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1 SOFTWARE-DEFINED: MAKING CLOUDS MORE EFFICIENT Julian Chesterfield, Director of Emerging Technologies

2 DEFINING SOFTWARE DEFINED! FLEXIBILITY IN SOFTWARE Leveraging commodity CPU cycles to provide traditional hardware functions VLANs in software IP firewalls/routers, VPN gateways - i.e. common network functions Storage SAN/NAS in software using commodity drives Transition from bare metal to virtualized servers Hardware purchasing becomes orthogonal to service capabilities Best of breed hardware platforms Commoditizing network infrastructure No hardware vendor lock-in 2

3 SOFTWARE DEFINED TRILOGY COMPUTE, NETWORK AND STORAGE Hyper-Convergence! Compute STORAGE Network 3 Storage

4 THE ROLE OF STANDARDS HOW DO THESE TECHNOLOGIES INTEROPERATE? Software defined compute standards OVF standard for portable VMs libvirt for standardized control interface Software defined networking standards ONF organization standardizing openflow Software defined storage standards No real standardization for the control layer Virtualised block IO storage interfaces (SCSI, iscsi, virtio, blkfront) Network attached storage interfaces (NFS, CIFS) Object storage (S3) ETSI NFV working groups 4

5 SOFTWARE DEFINED CONTROL IS GREAT, BUT WHAT ABOUT PERFORMANCE.? 5

6 SOFTWARE DEFINED PERFORMANCE COST SOFTWARE CONTROL PERFORMANCE CHALLENGES Software defined frameworks provide great flexibility but often compromise on performance Hyper-converged systems in particular become very inefficient in driving hardware performance Network processors heading towards 100GBit/s NICs NVMe flash can now achieve up to 16GB/s throughput (16 lanes) But all on a converged appliance hosting multitenant VM workloads? 6

7 CONTROLLING PERFORMANCE TODAY S APPROACH Just throw more CPU at it CPU core density continues to rise Cost per core is dropping Unfortunately, more cores doesn t mean a linear scale improvement! Realizing many core performance requires intelligent programming and configuration NUMA awareness Smart location of compute tasks across cache coherent cores 7

8 PROCESSOR EFFICIENCY THE RISE OF DARK SILICON Transistor density continues to scale, while power consumption and clock speed do not Dark silicon: The percentage of silicon on a processor that can t be powered up s Source: The free lunch is over Herb Sutter 8

9 THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT, THE FUTURE IS HYBRID! 9

10 THE RISE OF SPECIALIZED PROCESSORS OFFLOADING SPECIFIC TASKS IN SPECIALIZED HARDWARE FPGA processors with coherent memory access Emerging co-processor architectures (e.g. Intel Knights Landing) GPU accelerators Smart Network cards with SR-IOV support 10

11 UTILIZING SPECIALIZED HARDWARE COMBINING SOFTWARE DEFINED FLEXIBILITY WITH HARDWARE ACCELERATION Offloading compute intensive tasks to hardware Network processing functions (firewalls, DPI, VxLAN tunnelling etc..) Inline encryption/decryption (VPN, secure data streams) Network and storage virtualization in hardware (SR- IOV virtual functions, storage volume management and device virtualization, DPDK) But using dynamically programmable hardware Tasks can be accelerated in hardware if supported or handled on general purpose compute cores if not 11

12 WHERE DOES ONAPP FIT INTO THIS? 12

13 ONAPP SOFTWARE DEFINED COMPUTE ORCHESTRATION AND HYPERVISOR MANAGEMENT OnApp is the engine that enables over 30% of public cloud providers today Supporting server deployment as: Multi-tenant VMs on hypervisors (KVM, Xen, ESX) Single-tenant VMs on a hypervisor (Smart Server) with direct hardware access Bare metal compute nodes Access to federated cloud resources from a single control panel 13

14 ONAPP SOFTWARE DEFINED STORAGE DISTRIBUTED STORAGE TECHNOLOGY Pool together your direct attached storage drives across your hypervisors Distributed software defined storage High availability with replicated data across the nodes Localized workload placement for best IO performance Thin provisioning, overcommit, tiered performance across the same infrastructure ocal cache device for super-fast IO cached reads and writes NEW: Disaster Recovery as a Service leveraging federated cloud resources and wide area block storage replication 14

15 INTRODUCING THE ONAPP EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES LAB BRINGING RESEARCH TO PRODUCTION CLOUDS Advanced projects on hardware assisted security Secure boot EMERGING TECHNOLOG Trusted workload execution Fully integrated Software Defined Network support Fast and efficient Network function virtualization on commodity hypervisors Network overlay orchestration between Hypervisors Next generation multi-core ARM MicroServer architectures in the data centre New Hypervisor architecture to support the next generation of software defined services with native performance execution 15

16 THANKS! COME AND VISIT OUR BOOTH E01 - IN THE CENTRE OF THE EXHIBITION HALL AND DON T MISS OUR DRINKS RECEPTION WITH DELL ON RIGHT NOW!

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