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GridIron and Brocade Set IOPS Standard for Cloud-Based App Performance

New Reference Architecture Delivers Record Performance and Energy Savings for Clustered MySQL Applications

GridIron Systems, a pioneer in Big Data acceleration, has announced record performance and substantial energy savings for a new reference architecture that combines its OneAppliance FlashCube ultra-high bandwidth solid state storage appliances with Brocade 16 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Fibre Channel storage area networking (SAN) technologies in validated tests running a cloud-enabled MySQL clustered database application.

The new reference architecture overcomes the challenges many organizations face in scaling and enabling concurrent access to databases, while also reducing costs and data center hardware requirements. The architecture, which was validated by Demartek, an independent analyst firm, is an important development for enterprises that depend on MySQL clusters for mission-critical business applications.

In Demartek's tests, the Brocade-GridIron cloud reference architecture delivered unprecedented performance in excess of 1 million Input/Outputs per second (IOPS) to each of 40 instances of MySQL, concurrently addressing eight mirrored volumes on the GridIron FlashCube appliance. Compared to traditional architectures, the reference architecture achieved a 10:1 improvement in density, as well as a 60 percent reduction in power and cooling costs. Overall, Demartek estimated capital and operating expenditure savings that are at least four times better than conventional architectures.

Large database clusters, such as those running MySQL, are commonly built with local disk storage and expensive system random access memory (RAM) dedicated to each server. This approach restricts the size of the database, as well as the number of users who can access it, and delivers limited performance and data availability. As a result, many database administrators struggle to maintain service level agreements and contain costs, especially in massively parallel processing data warehouse, cloud and large software-as-a-service environments.

"In large-scale MySQL environments it's not uncommon to see hundreds or even thousands of database servers," said Dennis Martin, President of Demartek. "The Brocade-GridIron reference architecture opens a new, more efficient architectural approach for serving increasing numbers of users and database queries per cabinet. It's a compelling alternative that provides significant improvements in performance, cost, manageability, availability and footprint."

The Brocade-GridIron reference architecture is comprised of twenty six-core servers equipped with dual-port Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapters, connecting to two GridIron FlashCube all-flash storage appliances via two 16Gbps Brocade 6510 switches. The FlashCubes delivered industry-leading 12 Gigabytes per second concurrent bandwidth and sub-millisecond latencies that improved overall database performance and concurrency. The architecture incorporates redundancy and data replication capabilities to support the highest levels of database availability. The combination of Brocade 16 Gbps adapters and switches provided 6.4Gbps of raw bandwidth to the storage, allowing the GridIron FlashCube appliances to fully support the higher bandwidth and IOPS requirements of the consolidated servers and eliminating the I/O bottleneck typically found in other storage architectures.

"Brocade SAN solutions, coupled with next-generation SSD storage arrays, are setting new standards for performance and reliability for evolving applications," said Jack Rondoni, senior director of product management, Data Center SAN, at Brocade. "Clustered database architectures are among the many mission-critical applications where Fibre Channel networking solutions provide the resiliency, performance and lower overall costs that enterprises demand to achieve a competitive advantage."

"Concurrent, high performance access to data is essential in large MySQL clusters," said Som Sikdar, Chief Technology Officer at GridIron Systems. "GridIron's OneAppliance solutions are setting a new standard in performance and bandwidth that represents a huge enabling opportunity for clustered databases dealing with the demands of both cloud and Big Data applications."

GridIron's OneAppliance solutions leverage the firm's unique Set-RankingTM analytics to optimize cost-effective multi-level cell (MLC) Flash for high performance data-intensive environments. This means that enterprises can enjoy the highest performance levels historically available only from single level cell (SLC) Flash memory without the associated extra expense and capacity limitations.

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