AUSTIN: Dell has claimed it will "completely redefine the data centre" with an input/output (I/O) accelerator launched for its servers, named Fluid Cache for SAN.
Unveiled at the Dell World conference in Texas on Thursday, Dell demoed the enterprise application acceleration technology live on stage, claiming the fastest server input/output operations per second (IOPS).
"I want to share something super exciting," the firm's chief executive Michael Dell eagerly announced on stage during the opening keynote. "This is a perfect example of our philosophy and approach to transform performance that brings together server, storage and networking. It's game changing and it completely redefines the data centre.
"Dell will offer a complete enterprise application acceleration solution. It has tremendous impacts for database, virtualisation and cloud workloads; we call it Fluid Cache for SAN."
Dell invited vice president of Dell Servers, Forrest Norrod, on stage to demo the Fluid Cache technology live.
"What we're unveiling today is a solution that integrates Dell servers, Dell Storage and Dell networking to uniquely deliver transformative performance that reduces storage latency and dramatically increases application performance," Norrod said.
Referencing how a few months back, one of Dell's competitor's servers maxed out at 3.7 million IOPS, which at the time was a record, Norrod demoed the Fluid Cache for SAN with an Iometer on a cluster of R720s hooked up in a room next door. The Iometer demonstrated over 5.16 million IOPS.
"A lot of our customers conduct most or all of their business online. For them, every second counts – think of an online retailer conducting thousands of transactions a second, or an educational institution trying to serve application, data and courses online and around the world," Norrod explained.
"If a web page, app or course takes a long time to load, that causes a lot of frustration for the users and can result in a loss [of] sale or a student not taking a course."
This essentially means Fluid Cache for SAN in the server offers faster response times, more customers served and a better user experience.
"Unlike other cache offerings, Dell is integrating storage and networking into the server solution, and the real key here is that we combine write-back caching and the speed of servers with the intelligence of our current offering, bringing data closer to the computer resources as it's right there inside the server; turbo charging applications and speeds transactional processing," Dell explained.
Norrod said one of the most common use cases for Fluid Cache for SAN's turbo charging is online transaction processing.
"We tested this in the Dell lab by simulating an online retailer running on top of the Oracle database. We used eight R720 servers with a total aggregate cluster of 5.6TB of express flash, and Dell networking knitting it all together," Norrod added.
"Without Fluid Cache, average response time was less than a second; 3,600 transactions for just over 2,000 users."
Norrod said when Fluid Cache for SAN was then turned on, response time dropped from nearly a second to six milliseconds, with over 12,000 transactions per second and supporting over 14,000 simultaneous users. Fluid Cache for SAN will be launched early next year.
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