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1 Building a cost-effective and high-performing public cloud Sander Cruiming, founder Cloud Provider 1

2 Agenda Introduction of Cloud Provider Overview of our previous cloud architecture Challenges of that architecture due to evolving cloud market and clients needs How we build an improved cloud architecture Comparison between the old and new setup 2

3 Introduction: Company Cloud hosting and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider in the Netherlands Founded in 2008, spin-off from a shared hosting provider 2 products, both pay-as-you-go: Cloud Servers Cloud Apps Cloud platform is build using KVM 3

4 Introduction: Differentiation Localized: support in Dutch, datacenter in Amsterdam Ease of use & simplicity: in-house developed management portal with value-added tools Good performance/cost ratio: cloud based on SSD caching & Infiniband and low-latency network starting at 13,25 euro per month 4

5 Introduction: Clients More than 500 clients and resellers Focus on developers, webhosts & ISP s, e-commerce, high-traffic sites Federation with other cloud providers to buy/sell eachother s cloud capacity References: 5

6 Introduction: Cloud portal 6

7 Introduction: Cloud portal 7

8 Previous cloud architecture (1) 4 layers: storage, hypervisors, management, backup Hypervisors were connected with SAN using iscsi over gigabit ethernet Storage VLAN: Bonding 4 network interfaces for SAN, 2 interfaces for each hypervisor to increase bandwidth 3 additional VLANs: public network, internal management network, and backup network 8

9 Previous cloud architecture (2) Internal management network Internet Router Hypervisors SAN Control servers Backup SAN Public network Storage network Backup network 9

10 Cloud market evolving Explosion of interest and adoption since 2011 Number of clients growing, current clients deploy more and larger VMs Expected cloud market growth from US$70.1 billion in 2012 to US$158.8 billion in 2014 Different workloads are deployed nowadays Beside test/dev, also production environments The rise of big data / high transaction volume applications and databases 10

11 Clients higher demands Better reliability & availability Higher performance & lower latency External: internet connectivity between client and the cloud Internal: connection between hypervisor and SAN, local network Competitive pricing 11

12 Challenges of previous cloud architecture (1) Internal storage network became a performance bottleneck Clients experienced higher latency (iowait) Storage performance was inconsistent Creating backups (snapshots) took too much time Only 30 VMs per hypervisor to keep performance under control (= lower ROI) Difficult to manage and scale due to large number of networks and cables 12

13 Challenges of previous cloud architecture (2) 13

14 Alternative interconnects (1) Faster alternatives to gigabit iscsi: Fibrechannel, 10 Gig-E iscsi, Infiniband Important selection criteria: Performance Congestion control & low latency Scalability Easy to manage Density: number of VMs per hypervisor Cost 14

15 Alternative interconnects (2) Host connectivity performance Number of ports Cost switch Cost adapter card in hypervisor Quality of Service 1 Gb iscsi ethernet 2 Gb/s 5x NIC 2000 euro (24 ports) (included) 10 Gb iscsi ethernet 10 Gb/s 1x HBA + 1x NIC euro (16 ports) 530 euro Fibrechannel 2 Gb/s 1x HBA + 1x NIC 3000 euro (18 ports) 175 euro Infiniband 40 Gb/s 1x HCA 3500 euro (18 ports) 500 euro 15

16 Infiniband selected (1) Low latency: < 1 usec end-to-end High performance: 40 Gb/s host connectivity Consolidation: multiple fabrics on single cable Up to 8 virtual lanes No interdependency between between different traffic flows Highly scalable: tens of nodes possible Best performance/cost ratio 16

17 Infiniband selected (2) Other cloud providers are using Infiniband successfully: 17

18 Infiniband selected (3) Mellanox InfiniScaleo IV QDR InfiniBand Switch, 18 QSFP ports Mellanox MHQH19B-XTR ConnectX-2 VPI adapter card single-port 40Gb/s QSFP, PCIe2.0 x8 5.0GT/s 18

19 New cloud architecture Infiniband switch 1 Internet Router Hypervisors SAN Control servers Backup SAN Infiniband switch 2 19

20 Results of new cloud architecture (1) Hdparm - timing buffered disk reads: Old setup: MB/sec New setup: MB/sec Seeker - random access time: Old setup: ms New setup: ms 20

21 Results of new cloud architecture (2) Larger number of VMs per hypervisor: Old setup: 30 VMs in average New setup: up to 120 VMs in average Duration for backup creation largely reduced Provisioning a new VM is faster Easier to manage, smaller amount of cables 21

22 Results of new cloud architecture (3) Quote from one of our clients: We develop high-traffic business websites with the Drupal CMS. On the old platform, we experienced disk performance issues, as Drupal needs fast storage access for a large number of MySQL database queries and for file-based caching. The new cloud platform based on Infiniband has given a great performance boost to our clients' websites, making us and our clients happier. - Rick Bosscher, General Manager, Dycon.nl 22

23 Thank you! Questions? 23

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