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Storage Virtualization Team 3 Jennifer Brola-Richards Mohib Fanek Kathy Larson Donovan Miles Vishu Reddy Fran Trees. DSC861A Emerging Technology. Presentation Outline. Storage Virtualization What is storage virtualization and why storage virtualization?

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    1. Storage Virtualization Team 3 Jennifer Brola-Richards Mohib Fanek Kathy LarsonDonovan Miles Vishu Reddy Fran Trees DSC861A Emerging Technology

    2. Presentation Outline • Storage Virtualization • What is storage virtualization and why storage virtualization? • Storage Evolution and Fundamental Concepts • What are innovations and fundamental concepts associated with storage? • Storage Virtualization Deep Dive • What, Where and How of Storage Virtualization? • Case Study • Research Topics in Storage Virtualization • What are potential topics of research and dissertation? • Summary and Verbal Quiz

    3. What is storage virtualization? Storage Virtualization is the next frontier in Storage Advances that aims to provide a layer of abstraction to reduce complexity. Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) defines Storage Virtualization as: The act of abstracting, hiding, or isolating the internal functions of a storage (sub) system or service from applications, host computers, or general network resources, for the purpose of enabling application and network-independent management of storage or data. The application of virtualization to storage services or devices for the purpose of aggregating functions or devices, hiding complexity, or adding new capabilities to lower level storage resources.

    4. Why storage virtualization? Storage Virtualization aims to provide a layer of abstraction to manage storage and reduce complexity !!! Provided continuous availability despite exponential growth (e.g. FaceBook- Over 55 billion page views a month, 41 million active users1) Effectively group and manage heterogeneous storage devices & servers (e.g. Estimated number of Google Servers 450,000 2!) Allocate and manage storage in accordance to the Quality of Service (QoS) associated with the data(e. g. Gartner estimates average data center doubling its storage every 18 to 24 months)!) Mergers and Acquisitions (e.g. Microsoft & Yahoo!) Multiple Storage Software Platforms (e.g. IBM, EMC, HP,..) Lucas Nealan, php|works, Atlanta September 13, 2007 (2) Wikipedia

    5. What are the innovations and fundamentals associated with storage? Client side storage innovations… variety of storage device innovations that are smaller, higher capacity and cheaper have helped end users cope with increasing storage requirements!

    6. What are the innovations and fundamentals associated with storage? Server side storage innovations… a combination of storage devices, storage interfaces and storage software innovations have helped enterprises cope with exponential growth of data storage requirement ! Storage deviceshave evolved from tapes to hard drives to RAID hard drives increasing capacity and resiliency.

    7. What are the innovations and fundamentals associated with storage? Storage interface innovations have evolved from SCSI to ISCI, Fiber Channel (FCP) and InfiniBand to inter connect devices and transport the data faster. SCSI FCP ISCSI Infiniband

    8. What are the innovations and fundamentals associated with storage? Storage Access File level access takes center stage along with conventional Block level access. Block level access: Block addresses are used to Read/Write data [Read/Write, Block #] to the storage media. Sample conventional Block Allocation Map File level access: Files are accessed by "semantics" instructions [example: Open, Close]. Data inside files is accessed by byte-ranges within the file (example: the first 10 bytes of a file). GFS (Google File System) is an example of a large scale distributed file system.

    9. What are the innovations and fundamentals associated with storage? Metadata is Data about data; in the context of storage metadata may describe an individual datum, or content item, or a collection of data including multiple content items. Examples include: file size, who created file, attributes such as read only, free block bitmaps, control data.

    10. What are the innovations and fundamentals associated with storage? Storage Software from simple back-up and restore to advanced storage networks and storage management software functions. (A) Simple Direct Attached Storage (DAS) (B) Storage Area Network (SAN) (C) Network Attached Storage (NAS)

    11. What are the innovations and fundamentals associated with storage? SAN and NAS: Key Differences

    12. What and Where can Storage be Virtualized? SNIA Storage Model Potential Areas of Virtualization 3 File Level Virtualization 2 Host Level Virtualization 6 Network Virtualization * Block Virtualization 4 * * 5 Device Virtualization 1 Storage Level Virtualization Source: The Storage Networking Tutorials, SNIAVIRT- Page 20 http://www.snia.org/education/tutorials/ * Host aka Server ** Device=aggregation of Host and Network (Meta Data)

    13. What and Where can Storage be Virtualized? Storage Virtualization: Innovations and Trends 4 1 2 3 5 6 Block Virtualization Device Virtualization Network Virtualization Storage Device Level Virtualization Host Level Virtualization File Level Virtualization Sub-Technique Sub-Technique Historical: Mainframe Recent development example: NAS Historical: Mainframe Recent development example: VMware Historical: RAID Level, SCSI Interface Recent Development Examples: Fiber Channel Major innovations continue to emerge even in historical areas of storage virtualization Symmetrical (aka in-band) and Asymmetrical (aka Out-of-Band) are emerging as key areas of abstraction and virtualization.

