NetApp SolidFire for VMware Solutions
Predictable Storage Performance to all of your VMware Applications
Guarantee storage performance to every virtual machine
Similar to how VMware virtualizes compute resources, NetApp SolidFire storage systems virtualize performance separate from capacity, giving IT managers unprecedented storage control. You can now provision, change and guarantee storage performance on demand without interruption or downtime.
With NetApp SolidFire’s all flash array, every VM datastore is simply better. VMwares are faster, have guaranteed performance, are fully automated and instantly adjustable without any data migration or reconfiguration.
The NetApp SolidFire Advantage
Only NetApp SolidFire integrates with VMware's Storage I/O Control (SIOC) to provide tunable and predictable performance to each virtual machine. SIOC provides per-VM rate limiting at the hypervisor level. When coupled with NetApp SolidFire's unique Quality of Service capabilities, you can ensure end-to-end performance. By integrating with SIOC, NetApp SolidFire dynamically allocates and manages minimum, maximum and burst performance on the storage system based on per VM SIOC requirements in an integrated workflow. With automated orchestration, you can adjust each virtual machine's SIOC settings on the fly, and NetApp SolidFire's QoS will automatically adjust the volume IOPS allocation to match, eliminating storage administrator intervention and reducing overall operating costs.
Architected for Predictable Performance
NetApp SolidFire is purpose built to provide predictable performance to multiple applications in parallel. The system's REST-based API means every aspect of the storage system is automated, speeding deployment. NetApp SolidFire's performance virtualization decouples performance from capacity, virtualizing each into separate resource pools that are provisioned as needed. These resources are expanded on-demand without interruption or downtime, and datastore performance can be adjusted without complex and time-consuming storage reconfiguration.
Predictable Storage Performance to all of your VMware Applications
Only NetApp SolidFire integrates with VMware's Storage I/O Control (SIOC) ensuring system-wide, end-to-end, guaranteed performance.
VMware's vision to drive increased VM-awareness and management granularity at the storage system layer pairs extremely well with NetApp SolidFire's Quality of Service architecture.
Only NetApp SolidFire with VMware enables IT management to set and enforce fine-grain QoS policies to each virtual disk in the NetApp SolidFire storage system.
Powering the Software Defined Data Center
VMware's vision, to drive increased VM awareness and management granularity at the storage system layer, pairs extremely well with NetApp SolidFire's Quality of Service architecture. The ability to manage and provision storage policies within the virtual infrastructure, that are then enforced down to each virtual disk in the NetApp SolidFire storage system, is a far more holistic approach than you can get from legacy storage vendors.
- Virtualize storage into performance and capacity resource pools that can be allocated using policies
- A complete REST-based API means every aspect of the storage system can be automated
- Per-volume QoS controls ensure predictable VM performance
- Scale on-demand without interruption or downtime
Integrated Disaster Recovery for your VMware Environment
NetApp SolidFire integrates seamlessly with VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM) ensuring availability and performance control for disaster recovery.
VMware's site recovery manager pairs extremely well with NetApp SolidFire's Quality of Service architecture and integrated remote replication functionality providing superior performance control for disaster recovery.
Only NetApp SolidFire with VMware enables IT management to set and enforce fine-grain QoS policies to each virtual disk in the NetApp SolidFire storage system and available at the Disaster Recovery site.
Benefits of Running VMware on NetApp SolidFire
NetApp SolidFire completely supports VAAI primitives allowing to you offload optimized copy operations, optimize thin provisioning, ensure storage efficiency, and realize multi-tenant performance enhancements.
Storage I/O Control stand-alone, can only rate limit VMs at a hypervisor level. Rate limiting a VM may serve some deployment requirements; however NetApp SolidFire’s unique Quality of Service capabilities — fully integrated with SIOC — ensures guaranteed performance control end-to-end.
When separating the control and data planes, as required by a true Software Defined Data Center, it is necessary to support holistic communication between the loosely coupled components of the system. NetApp SolidFire arrays are fully integrated with this communication mechanism.
NetApp SolidFire is an early participant in the VVOLs program. Upon release of VVOLs, NetApp SolidFire will be the first storage vendor to fully back each and every VM with a volume that has guaranteed performance.
End-to-End Quality of Service
- Only NetApp SolidFire is able to combine SIOC with storage-enforced QoS to ensure predictable performance to each VM.
- Integration allows for automated storage performance allocation based on VM SIOC requirements.
- Dynamic performance allocation to datastores eliminates the need to over-provision storage, allowing you to deploy more VMs.
- Adjust VM SIOC settings on-the-fly and NetApp SolidFire QoS is automatically adjusted to match, eliminating storage administrator intervention.
- With end-to-end QoS control, you can consolidate multiple performance-sensitive applications on the same infrastructure.
- vSphere Client Plug-in
- Single pane of glass management
- Single click QoS enablement
- No RAID configuration
- Automatic data distribution
- Automatic load balancing
- Eliminates complex capacity planning
- Set up once and keep scaling
- Add capacity to VMware without storage admin impact
- Create datastores and storage volumes together on-the-fly
NetApp SolidFire is the only storage system that can cost-effectively deliver the flexibility and adaptability required to support evolving large scale virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments.
Granular Quality of Service (QoS) controls coupled with a scale-out architecture enables customers to easily manage and adapt to the mixed and unpredictable workload profiles that exist in VDI environments.
VMware's market leading virtualization platform, vSphere, is a key foundational building block for accelerating a customer's journey from virtualization to cloud infrastructure.
But while cloud holds significant promise, the inefficiency, cost and complexity of delivering applications built on legacy storage systems impairs the ability of enterprise IT to take full advantage of the business and economic benefits of cloud computing.
Download the NetApp SolidFire VMware Solution Brief (PDF).