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Point of View: IBM Follows New Recipe to Deliver Performance Gains with POWER9 Servers

Point of View: IBM Follows New Recipe to Deliver Performance Gains with POWER9 Servers

By Blake Basom | Sr. Systems Engineer (The ATS Group)

IBM has been producing servers based on their line of Power processors for close to 30 years. These servers continue to improve with each new generation, and POWER9 is no exception. The difference this time derives from the ways in which IBM achieved those performance gains.

With POWER9, IBM continues to separate themselves from the competition, offering a host of improvements over their POWER8 predecessors. In fact, IBM claims that POWER9 servers offer the following benefits over their competitors:

  • 5x max I/O bandwidth vs. x86
  • 2x high performance cores vs. x86
  • 6x more RAM supported vs. x86
  • 8x more memory bandwidth vs. x86

In this document, I will delve into some of the more significant features and changes of the POWER9 servers and offer my opinion on the benefits. This document is intended to be an overview of POWER9’s new and enhanced features, and while it will be fairly detailed, it is not meant to be a deep dive in any specific technology. The features that we look at will be grouped into categories of Processor, Memory, and I/O, but first an overview of the new server line.

POWER9 Server Line

IBM began their launch of POWER9 servers with the AC922 server in late 2017. This server is designed specifically for compute-heavy Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cognitive workloads, rather than for general computing. This system was the first to embed PCIe 4.0, Nvidia NVLink, and OpenCAPI technologies. As a result, IBM claims that the AC922 enables data to move 9.5 times faster than on PCIe 3.0 based x86 systems.

Servers designed for a more general workload began to be launched in early 2018.  They began with the “Scale Out” versions of their servers – one and two-socket rack-mountable servers in sizes from 1U – 4U.  The S914, S922, and S924 PowerVM based servers are in the traditional mold, supporting AIX, IBM i, and Linux workloads. The L922 server is a Linux-only model, while the H922 and H924 servers have been optimized for SAP HANA. Also offered are LC921 and LC922 models, which are processor and storage dense servers designed for Linux Clusters.

Finalizing the POWER9 server line, IBM announced the larger and more powerful “Scale Up” models in August, 2018. These enterprise servers offer increased computing capability, along with enhanced security and availability, and simplified cloud management. The 4-socket E950 offers up to 48 processor cores and up to 16TB of memory in a 4U package. Last, but far from least, the E980 represents the top of the POWER9 server line, offering up to 192 processor cores and 64TB of memory.

Processor

The most obvious place to start when looking at the POWER9 servers is the POWER9 processor itself. In years past, performance improvements were achieved in part through improving the fabrication process to reduce the transistor sizes, allowing the clock to run faster. While the fabrication process continues to improve and transistor sizes continue to shrink, server manufacturers are not greatly increasing clock speeds, leaving performance improvements to be achieved through other means. In the case of the POWER9 processor, it is primarily due to improving processor pipeline efficiency, increasing the data flow between components, and allowing for faster access from external sources.

The POWER9 processor was fabricated via a highly advanced 14nm finFET Silicon-On-Insulator lithography process (using a 17-layer metal stack), an improvement from the 22nm process that was used for POWER8. This allowed IBM to jam a total of 8 billion transistors in each chip, compared to 4.2 billion in POWER8. Clock speeds run up to 4 GHz, which is similar to POWER8.

The POWER9 chip is a more modular design, and performance was improved by shortening the pipeline, improving fixed-point and floating-point operations, and improving instruction management. These changes allow more instructions to be completed per clock cycle, leading to performance improvements without raising the clock speed. Increasing the amount of on-chip memory (particularly L3 cache) helps as well, and on-chip switching bandwidth of over 7 TB/s allows data to move in and out of the processor cores at 256 GB/s in the SMT8 model.

You may be thinking, “SMT8 model? Aren’t all POWER9 chips SMT8, as the POWER8 chips were?” Actually, no. IBM is producing two main variants of the POWER9 processor – the PowerVM based general purpose servers will use a full SMT8 processor (which allows up to 8 threads per core), while certain non-PowerVM based Linux models will use SMT4 versions of the POWER9 processors (which only allow up to 4 threads per core). This may sound like a step backward, but it is a result of IBM listening to its customers and partners. Basically, IBM learned that a segment of the Linux market desired the reduced SMT version, which allowed more cores to be packaged in a single chip.  In fact, the SMT4 versions will allow up to 24 cores per die, while the SMT8 models only offer up to 12 cores.

