Hardware Deduplication and Compression in VMWare using SimpliVity OmniCube

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I have been installing Guest OS's and VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) on my SimpliVity OmniCubes for the past couple of weeks.  The largest wow factor for me has come from OmniCubes ability to compress data and remove redundant data.  My OmniCube Systems are configured in two different Data Centers (Rogers, MN and Alexandria, MN)


"Once and Forever" this quote refers to the Data Deduplication, Compression and Optimization provided in hardware via the OmniCube Accelerator™.  This card Dedupes, Compresses and optimizes the data as it enters the OmniCube system the first time.  Why is this important?  Less data being stored means less IOPS needed, less storage used, less bandwidth required on replication, less number of times going to management asking for more disk space, etc.


The OmniCube Accelerator, being a separate hardware device, performs the deduplication, compression and optimization independent of the OmniCube host system.  It does the work in parallel and as the data enters the system.  This hardware independence keeps the host systems resources dedicated to running VMWare and Guest OS's.


A picture says a thousand words, SimpliVity has put in some nice graphics depicting exactly how much data that is stored in the system, how much as VM (Virtual Machine) Data, how much accounts for local and remote backups and the overall efficiency of the system.

SimpliVity Data Center Overview
SimpliVity Data Center Overview


The screen is split into two sections, the section on the left spells out the logical amount of storage that is currently in the OmniCube.  The section on the right describes the physical media and how much data is actually stored on the system.


What amazes me the most is the significant data efficiency ratios that I was able to achieve in such a short time-frame.   I have a combination of Windows 7 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 2012 R2, Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 13.12 all on the system.  The VM data accounts for 477 GB of primary data.  Including local and remote backups my logical foot print is 2.3 TB in size.  The physical foot print is only 47 GB in size!  This represents a 10:1 savings in primary storage and a 49:1 savings on total storage capacity!


Of course, these ratios vary.  The data stored by each environment is unique and the amount of savings to be had will vary based on actual data stored.  I do not expect my customers to have the same results as I, since my data is not very volatile.  Customers that I have talked to that utilize SimpliVity have indicated that they all have significant data efficiency rates.


A by-product, that was almost as amazing to me, was the speed at which my backups finished with the hardware deduplication engine.   I have backed up and moved an entire Windows Server from one data center to the other in about 60 seconds.  Unlike VM Centric Snapshots, the SimpliVity Backup is a full backup each time it is performed.


I started my demonstration build with the thought in mind to show how well the OmniCube Accelerator reduces data.  SimpliVity has greatly exceeded the expectations I had before I started building the demonstration site.   Click this link to download a whitepaper discussing how SimpliVity’s Data Virtualization Engine (DVE) leverages real-time deduplication, compression and optimization technologies.


Contact us if you want to see results like this in your environment!

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