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Software Defined/Virtualized Infrastructure

Includes Software-Defined Infrastructure (compute, storage and networking), Virtual Infrastructure technologies (server virtualization, desktop virtualization, I/O virtualization), and the interplay between these technologies and traditional storage. Covers different types of Software-Defined Storage, such as Scale-out NAS, in depth.

Taneja Group has been at the forefront of assessing and characterizing virtualization and software-defined infrastructure technologies since they began to emerge in the early 2000’s. Virtualization has caused one of the most disruptive technology shifts in data center infrastructure in the last 15 years. While its basic principles may not be new, virtualization has never been so widespread, nor has it been applied to as many platforms as it is in today. Taneja Group analysts combine expert knowledge of server and storage virtualization with keen insight into their impact on all aspects of IT operations and management to give our clients the research and analysis required to take advantage of this “virtual evolution.” We focus on the interplay of server and client virtualization technologies with storage, and study the impact on performance, security and management of the IT infrastructure. Our virtualization practice covers all virtual infrastructure components: server virtualization/hypervisors, desktop/client virtualization, storage virtualization, and network and I/O virtualization.

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Achieving Security Controls Native to the Infrastructure with a Virtualized Network

Many VMware customers that have succeeded in their server virtualization initiatives are now finding that their network and security infrastructure is becoming an inhibitor to innovation and growth. The network has traditionally been a highly complex and proprietary resource in most companies’ data centers, making it both difficult and costly to change. With security services such as firewalls and intrusion detection/prevention typically tied into hard-wired network infrastructure, a company’s security capabilities are also often slow to evolve, especially given the importance of security in protecting critical information assets.

Taneja Group’s latest research probed VMware customers—from large enterprises to small and midsize companies and across multiple geographies and industries—on their networking and security infrastructure and practices. We found that many customers are on a path to virtualizing their network infrastructure, unleashing it from the constraints imposed by underlying hardware dependencies, and building in native security controls to better protect their workloads and data. By taking this approach, your IT organization can move one step closer to becoming a software-defined enterprise.

In this paper, you will learn a few basic steps you can take to increase agility, improve security and streamline management in your own organization, based on the experience other IT professionals have had in virtualizing their network infrastructure and building in native security controls.

Publish date: 03/16/15
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Delivering Data Center Virtualization and Hybrid Cloud Extensibility

Infrastructure virtualization can bring great benefits to organizations of all shapes and sizes. Companies that have implemented VMware vSphere to virtualize their compute infrastructure have increased their server utilization and application availability, while reducing hardware and space/power/cooling costs through server consolidation. Many customers that started their virtualization journey with tier 2/tier 3 workloads now also virtualize business critical applications, such as ERP and data warehousing solutions. Companies are also looking to extend the advantages of virtualization to other infrastructure resources, including storage and networking. This approach allows customers to further reduce data center CAPEX and operating costs, while improving service levels and deployment flexibility. As they progressively virtualize their resources in the data center, companies often begin to take the next step and look to cloud services to achieve greater efficiency, flexibility and scale to meet business demand.

Based on the results of our latest research, VMware customers’ journey to a Software-Defined Data Center is well underway, with many customers now also extending their environments to the hybrid cloud. Taneja Group’s research probed VMware customers—from large enterprises to small and midsize companies and across multiple geographies and industries—on their data center virtualization and hybrid cloud capabilities and practices. Companies that are on a path to data center-wide virtualization and hybrid cloud extensibility tend to face a similar set of challenges along the way, and many are now looking to VMware for solutions to overcome these challenges. These VMware customers are seeking to further improve resource utilization, increase infrastructure and application availability, and significantly enhance deployment flexibility—while retaining IT control and reducing ownership costs.

In this paper, you will learn—based on our study findings and VMware customer experience—how you can benefit by following a proven path to virtualize additional data center resources and flexibly extend your applications and infrastructure to the hybrid cloud.

Publish date: 03/09/15
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Scale Computing Field Report

Virtualization is mature and widely adopted in the enterprise market, and convergence/hyperconvergence with virtualization is taking the market by storm. But what about mid-sized and SMB? Are they falling behind?

Many of them are. Generalist IT, low virtualization budgets, and small staff sizes all militate against complex virtualization projects and high costs. What this means is that when mid-sized and SMB want to virtualize, they either get sticker shock from high prices and high complexity, or dissatisfaction with cheap, poorly scalable and unreliable solutions. What they want and need is hyperconvergence for ease in management, lower CapEx and OpEx; and a simplified but highly scalable and available virtualization platform.

This is a tall order but not an impossible one: Scale Computing claims to meet these requirements for this large market segment, and Taneja Group’s HC3 Validation Report supports those claims. However, although lab results are vital to knowing the real story they are only part of that story. We also wanted to hear directly from IT about Scale in the real world of the mid-sized and SMB data center.