Speaking of SMT4 vs. SMT8, what is the best multi-threading mode in which to run the new processors? When IBM introduced SMT8 with POWER8 processors, there were some performance problems initially. The problems weren’t necessarily severe, but running in SMT8 mode didn’t necessarily equate to much improvement in processing power, and in some cases IBM was recommending running POWER8 servers in SMT4 mode. This issue has seemingly been fixed in POWER9, with SMT8 being the preferred mode for most applications, offering a distinct performance boost over running in SMT4 mode (under most circumstances).

IBM also introduced Workload Optimized Frequency with POWER9, where the processor can dynamically change clock speeds based on the running workload, to allow for enery savings when the workload is low, with the ability to quickly ramp up when needed. This feature can be controlled through processor mode settings and can be changed without a reboot.

All of that sounds nice, but what does it really mean? How much faster are the POWER9 processors? Well, of course it varies by server model and workload, but in general you can expect a 30-50% improvement over comparable POWER8 models, along with 20-30% improvement in price/performance ratio (more bang for your buck).

Note that when migrating workload from POWER8 to POWER9, you will likely want to reduce the number of virtual CPUs, which may improve performance, while reducing software licensing costs. Each case will be unique, so testing a specific workload with different numbers of VCPUs will reveal the optimal allocation. Likewise, running tests in both SMT4 mode and SMT8 mode will show which threading mode is best.

Memory

The POWER9 servers use top of the line DDR4 memory (some of the later POWER8 models used this as well). The SMT4 processor models allow for direct attached memory DIMMs, while the SMT8 versions allow more memory to be attached, via buffers. The SMT4 models offer up to 120 GB/s of sustained memory bandwidth, while the SMT8 models offer up to 230 GB/s of sustained bandwidth with theoretical peaks of 340 GB/s. Memory capacity varies by model, up to 4 TB for Scale Out models, and up 64TB for Scale Up models.

I/O

Most modern servers are not self-contained, meaning they are connected to external devices for storage, networking, and increasingly for hardware acceleration devices. With the blazing speeds of current processors and memory, the computing bottleneck has shifted to Input/Output devices. IBM has spent a lot of effort in this area with the POWER9 servers, offering a number of options to improve the speed and bandwidth to attached devices.

The latest edition of PCIe (Gen4) is available in POWER9 servers, offering up to twice the bandwidth of PCIe Gen3 (note that Gen3 adapters will work in Gen4 slots, albeit with the Gen3 bandwidth). 48 lanes of PCIe Gen4 adds up to 192 GB/s duplex bandwidth to attached devices.  In addition to traditional PCI adapters for network and SAN connectivity, some PCIe Gen4 slots are enabled for CAPI 2.0 devices such as ASICs and FPGAs. CAPI 2.0 using PCIe Gen4 offers 4x the bandwidth of CAPI 1.0 on POWER8.

Additional connectivity is provided by a 25 Gb/s Common Link – 48 lanes provides up to 300 GB/s bandwidth for devices attached via NVLink 2.0 or OpenCAPI 3.0 (not available on PowerVM based servers). NVLink can be used for high speed GPU attachment, while OpenCAPI is an upcoming open hardware standard that is supported by a consortium of industry heavyweights, which will be used to connect components like high-speed network and SAN adapters, as well as additional memory and GPU accelerators.

POWER9 provides support for the next generation of SR-IOV Ethernet adapters – with increased port speeds of 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb, and 100Gb. Additional enhancements allow more VFs per port (target 60VFs per port / 120 VFs per adapter for 100Gb adapters), as well as vNIC and vNIC failover support for Linux.

Server I/O performance is also improved by the on-chip acceleration capabilities of the POWER9 processors themselves, which speed up the common but intensive tasks of compression/decompression and encryption/decryption.

Some POWER9 servers also support internal Non-Volatile Memory (NVMe) devices. These bootable disks are meant primarily for operating systems, offering high-speed access with low latency, but in a read-mostly format.

