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Increased Database Performance and Reduce Cost with Dell PowerEdge
WHAT WE FOUND
Your legacy hardware may be a great fit for your current or former workloads, but different workloads tax different datacenter resources, so your legacy hardware might not deliver peak database performance compared to today’s high standards. Combining Dell PowerEdge FC430 server with Intel Xeon processor, Intel SDDs, and VMware Virtual SAN into the Dell PowerEdge FX2 chassis delivered 2.8 times the database orders per minute (OPM) of the legacy HP solution with a traditional storage array. The FX2 solution delivered over 345 more OPM from the same number of servers as the legacy HP solution.
Handling more OPM can mean applications and users that rely on your databases aren’t held back by resource contention – instead, they’re working efficiently and doing more.
If your legacy solution components are at or near end-of-life, tweaking your legacy solution by adding more disk trays or faster drives to your external storage array may not be a sensible option. You may end up swapping one bottleneck for another. For example, you storage performance may improve, but your older servers may be too slow to keep up with your updated storage. The resulting solution might not be as fast or as cost efficient as the converged Dell PowerEdge FX2 solution with VMware Virtual SAN for storage.
Datacenter often face power constraints as they grow. This is what makes energy-efficient coverage solutions appealing: they save outgoing cost. The legacy HP solution used older power-hungry servers with a separate traditional storage array, so it used more power than the compact Dell PowerEdge FX2 solution did. We found that the Dell PowerEdge FX2 solution used 55.9 percent less power and was able to deliver 6.5 time the performance per watt.
What good is better performance f you can’t afford it? Based on our findings, the Dell PowerEdge FX2 solution cost only $.314 per OPM compared to $.348 per OPM for the legacy HP solution. Improved performance can help alleviate the cost of refreshing legacy systems.
Cutting cost can sometimes be as simple as cutting down the size of your infrastructure. Converged solutions can pack more performance into less space – they’re designed to use fewer ports and less physical space than traditional architecture, thereby reducing potential future cost as your business grows.
Holding onto legacy and storage can limit database performance and infrastructure agility along with wasting space and power. The Dell PowerEdge FX2 with VMware Virtual SAN can provide more value for your business, while setting up your datacenter to adapt to changing workloads as business needs fluctuate.
DELL POWEREDGE FX2
The shared infrastructure approach of the Dell PowerEdge FX2 enclosure is scalable and can help you make the most of your datacenter space while reducing rack space. The Dell PowerEdge FX2 enclosure has a standard 2U footprint and features a modular design that can hold different combinations of computing and storage nodes to meet your specific goals. The PowerEdge FX2 fits four half–width or eight quarter-width compute nodes to increase the compute density in your rack and optimize the space in your datacenter. You can deploy the FX2 solution like a Traditional rack-mounted server while gaining the benefits and features that more expensive dense blade solutions provide. Important Features of the FX2 enclosure include the following:
- Up to right low-profile PCIe expansion slots
- Two networking FN 1/o Aggregator modules
- Embedded network adapters within the server nodes.
- Offers both chassis-based management through the Chassis Management Controller and rack-based management through integrated Dell Remote Access (iDRAC) with lifecycle Controller on each compute node.
The Dell PowerEdge FX2 enclosure fits a number of servers and storage options, including the PowerEdge FM120, FC430, FC630, and C830servers, and PowerEdge FC332 storage node – all powered by Intel Xeon processors.
VMWARE VIRTUAL SAN 6
Our solutions also used VMware Virtual SAN 6, a software-defined shared storage solution that allows policy-based provisioning of direct-attached storage on server nodes. It automates many manual storage task and offers flexibility that lets companies grow their storage environments when they need to. It uses a flash pool as a read/write storage cache, improving the performance of direct attached disk. This software-defined shared storage solution automates many manual storage task suck as disk management, storage optimization, and failure tolerance and offers flexibility that lets companies increase storage capacity by adding more SSDs or HDDs to new or existing host on the fly.
With VSAN, you can maximize performance using the existing direct-attached storage without having to invest in external storage solutions. Virtual SAN’s simply, easy-to-use design has the potential to increase operational efficiency, saving you both time and money.