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Virtual Server Platforms Update

The Royal Exchange

23rd September 2011

Virtual Server Platforms Update


Introduction


vSphere 5:
-

The Technology


vSphere 5:
-

The
L
icence
M
odel


vSphere 5:
-

What does it mean to me?


Do I have a choice?


Frontier Technology


Wrap up and Q&A


Frontier Technology


Specialists in Access, Infrastructure, Business
Continuity and Data Management


On
-
Premise and Cloud Solutions


Key partners


VMware


Microsoft


Citrix


We use these platforms in our own datacentres


Your Challenges


Quick introduction


Objective for today


Any infrastructure related challenges?

vSphere 5, the technology

What’s new?


V5 moves to ESXi model


ESX
vs

ESXi confusion


Storage DRS


vMotion, now supported over high latency links


vCenter Server Virtual Appliance


Web Client, manage vSphere from any Web browser


vSphere 5, the technology

What’s new?


Auto Deploy, deploy and update (patch) more efficiently for
ESXi based systems


VM format (v8), adds support for Windows Aero graphics and
USB 3


New guests: OS X 10.6


Even bigger VMs, 32
vCPUs
, 1TB RAM


Profile driven storage


vCloud

Director for large private cloud deployments

Storage DRS


Storage DRS

Title


Web Client

vSphere 5, the licence model


Becomes vRAM centric rather than CPU cores and physical
memory bound


Some concern in the market about complexity and value


VMware have done this to align themselves to a service
provider model and to introduce a ‘fairer’ licence model more
in proportion to resources used

How many vSphere licences do I need?


As in vSphere 4 each
CPU requires a licence


vSphere 5 does not
impose limits on
number of cores per
CPU or physical RAM
per server

Example

Hosts

2

CPUs

4

vSphere Licences

4

How much vRAM do I get with my
vSphere licenses?

Edition

vRAM

£ cost

Standard (1

CPU)


vMotion, HA

32GB

793

Enterprise (1 CPU)


FT/DRS

64GB

2,295

Enterprise Plus (1

CPU)
-

All

96GB

2,785

Bundles

vRAM

£ cost

Standard AK (8

CPU)

8x32GB

7,965

Enterprise AK(6 CPU)

6x64GB

13,950

Enterprise Plus AK (6

CPU)

6x96GB

17,550

Essentials

Plus (3 hosts, 6 CPU)

6x32GB

395

Essentials (3 hosts, 6 CPU)

6x32GB

3,585

What is the vRAM pool?


Each vSphere licence
includes a vRAM
entitlement


These are pooled
together over all
vSphere licences of the
same edition



Example 4x Enterprise


4 CPUs


4x 64G = 256G vRAM


How many VMs can I run with my vRAM
pool?


As many as you like, as
long as you do not
exceed the total vRAM
entitlement of the pool


Example, 32 VMs each
configured with 4GB
vRAM, but only 24
powered on = 96GB
vRAM consumed from
256GB pool

How many VMs can I power on a host?


Again as many as you
like within the
entitlement


Example: 40 VMs
deployed, each with 4G
vRAM, distributed
unevenly over 2 nodes


A

B

Pool

CPU

2

2

4

vSphere

Licences

2

2

4

Virtual Machines

4

36

40

Pooled

vRAM (GB)

128

128

256

Consumed vRAM (GB)

16

144

160

What if VMs move with vMotion?


Any VM can run on any
host within a vRAM
pool, so movement of
VMs cannot cause more
vRAM to be needed


16 VMs on each host


4 move


Or

they can all move

What is my vRAM pool if I have multiple
vCenter Servers


The vRAM pool can
extend across multiple
linked vCenter Servers.
(Linked Mode is supported
with vCenter Server
Standard Edition)


Can I mix vSphere editions?


Yes you can, but each
edition will have its own
separate vRAM pool

Ent

Ent
+

CPU

4

2

vSphere Licences

4

2

Pooled vRAM (GB)

256

192

Consumed vRAM (GB)

128

96

How do I expand my vRAM pool?


Here we have 4x
Enterprise = 4x64GB =
256GB


We need some extra
vRAM


Option One: Add
another Enterprise
licence = 320GB


Option Two: Upgrade
all to Enterprise Plus
licence = 384GB

How do I licence a new host?


Add further licences of
the same edition, or


If you have more
licences than CPUs
assign licence to new
CPUs, but you won’t get
any extra vRAM
entitlement

So what does that mean to me?


We have a few prepared scenarios


We can quickly work through two or three more if time allows

Scenario One

New Small Deployment


3 hosts, with vMotion


Significant %tage rise


vRAM entitlement should be enough in most cases

vSphere4

vSphere5

Essentials

Plus

£2,660

Essentials

Plus

£3,585

Support

£670

Support

£895

Total

£3,330

Total

£4,480

3

hosts, 6 CPU, 768GB
pRAM

+
vCenter for Essentials

3

hosts, 6 CPU, 192GB vRAM +
vCenter for Essentials

Scenario Two

New Mid
-
Size Deployment


5 hosts, with vMotion & DRS/DPM


Small %tage rise


vRAM entitlement should be enough in most cases

vSphere4

vSphere5

Mid Size AK (6 CPU)

£13,545

Enterprise

AK (6 CPU)

£13,950

Support

£3,385

Support

£4,430

4x Enterprise (1 CPU)

£8,760

4x Enterprise (1 CPU)

