For my first official post for SimpliVity, I have the distinct privilege of announcing the technical details of our new offering: OmniStack Integrated Solution with the Cisco UCS C240. With this announcement, you can easily purchase both Cisco’s C240 M3 server and SimpliVity’s OmniStack technology and have them factory integrated and configured. That’s right! You can now purchase SimpliVity’s ground-breaking technology in a Cisco-based appliance.
Before joining the SimpliVity team, I worked for a Cisco reseller and did a lot with Cisco UCS. It was difficult to come to terms with no longer working on a platform I have watched grow from before it was released to earn its position as a leader in the enterprise server space. Imagine my pleasant surprise to find out this was already in the works!
What do you as a customer get with this new pairing?
Through a Cisco-SimpliVity partner, you can order and receive direct from the factory a fully-integrated appliance that includes a Cisco C240 M3 server with SSDs, HDDs and the SimpliVity PCIe-based OmniStack Accelerator Card. VMware ESXi 5.5 and the SimpliVity OmniStack Software Virtual Controller will come pre-installed, pre-configured and ready to be installed in your data center by a SimpliVity Solutions Architect.
The Technical Details
The CPU configuration includes both sockets populated, with a couple of CPU models to choose from. Total cores range from 16-24 cores and CPU speeds (per core) range from 2.4-3.3 Ghz.
The memory configuration is the most flexible configuration element. Total RAM in the system can range from a minimum of 256GB to a maximum of 768GB. The incremental steps in-between are dependent on the Cisco-supported memory configurations.
The disk configuration you get includes 6x 400GB SSDs for storing the read cache and SimpliVity’s metadata table, and 18x 1TB 7.2k HDDs for permanent data storage. No disks are dedicated, and therefore wasted, for hot sparing. With our data virtualization platform that provides inline deduplication, compression and optimization across both stored and backup data, the logical amount of available storage and available IOPS is far higher than the sum of these parts.
This disk configuration supports our number one goal with OmniStack: data protection and integrity. All data is committed to two OmniStack nodes before committing the write back to the VM, and each node can handle the loss of one SSD and two HDDs. The result is that the loss of one node followed by the loss of a single disk on the other node will still leave your data protected and not require a panic rebuild. Panic rebuilds are bad, not only because of the risk to the data, but also due to the increased prioritization of the rebuild that impacts the performance of production data. This also fits into our core strategy of reducing IOPS load on the disk.
Network connectivity includes the embedded quad-port Gigabit Ethernet card as well as a choice between two dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters that provide either SFP+ connections or 10GBase-T connections.
While this solution does require support contracts with both Cisco and SimpliVity, SimpliVity will be the main point of contact for all aspects of the appliance (just as we currently are for VMware). No matter what the issue is in an OmniStack environment, SimpliVity will take the first call and coordinate any issues that may need to be escalated to VMware or Cisco. Wow, one device for your entire IT infrastructure—and one call to support it.