EMC zBoost for VMAX Redefines Mainframe Performance Because Microseconds Matter

Fidelma Russo

Fidelma Russo

Senior Vice President, VMAX, Enterprise and Midrange Systems Division at EMC

The adage that time is money is more than just a saying. Whether you’re using your credit card at rush hour, changing a flight minutes before take-off or buying a stock at the market’s opening bell, mere fractions of a second can make a significant financial difference – microseconds can equal millions. At EMC, we store and protect data associated with billions of mainframe transactions a day1 that serve-up your banking, insurance, reservation, investment and other data, and we’re making these transactions even faster with zBoost technology which can significantly improve performance.

zBoost is a free software-only enhancement for VMAX systems. It delivers up to a blazingly fast 60% performance improvement2 and up to 40% lower2 response time for mainframe workloads. zBoost also can improve the response time of VMAX across a wide variety of mainframe workloads.

zBoost achieves these significant improvements by leveraging VMAX’s multicore engines with SMT2 (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) technology as well as 100% zHPF (System z High Performance FICON) functionality. zBoost has the intelligence to reallocate cores of the of the processors within the VMAX’s engines to the FICON connection workloads,  “boosting” FICON performance. As a result, compared to non-zBoost VMAX systems, VMAX 20K and 40K mainframe storage systems with zBoost can support significantly more I/O per processor engine or require less engines for same I/O workload, potentially saving physical space and energy.

In the graph below, we’ve compared the throughput of a single FICON channel with and without zBoost to illustrate just how dramatic this performance improvement can be:

v3 zBoost graph 1 IOPS improvement

zBoost’s I/O response rate benefits can be seen below in this graph of a VMAX 40K workload. Response time improvement varies by workload and can be significant.

v3 zBoost graph 2 response time improvement

zBoost technology does not require any application or hardware changes to your existing VMAX mainframe systems.

zBoost technology is a nocharge upgrade for existing and new VMAX 40K and 20K mainframe customers and is non-disruptively installable. zBoost complements the VMAX’s industry-leading reliability and availability as well, helping you leverage your investment in the world’s premier storage system for the enterprise.

For more detailed insight into the benefits of our latest FICON performance enhancements, download the zBoost whitepaper at: http://www.emc.com/collateral/white-papers/h14023-zboost-vmax-mainframe-performance-enhancements.pdf

1 estimate based on http://www.share.org/p/bl/et/blogaid=234
2 as compared to non-zBoost VMAX DASD performance

Need a Data Lake Foundation? EMC Portfolio Delivers

Sam Grocott

Sam Grocott

SVP, EMC Emerging Technology Division at EMC

Today, EMC announces new products and solutions to support the Data Lake Foundation—the storage infrastructure that underpins the Business Data Lake solution. The Business Data Lake brings data, applications and analytics together while delivering analytics wherever needed.

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Doug Fierro

Doug Fierro

Senior Director, Connectrix and Storage Networking at EMC

Truth be told, EMC has had a different attitude about IP storage networks than FC SANs. Although we have tested FC SAN technologies for 15+ years, like the rest of the industry, we assumed IP ‘just works’. For the most part that statement is true. Now we have a new perspective. Growth in IP storage technologies is putting old ideas to the test.  Traditional shared networks weren’t designed for today’s IP storage workloads.

To help our customers design and deploy high-performance, highly-available and scalable Enterprise Hybrid Clouds, EMC is introducing the new Connectrix VDX-6740B IP Storage Switch.  With this introduction, EMC now offers an additional option for customers to enhance their IP storage experience for systems, including EMC’s Data Domain, Isilon, VMAX, VNX and XtremIO.

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Scale-Out Standout: EMC Isilon Recognized in New Gartner Report

David Noy

David Noy

VP Product Management, Emerging Technologies Division at EMC

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VSPEX BLUE Ushers In Radically Simpler IT

Chad Dunn

Chad Dunn

Senior Director, VSPEX Product Management at EMC

Notice how the pace of business seems to accelerate every year putting IT departments at a disadvantage as they try to keep up with the demands for additional compute, storage, performance and feature functionality?   Yeah, we do too. The struggle to provide agility, on demand scale, low costs and reliability means IT pros have a lot of sleepless nights.

With the VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure announced today, EMC is delivering Hyper Converged Simplicity. Now, IT departments can deploy complete infrastructure solutions when and how needed. The VSPEX BLUE appliance is powered by VMware EVO: RAIL and EMC software that delivers compute, storage, networking and management in a single 2U platform. This enables IT to react quickly, free from the burden of advanced IT consumption planning, and provide virtual assets when, how AND where the business demands.

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