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
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 HA Heterogeneous server supportSupports heterogeneous cache configurations across servers and guestsUnified management supportvCenter plugin, web based management, CLI
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