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IBM #InterConnect - Day 3 morning break-out sessions
This week, I am attending the [InterConnect Conference] in Las Vegas, Feb 21-25, 2016. This is IBM's premier Cloud & Mobile conference for the year.
Wednesday morning I attended more break-out sessions.
1273: New IBM DS8880 Family: Always-On Data at Cloud Speed
Brian Sherman (with support from Eddie Lin) explored the business value that the IBM System Storage DS8000 series provides to organizations requiring ultimate performance and availability.
Brian reviewed the DS8000 advanced functions, including those that have recently become available, and explains what benefits they provide. While he focused on the latest DS8880 family, some of these were also available on the prior DS8870 models.
Cloud-related features include OpenStack Cinder drivers, REST interfaces, Mobile app monitoring, zKVM and PowerVC support, use of IBM Spectrum Control Base, VMware VAAI primitives, SRA and Web-admin plugin support.
3015A Open Doors with an OpenStack Approach
Mohammed "Mo" Abdula, IBM, presented this overview of IBM's involvement with OpenStack, including BlueBox, which provides a private on-premises OpenStack deployment.
Most enterprises know that a single approach to cloud adoption, whether public or private, will not optimize business results. Connecting one or more clouds to traditional systems, or other clouds, is a realistic and achievable strategy.
OpenStack, being an open technology, is making it easy for enterprises to customize the way they deploy mission-critical business applications.
Code, Community and Culture enable innovation - Cloud should hide the details so that people can focus on what is important. OpenStack is opening the doors for enterprises to quickly get on the Cloud journey.
The automotive industry heavily uses OpenStack. Mo gave an example of a successful promotion by a car dealer that resulted in great sales revenues through social media. The app was developed on IBM SoftLayer than moved on-premises. OpenStack interfaces made it possible.
7186A IBM Spectrum Storage Experiences
Douglas O'Flaherty, IBM, served as emcee for this exciting discussion. Three clients presented their success stories with various Spectrum Storage software. Each speaker had 20 minutes to present their story.
Paul Rafferty, IBM Silverpop
Silverpop was a started that provides Marketing automation, empowering marketers with cloud-based capabilities and cutting-edge big data analytics that deliver personalized customer engagements that scale for any sized business. It was IBM acquired in 2014, but Paul presented as a client of IBM Spectrum Accelerate.
To support clients, Silverpop does everything in the Cloud. With their acquisition by IBM, they have switched to using IBM SoftLayer. To that end, they needed robust storage that provides snapshots, consistency groups, and remote disk-to-disk replication, so they selected bare-metal servers running with IBM Spectrum Accelerate, which is the software-only implementation of XIV storage systems.
Silverpop deploys Spectrum Accelerate on either 7-node or 15-node clusters, with an additional spare-node pre-configured in case of failure. Each node is a 2U x86 server with dual 8-core Intel Xeon E5-2650 processors, 128 GB RAM, two 800GB Solid-State Drives (SSD) and 10 SATA drives 4TB capacity each. The 7-node provides about 120TB of usable capacity, and the 15-node about 255 TB.
Worldwide, Silverpop has 1,500 nodes deployed across 10 IBM SoftLayer datacenters, running 15,000 virtual machines. The virtual machines run on the same nodes as Spectrum Accelerate, including Oracle database, DB2 database, HDFS file system, and Spark analytics. They use Chef and UrbanCode for orchestration and code deployment.
If you ask 10 different Spectrum Protect architects how to design a system, you get a wide variety of answers. Blueprints reduce this complexity down to three "T-shirt" sizes: Small, Medium, and Large, based on the amount of backup traffic per day. Small for deployments less than 6 TB per day, Medium for 6-20 TB per day, and Large for over 20 TB per day.
The blueprints can be deployed on Windows, Linux-x86, Linux on POWER, and AIX. They are disk-based storage pools using either IBM Storwize family or Elastic Storage Server models. The blueprints include configuration scripts that can be customized, and Joe suggested tips for those who want to incorporate tape storage pools.
Bob Oesterlin, Nuance
Nuance creates their Nuance Dragon® voice-recognition dictation software. They process 7500 TB per day, 85% read, 15% write traffic. They have 6 PB of Spectrum Scale file system.
To free up space and reduce costs, Nuance stood up their own OpenStack Swift object-store on storage-rich servers. Files that have turned cold were moved out of Spectrum Scale and into this Object Store, which has now grown to over 4 PB of capacity. Unfortunately, there was no way for end-users who had files on Scale to find them after they were moved to Object Store.
IBM has solved this with Transparent Cloud Storage Tiering, which is currently in open beta. With this new approach, files are "migrated" from Spectrum Scale to Cleversafe object-store, but a stub is left behind in the file system directory so that they can be "recalled" back to Spectrum Scale. This is the same methodology IBM uses to migrate/recall data to tape.
I would vote this the best session I have seen all week! Each client solved real-world business problems with Spectrum Storage software.
To encourage traffic through the Solutions EXPO, foot traffic was re-directed through the booths to get to lunch. This reminds me of having to go through the "gift shop" when you leave amusement rides or museums.