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VMware vSphere 6 release good news for storage admins

VMware's vSphere 6 release shows that the vendor is aiming for a completely software-defined data center with a fully virtualized infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 10/05/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA software-defined TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA SDDC TBA Virtualization TBA virtualized infrastructure TBA VSAN TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMotion TBA high availability TBA Security TBA scalability TBA Data protection TBA replication TBA VMware PEX TBA Fault Tolerance TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Provisioning TBA Storage Management TBA SLA TBA 3D Flash TBA FT TBA vCPU TBA CPU
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Scale Computing HC3: A Look at a Hyperconverged Appliance

Consolidation and enhanced management enabled by virtualization has revolutionized the practice of IT around the world over the past few years. By abstracting compute from the underlying hardware systems, and enabling oversubscription of physical systems by virtual workloads, IT has been able to pack more systems into the data center than before. Moreover, for the first time in seemingly decades, IT has also taken a serious leap ahead in management, as this same virtual infrastructure has wrapped the virtualized workload with better capabilities than ever before - tools like increased visibility, fast provisioning, enhanced cloning, and better data protection. The net result has been a serious increase in overall IT efficiency.

But not all is love and roses with the virtual infrastructure. In the face of serious benefits and consequent rampant adoption, virtualization continues to advance and bring about more capability. All too often, an increase in capability has come at the cost of complexity. Virtualization now promises to do everything from serving up compute instances, to providing network infrastructure and network security, to enabling private clouds. 

For certain, much of this complexity exists between the individual physical infrastructures that IT must touch, and the simultaneous duplication that virtualization often brings into the picture. Virtual and physical networks must now be integrated, the relationship between virtual and physical servers must be tracked, and the administrator can barely answer with certainty whether key storage functions, like snapshots, should be managed on physical storage systems or in the virtual infrastructure.

Scale Computing, an early pioneer in HyperConverged solutions, has released multiple versions of HC3 appliances and now includes the 6th generation of Scale’s HyperCore Operating System. Scale Computing continues to push the boundary in regards to simplicity, value and availability that many SMB IT departments everywhere have come to rely on.  HC3 is an integration of storage and virtualized compute within a scale-out building block architecture that couples all of the elements of a virtual data center together inside a hyperconverged appliance. The result is a system that is simple to use and does away with much of the complexity associated with virtualization in the data center. By virtualizing and intermingling compute and storage inside a system that is designed for scale-out, HC3 does away with the need to manage virtual networks, assemble complex compute clusters, provision and manage storage, and a bevy of other day to day administrative tasks. Provisioning additional resources - any resource - becomes one-click-easy, and adding more physical resources as the business grows is reduced to a simple 2-minute exercise.

While this sounds compelling on the surface, Taneja Group recently turned our Technology Validation service - our hands-on lab service - to the task of evaluating whether Scale Computing's HC3 could deliver on these promises in the real world. For this task, we put an HC3 cluster through the paces to see how well it deployed, how it held up under use, and what special features it delivered that might go beyond the features found in traditional integrations of discreet compute and storage systems.

While we did touch upon whether Scale's architecture could scale performance as well as capacity, we focused our testing upon how the seamless integration of storage and compute within HC3 tackles key complexity challenges in the traditional virtual infrastructure.

As it turns out, HC3 is a far different system than the traditional compute and storage systems that we've looked at before. HC3's combination of compute and storage takes place within a scale-out paradigm, where adding more resources is simply a matter of adding additional nodes to a cluster. This immediately brings on more storage and compute resources, and makes adapting and growing the IT infrastructure a no-brainer exercise. On top of this adaptability, virtual machines (VMs) can run on any of the nodes, without any complex external networking. This delivers seamless utilization of all datacenter resources, in a dense and power efficient footprint, while significantly enhancing storage performance.

Meanwhile, within an HC3 cluster, these capabilities are all delivered on top of a uniquely robust system architecture that can tolerate any failure - from a disk to an entire cluster node - and guarantee a level of availability seldom seen by mid-sized customers. Moreover, that uniquely robust, clustered, scale-out architecture can also intermix different generation of nodes in a way that will put an end to painful upgrades by reducing them to simply decommissioning old nodes as new ones are introduced.

HC3’s flexibility, ease of deployment, robustness and a management interface is the simplest and easiest to use that we have seen. This makes HC3 a disruptive game changer for SMB and SME businesses. HC3 stands to banish complex IT infrastructure deployment, permanently alter on-going operational costs, and take application availability to a new level. With those capabilities in focus, single bottom-line observations don’t do HC3 justice. In our assessment, HC3 may take as little as 1/10th the effort to setup and install as traditional infrastructure, 1/4th the effort to configure and deploy a virtual machine (VM) versus doing so using traditional infrastructure, and can banish the planning, performance troubleshooting, and reconfiguration exercises that can consume as much as 25-50% of an IT administrator’s time. HC3 is about delivering on all of these promises simultaneously, and with the additional features we'll discuss, transforming the way SMB/SME IT is done.

