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IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator

IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator

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Learn about IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator. IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator even makes it possible to virtualize high-performance applications that were previously unable to be virtualized due to performance and system overhead concerns. For more information on IBM FlashSystem, visit http://ibm.co/10KodHl.

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Learn about IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator. IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator even makes it possible to virtualize high-performance applications that were previously unable to be virtualized due to performance and system overhead concerns. For more information on IBM FlashSystem, visit http://ibm.co/10KodHl.

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Published by: IBM India Smarter Computing on Mar 06, 2014
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IBM Systems and Technology
Data Sheet
IBM FlashCache Storage  Accelerator
 Innovative server-based caching software to accelerate  I/O-intensive applications 
Highlights
Transforms IBM Flash storage (IBM solid state drives (SSDs), High IOPS Adapters) into a transparent acceleration device to cache hot data off of a
 wide variety of  SAN, NAS and DAS storage systems.
Caches data within servers, close to the application workloads, delivering extremely low latency for virtual and physical server environments.
Dynamic and easy caching that adapts to changing workloads and requires no tuning or data placement.
Extends value and lowers cost of virtualization.
 Works with a wide variety of Flash, external storage and operating systems.
 As organizations are challenged by swelling data volumes, increasing demand for faster analytic insights, and rising data center energy costs, Flash storage is quickly becoming a key requirement to enable the smarter enterprise. Flash can speed response times of information gather-ing in servers and storage systems from milliseconds to microseconds.  With no moving parts, Flash is also reliable, durable and energy efficient. Deploying and managing Flash across a diverse IT infrastructure, however, can be costly and a challenge for many organizations, as ongoing tuning and data placement is often needed to maintain system performance, particularly in virtual environments.IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator is a highly advanced intelligent caching software for IBM® System x®, BladeCenter® and IBM Flex System™ servers that enables Flash and hard drive storage to transparently and cost effectively work together. It delivers the high performance of Flash without the need for manual tuning and adminis-tration. Adaptable to almost every IT infrastructure, and especially useful in virtual environments, IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator enables enterprises to easily and immediately speed data-intensive applications, while lowering storage costs and increasing system density and utilization.
 
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Data Sheet
IBM Systems and Technology
Storage optimization
 The demands of enterprises and their IT infrastructure continue to grow. That is especially true for storage, as the confluence of Big Data, social, mobile and cloud technologies is creating an environment in the enterprise that demands faster, more efficient, access to business insights. Flash can provide that access quickly, increasing IOPS and lowering latency. Caching can make Flash more cost effective when used with other storage. IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator provides software and tools to determine and implement the right amount of cache and Flash that optimizes performance for your most important workloads and is the key to making caching  with Flash easy. It is adaptable and efficient, delivering the performance, flexibility and cost savings enterprises demand.
Accelerate I/O intensive applications
IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator transforms IBM High IOPS PCIe adapters and SSDs on System x, BladeCenter and IBM Flex System servers into transparent acceleration devices for virtualized and non-virtualized workloads, by caching hot data off any storage system, whether SAN or server based. IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator caches data on Flash  within the server, close to application workloads, delivering low latency and dramatically increasing IOPS. With FlashCache Storage Accelerator, IBM customers can deploy the right amount of Flash they need to significantly accelerate application performance, eliminate I/O bottlenecks, increase virtual machine density per physical host and minimize incremental investments in external storage infrastructure.
FlashCache Storage Accelerator  Aligns Performance with Applications
WI   
Flash ManagementConsole
SAN/NASStorage
 
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IBM Systems and Technology
Extend VMware virtualization
IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator even makes it possible to virtualize high-performance applications that were previously unable to be virtualized due to performance and system overhead concerns. Customers deploying FlashCache Storage  Accelerator can recognize higher IOPS performance, faster rich-media web page loads, reduced I/O load and increased performance in primary storage—all realized in a virtualized environment with support for vMotion, DRS and HA. At the same time, FlashCache Storage Accelerator is organizationally  viable because it is the first server-centric approach that integrates transparently with centralized storage to support  VM mobility.
Easy to deploy and manage
Enterprises can deploy IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator to realize dramatic performance improvements without breaking their existing infrastructure or administration. No modifications are needed to effectively accelerate I/O performance for  VMware, Windows or Linux environments, as operations are transparent and non-intrusive. The management console provides useful controls and statistics on performance and operations and allows for simple and on-the-fly adjustments.
IBM FlashCache Storage Accelerator at a glance
Product Features
 Virtualization-aware cachingDisk, file, volume, and VM-specific cachingDynamic cache reallocationAutomatic cache allocation on vMotion without scriptingUnified architectureHypervisor, optional guest and physical modesHigh availability readyCertified for Microsoft MSCS, SQL HA, Exchange HHeterogeneous server supportSupports heterogeneous cache configurations across servers and guestsUnified management supportvCenter plugin, web based management, CLI
System Compatibility
Supported serversQualified System x, BladeCenter or Flex System serversCompatible Flash storageIBM High IOPS Adapters or qualified IBM SSDsGuest operating systemsMicrosoft Windows Server 2012 (x64-bit only) Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (x64-bit only) Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 (64 bit) CentOS 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 (64 bit)Hypervisor supportVMware ESXi 5.0, ESXi 5.1Compatible SAN/DAS for VMwareAny VMware HCL-approved shared storageCompatible SAN for Windows/LinuxAll block storage

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