Dell Fluid Cache


Available worldwide today with support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Dell Fluid Cache for SAN delivers the stability of a highly available write-back caching solution within a scalable, low-latency SAN environment and can provide extraordinary I/O performance for workloads such as OLTP and VDI.

 Designed around a highly available, low latency networked cache pool of servers Dell Fluid Cache for SAN can substantially reduce storage latency. With the use of write-back caching technology, data is protected as it travels from server to SAN. Customers can even revitalize applications on compatible non-Dell servers by including them in an established cache pool. Dell Fluid Cache for SAN enabled two HP ProLiant DL380 Gen8 servers to deliver up to 2.97x more OLTP Transactions Per Minute (TPM), than without Dell Fluid Cache for SAN*.

 Read this Dell Power Solutions article to understand how a Dell Fluid Cache for SAN deployment can dramatically accelerate your productivity. Dell lab tests found that adding the Dell Fluid Cache for SAN solution into the same hardware stack decreased average I/O response times by 99 percent. That’s down to an astounding 6 milliseconds! Dell Fluid Cache for SAN also increased concurrent users six times. All of which can translate to better experiences for your customers, and greater revenue for your business or organization.

 This end-to-end compute layer application acceleration solution combines Dell Fluid Cache for SAN software, validated PowerEdge servers using PowerEdge PCIe Express Flash SSDs, connection to Dell Networking 10/40 GbE switches, and full integration with Dell Compellent SAN storage. Dell Fluid Cache for SAN can also allow rapid scaling of the cache pool as business demands grow, either by adding additional cache capacity into existing cache pool servers, or by adding additional caching servers into an established cache pool. Watch this video to find out how it works.

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*Additionally, Fluid Cache for SAN helps accelerate OLTP TPM (Transactions Per Minute) on HP servers by 2.9X. These results are based on July 2014 Principled Technologies Test Summary commissioned by Dell comparing two (2) HP ProLiant DL380 Gen8 servers running in a two-node Oracle RAC cluster, targeting a Compellent SC8000 array backed by rotational drives, versus the same two (2) HP Proliant DL380 Gen8 servers running in a two-node Oracle RAC cluster, plus three Dell PowerEdge R720 servers with no Oracle software running, serving as caching servers, and installed with PCIe SSD devices. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability



Mellanox 10/40GbE ConnectX-3 Ethernet Adapters deliver high-bandwidth connectivity for performance-driven server and storage applications in the Data Center

Using Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) Mellanox has collaborated with Dell’s Fluid Cache for SAN to deliver performance. Read this Mellanox blog to discover how Dell Fluid Cache for SAN enabled by Mellanox ConnectX®-3 10/40GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs) with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA), can help the solution reduce latency and improve I/O performance for applications such as Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).