Conclusion

When you put it all together, it is clear that IBM put an emphasis on overall server performance with their line of POWER9 servers, rather than just trying to crank out the fastest processor that they could. By focusing on I/O enhancements, and partnering with great companies across the industry, they have achieved some impressive results.  But they didn’t forget about the processor either – the POWER9 processor improved upon an already industry leading standard.  From general purpose Scale Out servers, all the way up to the enterprise class Scale Up servers, IBM has provided a robust line of servers to meet the UNIX computing needs of users around the globe. And with certain models customized for specific technologies, users can expect optimized performance for their specific needs. As a longtime user, administrator, and consultant for IBM Power servers, I think that POWER9 represents another impressive step forward for IBM, offering endless possibilities for world class computing.


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We’re headed to Hollywood | Join Galileo & the ATS Group at the Upcoming IBM Systems Technical University

See What's Happening in Hollywood at the IBM Systems Technical University

IBM events offer a variety of ways to learn, grow, and connect. As an IBM Gold Business Partner, you can always find the teams from Galileo Performance Explorer and the ATS Group at IBM Systems Technical Universities (#IBMTechU) events, and this October is no different! Thousands of IT professionals gather to experience unparalleled technical education at an IBM Tech U events that feature technical sessions about Galileo-supported technologies, such as IBM Storage, IBM Power Systems and IBM z.

Learn how to plan, architect, install, configure, migrate, operate and tune your IBM infrastructure for today and tomorrow at the IBM Systems Technical University coming up in October in Hollywood, FL. Packed with a punch, this event offers focused, in-depth training sessions, hands-on labs and demos delivered by IBM Distinguished Engineers, developers or product experts.

IBM Systems Technical University
Featuring IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage
October 15 – 19  | Hollywood, Florida USA

Join Galileo’s VIP Reception on Day 1

We’d love to tell you how Galileo can support your upcoming IBM infrastructure projects. With tagging and trending across all IT assets, Galileo provides a unique, comprehensive view that streamlines problem determination and empowers successful strategic initiatives such as cloud migration, capacity planning and server consolidation. Want to learn more? Our team is hosting a fun VIP Welcome Reception at Portico to kick off the week at IBM Systems Technical University. Please RSVP to join us and feel free share with others in your organization that will be in Hollywood!

Galileo VIP Reception at IBM Systems Technical University
RSVP: Monday, October 15th from 7-10PM
Portico at The Diplomat Beach Resort
3460 South Ocean Drive | Hollywood, FL

Join the team from Galileo Performance Explorer for a Welcome Reception at Portico!

Join the team from Galileo for a Welcome Reception at Portico during the IBM Systems Tech U in Hollywood!

Lunch & Learn with Galileo on Day 2

The reliability of your infrastructure takes on a new level of importance with today’s data-intensive workloads. Through Galileo, organizations can streamline support and develop realistic roadmaps for growth and transformation through data visualization, trending and tagging capabilities. Take a break from the hustle of the conference and join us for an intimate Lunch and Learn at Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort.

Lunch & Learn with Galileo at IBM Systems Technical University
RSVP: Tuesday, October 16th from 12:00 to 1:30PM
Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort
3555 South Ocean Drive | Hollywood, FL

Join Galileo for an intimate lunch and learn on October 16th at Point Royal during IBM Tech U in Hollywood.

What’s new in Hollywood?

IBM is always looking to further the skills and knowledge of their partners and customers, and empower the IT community with the tools necessary to adapt and optimize their infrastructures for tomorrow. At the IBM Systems Technical University in Hollywood, there are a couple of new training sessions to take advantage of:

Professional and Leadership Development Training
Whether you are already a leader or aspiring to be one, you can find content to support your professional and leadership growth.

  1. Stay up to date on hot topics like IBM Design Thinking and Digital Transformation.
  2. Give your left brain a break during TechU to work on your soft skills. You can grow your career with a focus on things like presentation techniques and communication tips, and even how to make your IT project successful.
  3. Check out the current list of topics at your preferred TechU.

