With cost efficiency and a small footprint in mind, LSI 400GB SLC WarpDrive adapter (Figure 1), an LSI-powered PCI Express (PCIe) storage accelerator card, is fully supported on Cisco UCS® B-Series Blade Servers for a simple, ready-to-use solution. Using a high-speed PCIe bus, the LSI storage accelerator card stores performance-sensitive data directly on the server blade so that it is as close as possible to the application. This placement can dramatically improve application performance because the "hot data" is read directly from PCIe flash-memory storage residing on the server, bypassing the need to go to the storage network to access that data. This approach increases throughput and reduces latency while simultaneously lightening the workload on the rest of the infrastructure.
Figure 1. LSI 400GB SLC WarpDrive Adapter
In addition, on the new LSI storage accelerator card, flash-memory management processing is run directly on the card, offloading server CPU processing and preserving valuable system memory, using up to 75 percent fewer CPU and memory resources than many other solutions on the market. This savings allows the server's valuable processing resources to be used more effectively for database processing.
The LSI 400GB SLC WarpDrive adapter is built on the latest enterprise-class solid-state technologies and includes sophisticated advanced features to help deliver consistently high levels of performance, endurance, and reliability under some of the most demanding conditions. The LSI DuraWrite technology helps optimize the number of program cycles to the flash storage, effectively extending the rated write endurance of the flash storage by 20 times or more compared to standard controllers. Other sophisticated algorithms and dedicated onboard hardware resources handle complex flash-memory management tasks such as garbage collection and wear leveling. These advanced features make the LSI adapter an excellent choice for accelerating your business applications.
The LSI 400GB SLC WarpDrive adapter has been integrated, tested, and certified with EMC XtremSW Cache and NetApp FlashAccel caching software. Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS) customers can confidently deploy an end-to-end solution with the LSI 400GB SLC WarpDrive adapter knowing that it works transparently with existing EMC and NetApp storage arrays deployed in the data center.
Performace and Reliability Features
• DuraWrite performance acceleration and endurance extension technology
• Response times as fast as 50 microseconds
• Dynamic overprovisioning
• Offloading of flash-memory management processing from the server
• PCIe board-level solid-state storage
• 400-GB storage capacity
• PCIe 2.0 host interface
• Power consumption of less than 25 watts (W) through PCIe slot
• Use of standard drivers that are included in most OS distributions
Main End-User Benefits
• Low host burden, with no static CPU and memory overhead
• Lower space, power, cooling, and management costs than traditional solutions that use all hard-disk drives (HDDs)
• Enterprise-class reliability
• Integrated, tested, and certified with EMC XtremSW Cache and NetApp FlashAccel caching software
Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) technology commands, plus additional solid-state drive (SSD) monitoring
Cisco UCS Manager v 2.1 or later
Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Releases 5.7, 5.8, 6.2, and 6.3 (64-bit); SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.2 64bit
VMware: ESX 4.1U3 and ESXi 4.1U3, ESXi 5.0U1, ESXi 5.0U2, ESXi 5.1, and ESXi 5.1 U1
Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SP1 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
Operating temperature range
50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)
Cisco UCS Integration
The LSI 400GB SLC WarpDrive adapter is designed to be used only on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers. A single LSI WarpDrive adapter is supported on Cisco UCS B200 M3 and B22 M3 Blade Servers. Up to two LSI WarpDrive adapters are supported on the Cisco UCS B420 M3 Blade Server. Cisco UCS Manager will discover the card, and details can be viewed by choosing Server > Inventory > Storage.
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Cisco Unified Computing Services
Using a unified view of data center resources, Cisco and our industry-leading partners deliver services that accelerate your transition to a unified computing architecture. Cisco Unified Computing Services helps you quickly deploy your data center resources, simplify ongoing operations, and optimize your infrastructure to better meet your business needs. For more information about these and other Cisco Data Center Services, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/unifiedcomputingservices.
Cisco UCS continues Cisco's long history of innovation in delivering integrated systems for improved business results based on industry standards and using the network as the platform. Recent examples include IP telephony, LAN switching, unified communications, and unified I/O. Cisco began the unified computing phase of our Data Center 3.0 strategy several years ago by assembling an experienced team from the computing and virtualization industries to augment our own networking and storage access expertise. As a result, Cisco delivered foundational technologies, including the Cisco Nexus® Family, supporting unified fabric and server virtualization. Cisco UCS completes this phase, delivering innovation in architecture, technology, partnerships, and services. Cisco is well positioned to deliver this innovation by taking a systems approach to computing that unifies network intelligence and scalability with innovative application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), integrated management, and standard computing components.
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