A worldwide wave of server and storage consolidation is reducing the cost and complexity of delivering IT services to the business. Consolidation is clearly a priority as a growing number of organizations embrace server virtualization technology. While the benefits of a completely virtualized infrastructure are obvious to most IT managers, performance and manageability are real concerns.
The IBM System Storage DS3500 Express is a modular data storage system ideally suited for consolidation and virtualization in medium-sized businesses, mid-range environments, and remote sites with balanced mixed workload performance and a rich set of application aware management tools. The DS3500 uses the latest 6 Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface for the back-end connection to disk drives and a rich set of front-end server connectivity options. The iSCSI host attach option leverages the affordability and ubiquity of industry standard Ethernet technology. The high performance 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) host attach option provides connectivity for applications with high performance and availability requirements. SAS, which has traditionally been used for an affordable connection to entry level disk arrays (often referred to as just a bunch of disks, or JBOD), is also supported for high speed, low cost host connectivity.
This ESG Lab report explores the capabilities of an IBM System Storage DS3500 Express deployed in a consolidated virtual server environment with a focus on the value of predictably balanced mixed application performance and application aware storage management plug-ins.