    14. How is storage virtualized at the enterprise level? Currently Networks are virtualized using Metadata or Storage Volume Controllers. There are two types of network virtualization… Metadata or Storage Volume Controllers are placed (out of band) outside the path of data flow. Metadata or Storage Volume Controllers (SVC) are placed (in-band) or in the path of data flow. Source: IBM Redbook Page 8 http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg246210.pdf

    15. How is storage virtualized at the enterprise level? In-Band Virtualization 2 SVC controls who can get access to the storage device controls, how storage can be accessed, how storage is allocated, etc. 1 Metadata or Storage Volume Controllers (SVC) are placed (in-band) or in the path of data flow. 3 SVC are managed through Storage Management Software. Source: IBM Redbook Page 10 http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg246210.pdf 4 Key Challenge is the potential IO bottlenecks

    16. How is storage virtualized at the enterprise level? Out-of-Band Network Virtualization 2 Host sends Metadata to SVC SVC controls who can get access to the storage device controls, how storage can be accessed, how storage is allocated, etc. 4 1 Metadata or Storage Volume Controllers (SVC) are placed (in-band) or in the path of data flow. 3 Storage Pool sends Metadata to SVC Source: IBM Redbook Page 12 http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg246210.pdf

    17. How is storage virtualized at enterprise level? Virtualization Implementation Example

    18. Case Study The Study • Shows that commingling of data and meta-data on a single logical device means that there is no way to achieve different service level objectives for data and meta-data in the same file system, without moving file-system specific knowledge into the logical disk layers. • Shows that the standard assumptions underlying the organization of data and meta-data in file systems are no longer valid in virtualized storage environment and hence fail to materialize the full benefits of storage virtualization. Proposes a different file system organization of data and meta-data designed to exploit the power of virtualized storage.

    19. Case Study Service Level requirements within a single file system • Organization A Needs No Encryption • Organization B_ Needs Encryption • Stores Medical Records • Security requirements for file data is extremely high. • Performs nightly indexing operation on file systems • All directory information and file access times must be read to determine “changed” state of data • Business requirement that all file data be encrypted at rest. • File meta data has no security requirement In Unix fast file system (ffs), a logical disk is divided into collections of blocks called cylinder groups, each of which stores both file data blocks as well as file meta-data

    20. Case Study Results • Clean logical separation between data and metadata • Allows file system feature to use virtualization features and achieve different SLO’s • Redesign changes • Code change • Packing the re-located cylinder group header in the first few meta data cylinder groups ensures each header is located @ a fixed, predictable offset from the front of the block device • User configurable block address space before which no data stored and after no meta data stored

    21. Case Study 5-7% gains on the new file system layout 31-44% for the file lookup and file delete benchmarks, which result in little or no file data i/o, the advantage of data-only encryption become obvious • Future Work • Differing SLO’s for granular meta data • Completely separate fixed/dynamic metadata • Separate file data from user defined file attribute data

    22. What are potential topics of research and dissertation? Sample Research Topics in Storage Virtualization • Bayesian analysis for resource management • Bayesian analysis for diagnostics • Trusted domains for security • Storage Virtualization and Metadata Standards • Algorithm advances for block, device and other component virtualization techniques

    23. Summary and Verbal Quiz Storage Basics What type of storage is found in your work station? What type of storage systems may be found in a large enterprise? How is data accessed from storage? Network Attached Storage (NAS) is well suited for what type of applications? Storage Area Network (SAN) is well suited for what type of applications? Storage Virtualization What is Storage Virtualization? Where and What can be virtualized in storage? How is storage virtualized at a network level? How is storage virtualization currently implemented? What are the potential research topics in storage virtualization?

    24. Annotated References Faibish. S., Fridella S, Bixby P., and Gupta U., “Storage Virtualization using a Block-device File System” January 2008 ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review, Volume 42 Issue 1 Publisher: ACM The Storage Networking Tutorials, SNIAVIRT http://www.snia.org/education/tutorials/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metadata http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg246210.pdf Nealan.L., php|works, Atlanta September 13, 2007 http://sizzo.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/facebook_performance_caching.pdf 6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_platform