£9,180

Support

£2,188

Support

£2,292

Total

£27,878

Total

£29,852

10 CPU,

1,280GB
pRAM
, vCenter
Standard

10 CPU, 640GB vRAM, vCenter
Standard

Scenario Three

Renewal of SnS and upgrade to vSphere 5


3 dual CPU hosts, Advanced Edition


Good News: You’re entitled to Enterprise Edition


Bad News: When your SnS expires you have to pay the
Enterprise Renewal fee


When you upgrade to vSphere 5 you will get vRAM
entitlement of 384GB

vSphere4 Advanced

vSphere5 Enterprise

Production Support 1yr

£425

Production

Support 1yr

£570

Basic Support 1yr

£360

Basic Support 1yr

£480

vRAM

entitlement

384GB

Scenario Four

Upgrade Mid
-
Size Standard Edition Deployment


3x dual socket vSphere 4 Standard hosts, 200GB vRAM
used


Upgrade to vSphere 5 Standard is FOC with active SnS


6 licences = 6x32GB vRAM entitlement = 192GB vRAM,
insufficient to support the workload.


Additional Standard Edition licence required, or


Upgrade to Enterprise Edition

Scenario Five

Add Workloads to Mid
-
Size Deployment


3x dual socket vSphere 4 Enterprise hosts, 200GB vRAM
used


Virtualise

new application, Exchange 2010, 4+ roles, 32
-
48GB RAM per role = 192GB extra vRAM required (392GB
total)


6 CPUs with 64GB entitlement = 384GB vRAM


Borderline whether enough vRAM, but likely to need
additional server resources anyway


How much vRAM do I get with my
vSphere licenses?

Edition

Now

Original

Enterprise Plus

96GB

48GB

Enterprise

64GB

32GB

Standard

32GB

24GB

Essentials

Plus

32GB

24GB

Essentials

32GB

24GB

Do I have a choice?

x86 Server Virtualisation Magic
Quadrant


VMware


Citrix


Microsoft


Others

VMware vSphere

Advantages

Disadvantages

Acknowledged Market Leader


VMware still wins 60% of new
business

Premium Cost

Functionality

v5 Licence Confusion

Broad Guest Support

Range

of editions at price
points including entry level

Risk Free?


High levels of
Customer

Satisfaction

Microsoft Hyper
-
V

Advantages

Disadvantages

Has moved from being a challenger
to

a leader this year

Fewer production deployments than
vSphere

Now widely deployed, especially in
mid
-
market, No 2

Limited non
-
mainstream guest
support

Cost and licence management
benefits

Strong Microsoft Centric
management with SCVMM

Continues to close gap on
capabilities, live migration in 2009,
dynamic memory in 2010

Reliant on base Windows OS:
Proven driver

architecture

Citrix XenServer

Advantages

Disadvantages

Moved

from Challenger to Leader
this year.
Third Place

in Market
share

Product maturity can be an issue,
planning and testing important for
enterprise deployment

Leading Desktop/Application

virtualisation vendor

Fewer

production deployments than
Hyper
-
V

Leveraging that to drive server
adoption

Skills

rare in market

XenServer

can reduce costs

Vision to become “Open” platform
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Citrix XenServer Costs

Edition

Features

Cost

Free

Hypervisor, management, Live Migration

FOC

Advanced

Distributed Virtual

Switch, HA, Memory
Optimisation

£600

Enterprise

Dynamic Workload Balancing, Power
Management,

£1,750

Platinum

Auto VM protect & recover, LAB Manager, Site
Recovery

£3,000

Others


Red Hat


Background in
Xen
, but Citrix acquisition shifted to KVM focus


Many more RHEL deployments in VMware than Red Hat


Oracle


Different x86 & SPARC platforms


x86 is
Xen

based


Late to market


Oracle certification!


An option for Oracle database and application environments


Parallels


Good for high density deployment of specific applications,


More likely to be seen used by service providers


Can reduce overhead and OS costs


Others



With each of these Niche Players you are likely to need a
strong specific driver to veer from the mainstream leaders


The who cares option


Cloud based hosting service


Forget about


CapEx


Flexible Licensing


Resource planning


Storage


Fire Fighting


Let Frontier manage those resources


You focus on:


Line of Business Applications


Delivering Business Value


Providing High Quality User Support and Services


Strategic Thinking


Improving Businesses Bottom Line


Investment & Resource into New Initiatives and Projects


The who cares option


Frontier Infrastructure


Two datacentres


Scalable CPU, RAM, I/O resources


Fibre Channel attached multi
-
tier storage platform


Enterprise class data management platform


Backup, archive, index, search, discover, report



Frontier Services


Range from:


Fully managed service such as business continuity


To:


Provision of OS and Storage only, you continue to manage


Our Other Offerings


Infrastructure Optimisation Service


Server hardware, Hypervisor, OS


Free resources to reduce hardware spend


Disaster Recovery and Business
C
ontinuity Solutions


Data Management Platforms (backup, archive, replicate, report,
index, search, discover)


Remote Working and Access
S
olutions


Server and Storage Infrastructure


All available in either traditional ‘On
-
Premise’ or innovative ‘Cloud
Based’ deployment models

Summary & Conclusions


Have we covered your challenges?


New licence model is not quite as bad as some people had
made out


But there are viable alternatives


Frontier has experience and ....


Next Actions


VMware renewal and upgrades


Platform migration


To alternative vendor


To Frontier private cloud


Proof of Concept / Tests


Virtual Server Platforms Update

The Royal Exchange

23rd September 2011