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What Is Storage Quality of Service (QoS)?

How Does Quality of Service (QoS) Work?

To meet varying application performance requirements, the storage industry has implemented caching or tiering schemes in front of traditional disk-based systems. These schemes apply complex algorithms and predictive methodologies that shuttle data to the right media at the right time to boost performance. Costly, complex, and reactive, this approach does little to meet the predictable-performance requirements of mission-critical applications.

Solving for this disparity requires a more balanced pool of capacity and performance at the system level. From this starting point, a storage system can deliver performance and capacity scaled independently to serve the unique needs of different applications. This ability to finely allocate capacity and performance resources separately from one another is a fundamental component of next-generation data centers.

Each volume on the platform is configured with minimum, maximum, and burst IOPS values that are strictly enforced within the system. The minimum IOPS provides a guarantee for performance, independent of what other applications on the system are doing. The maximum and burst values control the allocation of performance and deliver consistent performance to workloads. For the enterprise and service provider, QoS enables SLAs around exact performance metrics and complete control over the end-consumer's experience.

Why Is Quality of Service (QoS) Important?

In next-generation infrastructures, raw storage performance is important, but it is the predictable and consistent delivery of that performance which ensures that every application has the resources required to run without variance or interruption. In servicing these workloads, QoS enables the underlying storage architecture to:

  • Consistently deliver predictable performance to multiple applications
  • Scale performance and capacity resources on demand
  • Significantly reduce unpredictable I/O patterns
  • Eliminate noisy neighbor applications
  • Eliminate manual adjustments and forklift upgrades for changing workload requirements
  • Allow web scale growth without system disruption

Quality of Service (QoS) Use Cases

QoS is essential for multitenant systems running varying workloads with unpredictable demands, such as databases, virtual machines, and private clouds. A multitenant system allows the agility of a next-generation architecture that can scale flexibly with your business needs. It eliminates the need to plan for what your architecture will look like in the future by allowing you to build and run for today’s demands, including:

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