Yesterday, Infinio announced the
General Availability of version 3.0 of Infinio Accelerator,
which helps to bring unprecedented storage performance to VMware environments. VMblog followers and VMware community members may already be quite familiar with Infinio, but from what I've already witnessed in a recent briefing, this 3.0 release is set to further Infinio’s reputation for delivering high
performance storage acceleration for VMware environments. I was amazed at the raw performance improvements coming out of this release. VMware datacenters will be quite pleased.
The solution is certified as VMware Ready and operates with VMware Storage Policy-Based
3.0 will serve the needs of organizations looking to deliver never
before seen storage performance for next-generation applications
supporting financial, healthcare, and scientific industries; as well as
help IT departments with more traditional needs of back-office
databases, enterprise applications, and virtual desktops dramatically
reduce storage costs.
After the announcement, I reached out to Sheryl Koenigsberg, head of marketing
at Infinio, to find out more.
VMblog: Can you explain about what's new with
Infinio's 3.0 release?
Sheryl Koenigsberg: A lot! Our engineers have
been hard at work.
First of all, there's
the performance. We're seeing 1,000,000
and 20GB/sec throughput - and that's per
host. Latency is below 100 μs.
This performance boost
comes in part from our developing on VAIO - VMware's vSphere APIs for IO
Filters. That also enabled us to easily
support nearly any storage type for VMware: SAN, NAS, or DAS; supporting NFS,
VMFS, VSAN and VVOLs.
We added VM-level
acceleration so architects can focus the fastest storage resources on the right
Finally, we extended
our memory-centric design to include the option to add SSDs and Flash devices.
What I think is cool is that we did all of this without
sacrificing the simplicity that has been a hallmark of our product from the
first version. There are still no
reboots or disruptions to install Infinio, and no changes need to be made to
storage or to VMware. All snapshots,
reporting, and backup continue to work the same as they always have.
VMblog: Why did you choose
to develop on VAIO? Do customers see any benefit to that, or is it just
easier for your engineers?
Koenigsberg: It was definitely for our customers. It enabled us to get significantly better
performance than the alternatives, a Path Selection Policy (PSP) or a virtual
appliance. Like I mentioned earlier, it
also enabled us to immediately integrate with most of VMware's storage types,
not to mention when support for new storage features or media (like
Storage-Class Memory) comes out, we'll have day-zero support for it too.
Finally, once we saw customers moving to ESXi 6.0, developing
VAIO was the only way get VMware Ready certification on that platform. We've seen over the years how
mission-critical acceleration is, and having that certification was important
to our customers.
VMblog: There are a couple
vendors in your space who have a cache built on RAM and flash. What's
different about your solution?
Koenigsberg: We've always been a memory-centric company, where RAM was our
design center. Most other companies
started with flash, then added RAM later.
Because we started with the fastest media, it was simpler for us to
build a tiered cache - one where the hottest data is in RAM, then other
important data is still server-side on the host, but in flash. It's the best of both worlds: the speed of RAM
with the increased cache size of flash.
And that's available on a per-VM basis.
Each application can have data on both RAM and flash, as necessary.
Also, what allowed us to ship a product that customers loved for
so long without any flash was our
unique deduplication engine. Our
architecture as a content-based cache means inline deduplication for all I/O we
cache, whether it's going to RAM or now also to flash devices. That means customers get the best possible
resource utilization for any media on the server side.
VMblog: What kind of
environment does someone need to use Infinio?
Koenigsberg: This release, 3.0, requires ESXi v6 update 2, and vCenter v6
update 2. Our sales team can help with
some of the other more specific requirements, but there's nothing complex - and
installing doesn't require any reboots or even maintenance mode, or changes to
storage or VMware.
VMblog: What if someone has
VSAN or an all-flash array? Should they even bother looking at Infinio?
Koenigsberg: Absolutely worth a look.
The thing about an all-flash array is that all those IOPS are on the
wrong side of the network. For certain
applications where organizations just need the fastest possible storage, like
those next-generation applications supporting financial, healthcare, and
scientific projects, Infinio will be better than an AFA. For VSAN, we've been surprised to see great
improvement, especially with hybrid VSAN configurations. RAM is a magic thing sometimes!
VMblog: How can someone get
started if they're interested?
have a 90-second walkthough of the UI to give architects a taste of how the product works. We also have a free 30-day trial - fully featured -
that organizations can try starting with just a small amount of RAM from each
host. If the performance meets
expectations, they can always add flash or SSDs and see what Infinio is really capable of!
Once again, congrats to Infinio on the latest release announcement, and thank you to Sheryl Koenigsberg for taking time out to speak with VMblog to educate us a bit more on Accelerator 3.0.