Publish date: 09/30/15
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Cohesity Data Platform: Hyperconverged Secondary Storage

Primary storage is often defined as storage hosting mission-critical applications with tight SLAs, requiring high performance.  Secondary storage is where everything else typically ends up and, unfortunately, data stored there tends to accumulate without much oversight.  Most of the improvements within the overall storage space, most recently driven by the move to hyperconverged infrastructure, have flowed into primary storage.  By shifting the focus from individual hardware components to commoditized, clustered and virtualized storage, hyperconvergence has provided a highly-available virtual platform to run applications on, which has allowed IT to shift their focus from managing individual hardware components and onto running business applications, increasing productivity and reducing costs. 

Companies adopting this new class of products certainly enjoyed the benefits, but were still nagged by a set of problems that it didn’t address in a complete fashion.  On the secondary storage side of things, they were still left dealing with too many separate use cases with their own point solutions.  This led to too many products to manage, too much duplication and too much waste.  In truth, many hyperconvergence vendors have done a reasonable job at addressing primary storage use cases, , on their platforms, but there’s still more to be done there and more secondary storage use cases to address.

Now, however, a new category of storage has emerged. Hyperconverged Secondary Storage brings the same sort of distributed, scale-out file system to secondary storage that hyperconvergence brought to primary storage.  But, given the disparate use cases that are embedded in secondary storage and the massive amount of data that resides there, it’s an equally big problem to solve and it had to go further than just abstracting and scaling the underlying physical storage devices.  True Hyperconverged Secondary Storage also integrates the key secondary storage workflows - Data Protection, DR, Analytics and Test/Dev - as well as providing global deduplication for overall file storage efficiency, file indexing and searching services for more efficient storage management and hooks into the cloud for efficient archiving. 

Cohesity has taken this challenge head-on.

Before delving into the Cohesity Data Platform, the subject of this profile and one of the pioneering offerings in this new category, we’ll take a quick look at the state of secondary storage today and note how current products haven’t completely addressed these existing secondary storage problems, creating an opening for new competitors to step in.

Publish date: 03/30/16
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Evaluating hyper-converged architectures: Five key CIO considerations

Simplicity and cost savings are among the benefits of hyper-converged architectures, but the biggest draw for CIOs may be how these systems make IT teams more business-ready.

  • Premiered: 04/27/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search CIO
Topic(s): TBA CIO TBA simplicity TBA hyper-converged TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Storage TBA CAPEX TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Cloud TBA Business Continuity TBA BC TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Hypervisor TBA software-defined TBA Networking TBA converged TBA convergence TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VDI TBA virtual desktop TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Datacenter TBA scale-out TBA OPEX TBA Provisioning TBA WANO
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When data storage infrastructure really has a brain

Big data analysis and the internet of things are helping produce more intelligent storage infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 09/06/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Big Data TBA big data analytics TBA Internet of Things TBA IoT TBA storage infrastructure TBA Storage TBA Intelligent Storage TBA CPU TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA HPE TBA StoreVirtual TBA hyper-converged TBA hyper-converged architectures TBA HyperGrid TBA Nutanix TBA Pivot3 TBA SimpliVity TBA Optimization TBA Datrium TBA Provisioning TBA Artificial Intelligence TBA Cloud TBA elastic cloud TBA data processing TBA Python TBA Spark TBA API TBA REST API
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What options exist for IT infrastructure management services?

What kinds of as-a-service IT management options are available? Are IT management services only coming from startups, or do established management software vendors have options?

  • Premiered: 10/18/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search IT Operations
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA Multi-tenancy TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Storage TBA Private Cloud TBA ROBO TBA Exablox TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA CloudPhysics TBA Galileo TBA Performance Explorer TBA Big Data TBA big data analytics TBA Machine Learning TBA Perspica TBA Microsoft TBA HPE TBA BMC TBA Riverbed TBA SteelCentral TBA IT Management TBA VMworld 2016 TBA VMWorld TBA VMWare TBA ServiceNow TBA HyperGrid TBA Provisioning TBA Galactic Exchange
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Hyper-convergence: It's for more than primary data storage

The lines between primary and secondary storage and applications such as hyper-convergence remain blurry. But they are a starting point for further discussion.