To keep up with a fast-paced market and changing technology requirements prioritizing and implementing new business initiatives for 2022 is imperative. These initiatives require adequate up-front planning of your IT infrastructure costs for systematic implementation and ongoing maintenance, otherwise resulting in uncontrolled budgetary costs. Supply chain issues have disrupted the IT purchase process for these business initiatives. It will continue through 2022, and it further signifies the importance of budgetary costs and the efficiency of IT infrastructure.
The total cost of ownership (TCO) should include the acquisition cost of hardware, and software, the opportunity cost of downtime, productivity losses, end-user experience, and infrastructure support.
I have always been intrigued in arriving at the business and financial benefits of implementing technology solutions at micro and macro levels. This blog aims to unlock the infrastructure TCO benefits of deploying Pliops Extreme Data Processor in the server, complete rack environment, or the entire data center level.
Impact areas of TCO and Data Infrastructure Challenges
As I mentioned above, TCO analysis should include a comprehensive assessment of IT infrastructure and other data center costs over a three or five-year timeframe. For IT decision-makers, it’s an important metric to assess and approve the total costs required for new business initiatives.
Design and deployment of largescale distributed systems for on-premises, cloud, or hybrid cloud are expensive—in more ways than many organizations perceive. The areas that impact the TCO are:
- Storage Capacity: Increased adoption of new internal and external data sources for digital transformation initiatives to build data-driven organizations leads to unprecedented data growth resulting in high storage costs.
- Performance & Scalability: As the volume of data storage and number of users accessing the application increases, it introduces the cost of scaling infrastructure to meet performance and quality of service goals
- Infrastructure Resiliency: The opportunity cost of downtime and customer satisfaction (CSAT) increases the redundant storage and server costs for implementing infrastructure resiliency.
- Storage Durability: The incremental cost of refreshing expensive flash storage (SSDs) due to wear out even before the hardware refresh cycles.
Make Informed Decisions with Pliops TCO Calculator
Here are the top five reasons Pliops is unquestionably the best solution to deliver the most value to customers in reducing the total cost of ownership for your IT infrastructure.
Capacity Expansion TCO: Pliops Extreme Data Processor (XDP) enables organizations to grow their data footprint efficiently. It provides line-rate data compression, allowing close to 100% SSD capacity utilization and uncompromised storage capacity while providing data protection. The combined benefits of these three Pliops XDP features provide data storage capacity expansion up to 6x. The storage capacity expansion helps substantially reduce the cost ($) per Terabyte metrics at the server level or the cost per Petabyte at the rack or data center level by more than 100%. The increased storage capacity helps increase multitenancy for applications or provides more cloud volumes from the storage cluster to drive down the cost per user.
Performance & Scalability TCO: Across various customer and partner engagements, XDP consistently demonstrated its ability to accelerate relational databases, NoSQL, and software-defined storage system performance 3x to 10x. All these application workloads get the same predictable and steady performance from XDP. The four-nines latency reduction proved beneficial in many NoSQL applications improving QoS by 4x. The combined benefit of performance scalability (fps/tps/IOPS), latency reduction (Average/4 9’s), and capacity expansion enable organizations to get up to 3x more storage and data processing out of their infrastructure footprint resulting in a decrease of 60% to 70% in hardware and software costs.
Resiliency TCO: The cost of application downtime incurs substantial revenue loss and impact to brand reputation. To mitigate the cost of downtime, organizations approach designing a resilient solution in two ways. The first method employs redundant storage copies at the server or cluster level to increase resiliency. The drawback of this approach is higher storage cost and compromised performance. The second method is to design for increased performance and lower storage costs using erasure coding or replication data protection at cluster level; however, this leads to smaller storage density per server and increases rebuild duration over the network. Pliops XDP provides the best of both options; it increases the storage resiliency to mitigate SSD’s failures and server downtime. For Cluster solutions, XDP complements the erasure coding resiliency using faster data rebuilds at the server level eliminating the cluster level network traffic. The dual benefit of Pliops XDP helps to drastically reduce the redundant storage costs and improve the resiliency of applications at server and cluster levels. It also enhances the recovery time objective (RTO) of the applications and customer satisfaction.
Durability TCO: The durability of SSD storage is the measure of a usable lifecycle described in terms of Drive Writes Per Day (DWPD) for a warranty period of 3 or 5 years. Organizations that design the storage systems with the wrong SSD endurance type can end up with higher operational expenses for replacing SSDs before the warranty period or incurring higher capital expenses for a higher endurance drive than needed. Pliops XDP provides an economical approach to meet write-intensive application requirements by dynamically increasing the DWPD of low-cost SSD drives. XDP increases endurance by ensuring the writes at the SSD storage layer are almost identical to application layer writes, thus minimizing the write amplification factor introduced in the open systems interconnection (OSI) seven-layer model. Converting the random writes from the application to sequential ones at the storage layer is another critical feature to boost the drive’s endurance further. This breakthrough approach of Pliops XDP enables applications to utilize low-cost, high-density QLC type SSDs to reduce storage capital costs dramatically.
Data Center TCO: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitization of everything through cloud adoption and remote/hybrid working. According to business wire, data center spending will reach $143 billion by 2027. Power is the most significant operational expense for data centers and reducing power costs is often high on the agenda for many executives. Pliops XDP increases performance/core by orders of magnitude across several flash-enabled database and storage applications regarding performance and capacity expansion. XDP provides 500 Xeon core equivalent performance per core for RocksDB-based applications, and these applications can realize 38K watt-hour of the power-saving equivalent. In contrast, a cloud block storage application like Gluster storage cloud provider learning an incredible 1.7 Mega Watts hour. The broader the use of Pliops XDP in the data center, organizations can realize energy savings increase from 10s of Kilowatts to several Megawatts and Carbon Emission reduction from Kilos to Megatons of Carbon Dioxide.
Get Insights into TCO Savings
As discussed above, TCO savings can be gained across various flash-based databases and storage applications by providing a few key design parameters. The chart below shows the impact of Pliops XDP on TCO across a range of applications.
- MongoDB: Reduce TCO by 48% and shrink footprint from 100 nodes to 48 nodes
- MariaDB: Reduce TCO by 54% by going from two racks to a single rack
- MySQL: Reduce TCO by 52% by going from a Full rack to a Half rack
- Cloud Block Storage: Reduce TCO 52% by taking a Gluster pod design from 30 nodes to 12 nodes
- Redis: Reduce TCO by 72% by going from eight racks to a single rack
As more IT professionals consider deploying or optimizing applications on a large-scale, overall, TCO benefits and environmental impacts are becoming increasingly important. It’s essential to pivot an organization’s initiatives that are good for the business and the planet.
Pliops provides a cost-efficient way to deploy storage infrastructure, relational databases, and NoSQL applications to drastically reduce TCO to meet your business and budgetary goals and enable you to build sustainable data centers for the future.
If you have any questions or feedback on how Pliops XDP can help meet your specific application or data center needs, reach out to me at email@example.com. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a TCO savings discussion for your applications and arrive at TCO metrics for decision making, as summarized in the dashboard below.