is never touched. There is no longer a need to have separate devices for WAN optimization, backup deduplication, or cloud gateways. The OmniCube can securely connect to Amazon and also backup and restore to the Amazon cloud using just our system. We require fewer SSDs in the system than legacy devices as writes will have already been deduplicated. There are many added protection capabilities, and additional OmniCubes can be implemented for even higher efficiency and availability. So now we have combined, or hyperconverged, all the functionalities that are associated with storage, data, and data movement. 5.2 Global Unified Management The second critical element of the Data Virtualization Platform is global unified management an intelligent network of collaborative systems that provides massive scale-out capabilities and VM-centric management through a single unified interface for the entire global infrastructure, the federation. A key differentiator for SimpliVity is that the Graphical User Interface (GUI) is fully integrated with VMware vcenter as a plug-in. A single administrator can manage all aspects of the global SimpliVity federation from within vcenter, a tool that all VMware administrators already know and use regularly. Figure 16: Global Unified Management With SimpliVity, administrators can easily view and manage applications as well as VMs using simple operations. All analysis, reporting, actions, and management tasks are VM-centric to eliminate the complexity that exists between vsphere and traditional storage arrays and storage area networks. This
19 means all storage related policies, actions, and monitoring are accomplished on a per-vm basis across the multi-site federated network. One user can manage the entire global infrastructure spanning one or multiple sites through one, simple interface. Policy and automation capabilities in the management layer enable dramatic improvements in operational efficiency, productivity gains, and the simplification of IT. Examples of the easy-to-use interface, familiar to a VMware Administrator, are shown below. The Federation View shows a representation of each data center in the federation along with the connections between data centers. Note that there are several private vsphere data centers and there is one instance of an Amazon AWS public cloud that hosts the SimpliVity OmniCube for Amazon. This illustrates how customers can have a hybrid cloud deployment within the federation whereby low cost backups can be archived securely and efficiently in cloud infrastructure. Figure 17 The Federation View The result of SimpliVity s revolutionarily innovative Data Virtualization Platform is the market s most efficient infrastructure for the modern, agile datacenter a globally federated hyperconverged IT platform that enables VM-centric global management of all VMs, their data, and the underlying infrastructure. 6. Path to HyperConvergence 3.0 SimpliVity s solution is hyperconvergence, provided from its unique technological advantage in its Data Virtualization Platform. SimpliVity sees the converged infrastructure evolution as having traced the following progression. Integrated Systems (Convergence 1.0) endeavors included servers, shared storage, and a storage switch with VMware, not including data protection or data efficiency appliances. The benefits from 1.0 are reduced labor costs associated with managing the product and decreased time to deployment. However, at this stage in the evolution of convergence, there has been no real innovation. Vendors in this space merely took existing legacy stack products, and pre-integrated them in management
20 labs and reference architecture. They did nothing to fundamentally change the data architecture. Convergence 2.0 provides servers, shared storage, and a storage switch, like the Integrated Systems vendors, but with some real innovation: they created a single shared resource pool across those first three layers. The best example of convergence 2.0 is Nutanix. Nutanix refers to itself as web-scale. Nutanix builds its appliances on commodity x86 hardware, offering a low-cost, scale-out solution for the server, storage and virtualization environment. There are some cost and operational efficiencies; however, the rest of the appliances for protection and efficiency are not part of these web-scale solutions. Therefore, the Data Problem is still not addressed. SimpliVity proposes HyperConvergence 3.0, or the whole of the legacy stack in scalable, modular 2U building block on x86 resources, inclusive of servers, shared storage, a storage switch, deduplication, compression and optimization, backup, restore, disaster recovery, flash, cloud gateway, and WAN optimization, globally.. The final destination in the evolution is one that delivers true hyperconverged infrastructure, and SimpliVity is the first and only vendor executing this vision and delivering the total solution. SimpliVity refers to this as "Hyperconvergence 3.0." SimpliVity is the only vendor providing the best of both worlds: x86 cloud economics with enterprise capabilities. Figure 18 The Evolution of Convergence The leading players of the prior phases of convergence 1.0 and 2.0, VCE and Nutanix, respectively, each invested far less in their technologies until they became Generally Available (GA). VCE took about 8 months to launch their Vblock. Nutanix, approximately 18 months (founded in September 2009 and
21 announced first VDI shipment in April 2011). SimpliVity, on the other hand, invested 43 months in the delivery of its platform on GA basis. SimpliVity is the only vendor providing true hyperconvergence, which it defines as not only creating a single shared resource pool of compute and primary storage, but also encompassing all main infrastructure functions, including the enterprise capabilities of performance, protection, data efficiency (deduplication, compression and optimization; i.e. Accelerated, global PreDupe) and global unified management. The Evolution of Convergence is as follows: 1. The end-user integration of point systems (i.e. the legacy stack) provides all of the enterprise capabilities but none of the cost, efficiency, and simplicity benefits of hyperconvergence 2. The convergence 1.0 solutions, like VCE (now EMC) Vblock and FlexPod from NetApp / Cisco provide fewer enterprise capabilities (for example, backup and data efficiency products must be added separately) and are low on the spectrum of efficiency. 3. The convergence 2.0 solutions, like Nutanix, offer more integration by providing a single shared resource pool among servers and storage, but they fall down with a lack of enterprise capabilities. 4. Only SimpliVity provides the best of both worlds: hyperconvergence across the entire legacy stack with all critical enterprise capabilities. The important takeaway is not that SimpliVity has all of these features and the others don t although that is true. Instead, the important point is that SimpliVity designed with these critical capabilities in mind from its inception. The other vendors will be trying to catch up. 7. Summary Enterprise data centers require critical functionality in order to deliver IT services effectively to their stakeholders and users. In addition to rudimentary servers, storage, server virtualization and networking, numerous appliances and applications have been added in order to address: Protection, Data Efficiency (about 3-5 different deduplication/compression products for different phases of the data life-cycle); Performance and Global Unified Management. This has caused significant complexity and cost. Each technology requires support, maintenance, licensing, power, cooling not to mention a set of dedicated resources capable of administrating and maintaining the elements. CIOs want simplicity, without compromising capabilities. They are demanding increased operational efficiency and reduced Total Cost of Ownership. What is required is a combination of x86 cloud economics, without compromising Enterprise capabilities: Data Protection, Data Efficiency, Performance and Global Unified Management. SimpliVity is the first and only company to deliver the Best of Both Worlds: x86 Cloud Economics with Enterprise Capabilities. This is enabled via SimpliVity s Data Virtualization Platform. The net benefits of the SimpliVity OmniCube solution include the following:
22 Simplified IT and 3x TCO savings. Enterprise performance, reliability, and availability running on x86 commodity resources of your choice, under the virtualization and management of your choice. Global unified management. Flexibility in terms of form-factor and deployment options. Operational efficiency. Through infrastructure consolidation, increased effectiveness of both physical and human resources, and decreased complexity, SimpliVity can help organizations take on the challenges of maximizing efficiency while reducing costs. DATA CENTER SOLUTIONS For More Information: (866)
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