Cognitive Systems Track
Cognitive solutions are set to transform the world in dramatic ways. At TechU, you can leverage the experts to go deep on AI on IBM Power Systems. IBM experts will share their deep technical expertise in applied AI, model tuning, GPUs and distributed systems, workload provisioning and management. You’ll find concepts of AI, machine learning and deep learning along with industry use cases, best practices, development frameworks and industry tools. TechU offers focused, in-depth technical training sessions and labs. They will share how to :

  1. Leverage the capabilities of POWER9 for AI
  2. Deploy a fully optimized AI platform with IBM PowerAI
  3. Collaborate on AI projects with the IBM Data Science Experience
  4. Integrate and manage your AI, Spark and Hadoop big data workloads
  5. Use medical image classification with Machine Learning technology
  6. Leverage a high performance file system with IBM Spectrum Scale
  7. Optimize distributed learning models with IBM Deep Impact

Galileo is Ready for IBM Storage

Galileo Performance Explorer recently announced a partnership with the Ready for IBM Storage Program to empower IBM clients to proactively monitor, manage and optimize their IT environments. Galileo is now available as a validated IBM PartnerWorld solution, enabling Galileo to support customers, VARs, MSPs and enterprise partners worldwide. The Ready for IBM Storage program integrates and validates business partner offerings with IBM technology to enable end-to-end use cases, simplify deployment and reduce risk for clients.

Galileo support an array of IBM servers, storage, systems and cloud, ensuring users have the most insight into the capacity and performance of their most crucial systems. Galileo provides monitoring for IBM server, storage and cloud systems including:

  1. IBM AIX
  2. IBM i
  3. IBM Spectrum Scale
  4. IBM DS3000, DS4000 and DS5000
  5. IBM DS8000
  6. IBM FlashSystem
  7. IBM SONAS
  8. IBM Spectrum Virtualize
  9. IBM V7000 Unified
  10. IBM VIX
  11. IBM Power
  12. IBM z
  13. IBM Cloud

Other solutions have gaps in monitoring, especially when it comes to cloud infrastructure. Galileo monitors your entire infrastructure, including on-site and cloud-based systems. To find out more about what Galileo can do for your unique IT systems, join us at IBM Systems Technical University in Hollywood or connect with us to schedule a demo or start a free trial.

Stay in the know!

Tech U features skill-building sessions that are in demand and appeal to attendees who share a technical vision and curiosity. Your event experience can be enhanced by following and discussing the topics you want to know about related to IBM Systems. Join the IBM Systems Technical Universities (TechU) LinkedIn Group to view event highlights, connect with attendees and tech experts and stay on top of the latest technology trends.

Proof of Concept: Build, Modernize and Protect with IBM Cloud Private

Proof of Concept: Build, Modernize and Protect with IBM Cloud Private

By Andrew Wojnarek
Director of Capacity and Performance Management (CPM)
(ATS Innovation Center, Malvern, PA)

IBM Cloud Private is a Kubernetes based container orchestration platform that empowers developers with common services for self-service deployment, monitoring, logging and security, as well as a portfolio of middleware, data and analytics. With IBM Cloud Private, development and systems engineering teams develop and manage microservices-based applications. You may be familiar with microservices already as IBM helped develop and evangelize the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the past. The idea, with both, allows developers to create applications that are decoupled which allows each piece to scale independently.

IBM Cloud Private is more than just a Kubernetes wrapper. The incredible value of this product is the entire suite of services, and the ecosystem of efficiency! You get an integrated environment for managing containers that includes the container orchestrator, a private image registry, a management console, and monitoring frameworks. Furthermore, you get industry class support and software that runs optimized on the most durable and highest performing hardware on the market (IBM Power).

It’s important to understand why an organization would use IBM Cloud Private (ICP), and to illustrate that we will provide three use cases: “Net New”, “Modernization” and “Cloud Protection/Agility.”

Building Net New applications on ICP is one of our primary use cases because it allows us to take one thing and work it through the entire cloud-first stack. What we mean by this, is when you have a Net New application, you’re able to start with a relatively clean slate, and really design things with a cloud-first, developer friendly architecture.

Organizations will either develop Net New, or they’ll start the process of modernizing an existing legacy application. This is a much harder task compared to Net New, but arguably just as important. Containerizing legacy workloads will happen and using ICP is the most logical choice. A lot of times the most critical, business impacting, customer facing workloads are the legacy workloads; so, putting your trust in a very stable, mature and supported platform makes sense.

Lastly “Cloud Protection/Agility” is our third use case. This is future proofing your workloads against vendor lock-in. The containerization of your workloads will ensure that you’ll be able to run your workloads anywhere in the world: on-prem, in a cloud, hybrid etc.