We undertook a Field Report project where we spoke at length with eight Scale customers. This report details our findings around the top common points we found throughout eight different environments: exceptional simplicity, excellent support, clear value, painless scalability, and high availability – all at a low price. These key features make a hyperconverged platform a reality for SMB and mid-market virtualization customers. 

Publish date: 01/05/15
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Field Report: Nutanix vs. VCE - Web-Scale Vs. Converged Infrastructure in the Real World

This Field Report was created by Taneja Group for Nutanix. The Taneja Group analyzed the experiences of seven Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform customers and seven Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) Vblock customers. We did not ‘cherry-pick’ customers for dissatisfaction, delight, or specific use case; we were interested in typical customers’ honest reactions.

As we talked in detail to these customers, we kept seeing the same patterns: 1) VCE users were interested in converged systems; and 2) they chose VCE because VCE partners Cisco, EMC, and/or VMware were embedded in their IT relationships and sales. The VCE process had the advantage of vendor familiarity, but it came at a price: high capital expense, infrastructure and management complexity, expensive support contracts, and concerns over the long-term viability of the VCE partnership. VCE customers typically did not research other options for converged infrastructure prior to deploying the VCE Vblock solution.

In contrast, Nutanix users researched several convergence and hyperconvergence vendors to determine the best possible fit. Nutanix’ advanced web-scale framework gave them simplified architecture and management, reasonable acquisition and operating costs, and considerably faster time to value.

Our conclusion, based on the amount of time and effort spent by the teams responsible for managing converged infrastructure, is that VCE Vblock deployments represent an improvement over traditional architectures, but Nutanix hyperconvergence – especially with its web-scale architecture – is an big improvement over VCE.

This Field Report will compare customer experiences with Nutanix hyperconverged, web-scale infrastructure to VCE Vblock in real-world environments.

Publish date: 10/16/14
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HP ConvergedSystem: Altering Business Efficiency and Agility with Integrated Systems

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Over the past few years Integrated Computing systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have burst onto the scene and have been readily adopted by large enterprise users. The success of these systems has been built by taking well-known IT workloads and combining it with purpose built integrated computing systems optimized for that particular workload. Example workloads today that are being integrated to create these systems are Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database, VDI or even combinations of two or more.

In the past putting these workload solutions together meant having or hiring technology experts with multiple domain knowledge expertise. Integration and validation could take months of on-premise work. Fortunately, technology vendors have matured along with their Integrated Computing systems approach, and now practically every vendor seems to be touting one integrated system or another focused on solving a particular workload problem. The promised set of business benefits delivered by these new systems fall into these key areas:

·         Implementation efficiency that accelerates time to realizing value from integrated systems

·         Operational efficiency through optimized workload density and an ideally right sized set of infrastructure

·         Management efficiency enabled by an integrated management umbrella that ties all of the components of a solution together

·         Scale and agility efficiency unlocked through a repeatedly deployable building block approach

·         Support efficiency that comes with deeply integrated, pre-configured technologies, overarching support tools, and a single vendor support approach for an entire-set of infrastructure

In late 2013, HP introduced a new portfolio offering called HP ConvergedSystem – a family of systems that includes a specifically designed virtualization offering. ConvergedSystem marked a new offering, designed to tackle key customer pain points around infrastructure and software solution deployment, while leveraging HP’s expertise in large scale build-and-integration processes to herald an entirely new level of agility around speed of ordering and implementation. In this profile, we’ll examine how integrated computing systems marks a serious departure from the inefficiencies of traditional order-build-deploy customer processes, and also evaluate HP’s latest advancement of these types of systems.

Publish date: 10/16/14
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Massively Scalable, Intrinsically Simple: Tintri’s Low TCO for the Virtualized Data Center

Fast-growing virtualized environments present a thorny storage challenge to IT. Whether mission-critical applications with demanding SLAs, VDI rollouts with boot storms, or deploying a private cloud for large dev & test environments: delivering virtualized environments and cloud deployments using traditional storage can stall or break a virtualization project.

Flash technology is certainly part of the solution to performance challenges posed by virtualized workloads, but can be prohibitively expensive to broadly implement across the environment. Although flash can be deployed in a number of targeted ways and placed in the infrastructure, the more it is tied down to specific hosts and workloads, the less benefit it provides to the overall production environment. This in turn causes more management overhead.

Recently Taneja Group ran Tintri VMstore storage through our hands-on validation lab and documented significant large factors of improvement over traditional storage. Those factors accrue through Tintri’s cost-effective acquisition, simplicity and ease of deployment and data migration, effective high performance and availability and smooth expansion over time.

This Field Report validates our impressive lab findings with feedback from the field: six customers who have Tintri storage in production environments. While each customer has a unique own story to tell, we found that everyone documented a compelling value proposition based on TCO factors. Throughout our research we found that Tintri’s approach provides significantly lower TCO than traditional storage solutions.

Publish date: 10/13/14
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