Synology NFS VAAI

A few days ago Synology released their latest DSM version 5.1-5004. I have been impressed with the amount of innovation and enterprise features Synology brings to the storage market. It’s with this new release that Synology adds NFS VAAI support to the already ISCSI VAAI support. The two currently supported primitives for NFS are Full File Clone and Reserve Space. I hope Synology also considers adding additional primitives for NFS support in the near future!

In order to take advantage of the two new primitives you need to install the NFS VAAI plugin. This is basically a VIB that can be installed on each host through update manager or esxcli commands.

1)    Copy the VIB to a temp location /tmp

2)    Run esxcli software vib install –v esx-nfsplugin.vib

3)    Reboot host

Once installation is complete you can check to see if the VIB was successfully installed by running:  esxcli software vib list | more

This will list all VIBs installed. As you can see I have the PernixData VIB installed in addition to the NFS VIB. 

 

You can also check in vCenter if “Hardware Acceleration” says “Supported” You can see that my ISCSI and NFS datastores from my Synology both are supported! Since PernixData now supports NFS, I can now start realizing IO accelerartion for VM's using NFS! 

 

The Server-Side Storage Intelligent System Revealed!

PernixData introduced yesterday a revolutionary step forward in storage performance with the release of PernixData FVP 2.0. Several innovative features were revealed and a technology first was dropped on the industry. Frank Denneman has already started a great series on some of the new features. As to not let him have all the fun, I will also be covering some aspects to this new version as well!

The first big reveal was FVP transforming itself into an all-encompassing platform for storage optimization. Adding NFS & DAS to the already supported iSCSi, FC, FCOE list; which now completes all available connectivity options for VMware environments.

NFS support is obviously a welcome treat for many. It’s the support of local disk that might actually surprise some. Optimizing DAS environments I think will provide some unique cases for customers. (Future Post Coming) However keep in mind that supporting DAS doesn’t mean it voids use cases for VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance) software. PernixData is only accelerating the reads and writes, so if you require data services, then you may need to look at a VSA type of solution for your underlying local data at rest tier.

The biggest news in my opinion that really dropped the mic on the industry was the reveal of the first ever-distributed fault tolerant solution utilizing server memory for read/write I/O acceleration. Yep, you heard it right; accelerate those very important writes without the potential of data loss on volatile server memory is a gigantic leap forward. Look for more details around DFTM (Distributed Fault Tolerant Memory) in the coming weeks!!

I’m excited for the future and look forward to telling you more about these new advancements!

 

 

 

 

Where is the VAAI Support?

Over the past year I have been fascinated by the lack of economical #block-level storage that utilizes industry API's like VMware's #VAAI. There are some examples where #NFS storage vendors have jumped into the pool of possibilities, but nothing to talk about when it comes to block-level storage. There have been promises made by all the big boy's out there, but nothing to show as of yet. #VMworld 2011 was littered with storage vendors that all said they couldn't do VAAI until the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012. It's now the middle of March 2012 and not even #EMC as of yet supports there #VNXe's with VMware's VAAI API's

@Sakacc noted in September, 2011 - http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2011/09/vnx-and-vnxe-updates-and-vaai-hotfixes.html that we would have VNXe VAAI support by Q4 2011. 

Not that there are vendors that support VAAI on their storage, it's the lack of economical storage for the SMB market that is lacking. 

So after many hours of searching, I found a light at the end of the tunnel. A small startup that can give us storage with VAAI support for #Free!!!!! Stay Tuned!!!!!