The Infrastructure Setup

Our infrastructure environment consists of:

Our application environment consists of:

  • IBM Cloud Private 2.1.0.2

 

Core Concepts

Before we get into the installation and setup, it’s necessary to understand some core concepts of IBM Cloud Private. There are 6 types of nodes that potentially run in a cluster, all responsible for carrying out different types of work. This is an important thing to understand, because in a microservices architecture, we’re able to scale based on function.

* Boot Node – A boot or bootstrap node is used for running installation, configuration, node scaling, and cluster updates. Only one boot node is required for any cluster. You can use a single node for both master and boot.

* Master Node – A master node provides management services and controls the worker nodes in a cluster. Master nodes host processes that are responsible for resource allocation, state maintenance, scheduling, and monitoring.

* Worker Node – A worker node is a node that provides a containerized environment for running tasks. As demands increase, more worker nodes can easily be added to your cluster to improve performance and efficiency. A cluster can contain any number of worker nodes, but a minimum of one worker node is required.

** Proxy Node – A proxy node is a node that transmits external request to the services created inside your cluster.

Management Node – A management node is an optional node that only hosts management services such as monitoring, metering, and logging. By configuring dedicated management nodes, you can prevent the master node from becoming overloaded. You can enable the management node only during IBM Cloud Private installation.

VA Node – A VA (Vulnerability Advisor) node is an optional node that is used for running the Vulnerability Advisor services. Vulnerability Advisor services are resource intensive.

(Anything marked with * is required)

(Anything marked with ** is required for High Availability)

Installation and Setup

The installation and setup of IBM Cloud Private is a definitely selling point: setting up vanilla Kubernetes can be a daunting task – even for a seasoned Systems Engineer. There are a whole suite of software defined products that wrap open-source solutions:

These products do a great job at doing the following: understanding the strengths of the software and the gaps they have in the enterprise. For example – with Kubernetes: amazing software, incredible resilient but can be challenging to architect and manage. IBM (with IBM Cloud Private) has smoothed that process out and has provided a suite of tools and interfaces that fill those gaps – backed by industry leading support.

We’re not going to include any screenshots of the installation, because frankly it was too easy to even mention:

  1. Build the LPARs
  2. Install the pre-built IBM Cloud Private image
  3. Customize and Deploy the cluster

Now clearly there were steps in between, but we were so incredibly pleased with how easy it was to install and deploy this product. Being intimately familiar with OpenStack – this wasn’t even 1% of the difficulty of installing and configuring OpenStack.

Getting the cluster up and running was the easy part and testing the cluster for resiliency was the fun part. After the cluster was running, we went through and started taking nodes down to see how resilient things were. The problem with doing resiliency testing is you need something that can be impacted. It’s tough to pull power, or shut things down, when you don’t have a ‘state aware’ application where we can monitor how it was handled.

So, we wrote a little Golang app that’s very simple. You click a button, and it increments the counter (stored in a DB).

With this small containerized workload, we were able to set it up end to end with our new installation and test the resiliency of shutting down nodes within the cluster.

Running the Cluster

Remember when we said IBM has wrapped an open source software solution with an enterprise look and feel? Aside from the installation, this is where the product really shines.

IBM Cloud Private has a well-polished and enterprise grade management console that really excels at putting all of the pieces together. You can get a bird’s eye view of the health of the cluster right from the dashboard, view your deployments, and where they’re residing, and what they’re doing. You can deploy applications from the Helm catalog. Here are some of the things we thought were interesting:

GUI to CLI helper

So, on every screen you can click a button that shows what the command line equivalent would be to access the same information.

By no means necessary would we ever imply that using a GUI is going to be more efficient than administering a Kubernetes cluster on the command line – and neither is IBM. This feature is a great way to skill up on administrating Kubernetes through their suite of tools.

Spectrum Scale vs NFS

We architected this PoC to use NFS for /var/lib/registry. This filesystem is used for a shared registry store.  If you’re unfamiliar with docker/kubernetes, this is where your images are stored so any master that dispatches deployments has a copy of the docker images, and the worker nodes can reach back out to that master and pull the images as needed.

In our opinion NFS is not a great production enterprise solution. There is a lot of protocol overhead, it does not recovery cleanly and the performance leaves something to be desired. We recommend using Spectrum Scale to provide the image registry – which would provide a robust and high performing way to delivery docker images.

