Infinio releasing today already the third release of their acceleration product. I have covered the previous release in my detailed post here. The Infinio Accelerator 3.0 can accelerate workloads on SAN, NAS, DAS, for VSAN, VMFS, vVols (includes HCI) and it uses RAM and SSDs caching. Infinio Accelerator 3.0 Now on VAIO Framework with up to 1,000,000 IOPS per host.
VMware VAIO stands for “vSphere APIs for IO Filtering”. It’s a new API framework technology present in vSphere 6.0 (6.0 U1 more precisely) allowing vendors to present capabilities for caching and replication to individual VMs. It’s a framework, not feature. VAIO can be used not only caching but also for replication. Infinio is one of the first (or even the first one AFAIK) vendors actually building a new product that uses this technology.
From the VAIO developers page here we can learn that it’s a policy-driven solution. The data services are surfaced through storage policy based management control plane (like for VSAN or VVOLs for example) and allow to govern per-VM or per-vmdk granularity on those services.
Infinio provides the fastest and the most secure way to intercept I/O coming from a VM. An I/O filter installed on all ESXi hosts, then related storage policy is applied to each VM that will be accelerated.
Infinio 3.0 Features:
- RAM as the Fastest medium, then Flash – a copy of the hottest data goes to RAM. Up to 1 Tb of RAM. When the data gets colder, they are moved to Flash. Tier 0 for RAM and Tier 1 for SSD. Up to 8Tb of Flash, up to 64 hosts.
- Inline Deduplication – all local storage resources are used as efficiently as possible. Each node stores only one copy of each block of data. The dedupe rates from 5X – 10X which yields by better utilization for any storage media such as RAM or flash.
- Raw Performance – 1.000.000 IOPS per host, 80 μs, 20GB/sec of throughput.
- VM-level Acceleration – Applications whose data is located in the Infinio cache get microsecond-level response time from local storage resources.
- Built on VAIO – I/O filter installed on all ESX hosts, then related storage policy is applied to each VM that will be accelerated. Better performance than a cache VM or PSP, Supports any type of storage: SAN, NAS, DAS, for VSAN, VMFS, vVols (includes HCI). Integration with Storage Policy-Based Management.
Infinio’s cache inserts server RAM (and optionally, flash devices) transparently into the I/O stream. By dynamically populating server-side media with the hottest data, Infinio’s software reduces storage requirements to a small fraction of the workload size. Infinio is built on VMware’s vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) framework. This enables administrators to use VMware’s Storage Policy Based Management to apply Infinio’s storage acceleration filter to VMs, VMDKs, or groups of VMs transparently.
Software certified for VAIO framework has the highest level of certification – VMware Ready. Other caching solutions can obtain at maximum VMware Partner verified and supported product only. You might ask, What’s the difference? Well, there is, in case if you need support from VMware, for example….
Then the VMware ready certification, the customer does not need to prove that the third party caching software is not causing the problem. Badly behaving caching software might cause problems, but VAIO designed software due to the design, won’t. VAIO is the way to go for vSphere 6.x and onwards!
The VAIO Framework (Img. courtesy of VMware) … You can also check detailed post on VAIO technology here.
- VMware vSphere ESXi 6 U2 (Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus)
- VMware vCenter 6 U2
- Any VMware supported datastore: SAN, NAS, and DAS, with VMFS, VVOLs, and vSAN.
- Management Console requirements – 1 vCPU, 8GB RAM, and 80GB of HDD space
The VAIO Architecture:
And now few screenshots from the actual UI of Infinio…
Which VMs do you want to accelerate? …
So far we do not have any screenshots from the configuration screens. (to be updated…), but Infinio UI has been one of the nicest ones so far, and, we have other screenshots provided with the bloggers kit. Let’s have a look. Click to have a larger view…
How about the cache size?
The Infinio architecture is built for the use of both RAM and persistent media. When performance is of the utmost concern, RAM is the best option for performance, operating at speeds 100X that of flash. Infinio has always designed around a memory-first approach to caching, in particular by including industry-leading inline deduplication. Using this technology, many organizations have seen significant performance gains with just 16-24GB of RAM.
The cache is composed of RAM and SSDs present in the cluster. Here is a view ….
And here is another screen showing the global overview with 99% of accelerated reads with cache response time etc…
Infinio Accelerator isn’t a kernel module like PernixData. VAIO framework started to be part of vSphere only in vSphere 6.0 U1 but Infinio needs 6.0 U2 (the latest vSphere version).
How about a scalability?
- 1TB of RAM, 8TB of flash, up to 64 hosts
- 1,000,000 IOPS per host
- 80 μs
- 20GB/sec of throughput
Infinio’s software enables the use of server-side RAM and flash to be transparent to storage environments, supporting the use of native storage features like snapshots and clones, as well as VMware integrations like VAAI and DRS. All VMware features are compatible – DRS, SDRS, VAAI and vMotion.
Installation of Infinio takes 15 minutes and does not require any host reboot or data migration. Check out Infinio!