Using Spectrum Scale will allow for faster recovery times of containers that die. Think about it this way if – or when – node fails, you’ll want a lower latency to recover and start your workloads back up on a healthy node.

Monitoring

The monitoring and metering of usage statistics is really well put together in this product. We were particularly pleased with how well everything is put together inside the management console.

The ability to see how many processors each workload has access to and the number of containers running at any given time is perfect for performance troubleshooting and capacity planning.

The three services we especially liked was Metering / Monitoring and Alerting. All access through Menu > Platform.

Sizing

One thing to consider is how to size the cluster. We went with 3 masters and 3 worker nodes. This is not ideal namely because we clearly do not want half of the cluster to be used for management purposes – we did this for PoC reasons. The reason why we chose to go with more master nodes, was because we wanted to test out high availability. The great thing about this cluster, is we could now expand it to many more worker nodes: x86, ppc64, s390 etc.

As of writing this PoC, the ICP dashboard says that the master nodes use roughly 46% of all memory – but little misleading since it reports on the memory used by the masters as well as the workers.

The IBM Power Hardware Advantage

Powerful forces—mobile, cloud and big data & analytics—are redefining how business gets done. Leaders are leveraging these forces to deepen relationships with customers and partners, drive new efficiencies and expand business models. IBM is the right partner to help you.

IBM Power Systems are designed for big data—from operational to computational to business and cognitive Watson solutions—are optimized for performance and can scale to support demanding and growing workloads. Capitalize on the currency of data by finding business insights faster and more efficiently. And gain the elasticity you need to handle the varying analytics initiatives your business requires.

The IBM Power 8/9 processors were designed with big data in mind. They’re truly remarkable, with features such as:

  • Support for DDR3 and DDR4 memory through memory buffer chips that offload the memory support from the IBM POWER8 memory controller
  • L4 cache within the memory buffer chip that reduces the memory latency for local access to memory behind the buffer chip; the operation of the L4 cache is transparent to applications running on the IBM POWER8 processor. Up to 128 MB of L4 cache can be available for each IBM POWER8 processor.
  • Hardware transactional memory.
  • On-chip accelerators, including on-chip encryption, compression, and random number generation accelerators.
  • Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI), which allow accelerators plugged into a PCIe slot to access the processor bus using a low latency, high-speed protocol interface.
  • Adaptive IBM Power management.

As we referenced above in our benchmarking, another feature of the IBM Power 8 architecture is Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT). IBM Power 8 offers 8 threads per core. If your workload has throughput driven, SMT8 can offer incredible benefit.

Final Thoughts

Running your container workloads in the IBM Power ecosystem is something to definitely consider. This is hardware that’s optimized for big data, transactional workloads, and is on the forefront of innovation so companies can gain faster insights for competitive business advantages. The roadmap to getting legacy workloads into ICP is invaluable in itself – you’re containerizing for developer flexibility – but also to make everything generic. The ability to move and shift on demand is incredibly eye opening, for none other than the reason of pure price: on-prem to IBM Cloud to Amazon to Google and back.

Nobody is moving their entire organization to containers overnight. As we said before, what we’ve had best success with is to take one small workload and utilize design thinking.  With a singular vision in mind, bring many flavors of IT together in one room to execute on that vision. The goal, in this case, will be to take that one workload:

  • Containerize
  • Decouple
  • Orchestrate
  • Test (resiliency and performance)

There is an IBM Cloud Private Community Edition, so there’s no barrier to entry. No huge implementation to pilot with a team of experts. This is cutting edge innovation, wrapped in industry leading enterprise features, backed by leading support.

Here at The ATS Group, we have a very diverse Innovation Center where we implement Proof of Concepts for customers looking to do this very exercise. We specialize in the implementation and architecture of advanced technology – we’d love to hear your story, and to talk to you about what problems you may have. Please contact us with any questions!

Since our founding in 2001, we have consulted on thousands of system implementations, upgrades, backups and recoveries. We also support customers by providing managed services, performance analysis and capacity planning. We are industry-certified professionals supporting SMBs, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. As experts in top technology vendors, we are experienced in virtualization, server and storage systems integration, containerized workloads, high performance computing (HPC), software defined infrastructure (SDI), devops, enterprise backup and other evolving technologies that operate mission-critical systems on premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment.


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