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Hyperconvergence tackles storage and server strain

The simplicity of all-in-one data center offerings makes hyperconvergence popular with smaller businesses. After spending more than a decade selling IT shops on the benefits of separate server and storage environments, IT infrastructure vendors are starting to take a different tack, bundling servers and storage -- and in some cases, networking -- into Lego-like modules. The big plus is, they scale for capacity and performance, and they're managed as a single system.

  • Premiered: 05/20/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA hyper convergence TBA Storage TBA Data Center TBA scalability TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA vCenter TBA VCE TBA vBlock TBA NetApp TBA FlexPod TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA SAN TBA VMWare TBA OmniCube
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In the Cloud Era, The Era of Convergence Is Upon Us

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Every major vendor has some type of offering under this category. Startups and smaller players are also "talking" convergence. But what exactly is convergence and why are all the vendors so interested in getting included in this category? We will explain below the history of convergence, what it is, what it is not, what benefits accrue from such systems, who the players are, and who is leading the pack in true convergence.

  • Premiered: 06/10/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Virtualization Review TBA Virtualization TBA IT infrastructure TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Networking TBA HDD TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA Cloud Computing TBA Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Hadoop TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Compression TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Remote Office TBA ROBO TBA Compute TBA hyperconvergence TBA Server Virtualization
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Ready or not, converged infrastructure systems are here

Converged infrastructures assemble components from multiple IT domains into one integrated system by combining virtualization, storage, networking and compute. A management framework is also included that allows orchestration of the entire infrastructure so that each constituent technology doesn't have to be managed separately. But from that set of basic parameters, the individual flavors vary significantly, and those different flavors are well worth a closer look.

  • Premiered: 07/08/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Jeff Boles TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA Networking TBA Compute TBA Virtualization TBA VCE TBA VMWare TBA Cisco TBA EMC TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA Storage TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Data Center TBA Cloud TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Deduplication TBA Data Deduplication TBA convergence TBA Nutanix TBA hyper convergence
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Executive Summary: VCE and Nutanix in the Real World

Taneja Group prepared a Field Report for Nutanix on the real-world customer experience for seven Nutanix hyperconvergence and seven VCE convergence customers. We did not cherry pick customers for dissatisfaction or delight; we were interested in typical customers’ honest reactions.

The same conclusions kept emerging: VCE users see convergence as a benefit over traditional do-it-yourself infrastructure, but an expensive one. Some of the concerns include high prices, infrastructure and management complexity, expensive support contracts, and concerns over the long-term viability of the partnership between EMC, VMware and Cisco. The Nutanix users also shared valuable hyperconvergence benefits.  In contrast to VCE, they also cited simplified architecture and management, reasonable acquisition and operating costs, and considerably faster time to value.

Our conclusion is that VCE convergence is an improvement over traditional architecture, but Nutanix hyperconvergence is an evolutionary improvement over VCE. 

Publish date: 09/29/14
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EMC upgrades Isilon NAS for file storage, Hadoop analytics

EMC today launched two new Isilon scale-out network-attached storage arrays and added the ability to use flash as a read cache for all Isilon systems.

  • Premiered: 07/08/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NAS TBA Storage TBA File Storage TBA Hadoop TBA analytics TBA VCE TBA Pivotal TBA NVRAM TBA SmartFlash TBA OneFS TBA OpenStack TBA HDFS TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Caching TBA flash cache TBA DRAM TBA Cloud TBA BYOD TBA Block Storage
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Five VM-Level Infrastructure Adaptations

It used to be that IT struggled to intimately understand every app in order to provide the right supporting infrastructure. Today, server virtualization makes the job much easier, because IT can now just cater to VMs. By working and communicating at the VM level, both app owners and infrastructure admins stay focused, using a common API to help ensure apps are hosted effectively and IT runs efficiently.

  • Premiered: 07/21/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Infrastructure TBA Server Virtualization TBA API TBA VMWare TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA VSAN TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOL TBA LUN TBA Backup TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA convergence TBA hyperconvergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA HP TBA IBM TBA VCE TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA Nutanix TBA server TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Cloud TBA Tintri TBA Mike Matchett
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Siloing stifles data center growth

It's time to knock down those silos, one by one. IT is transforming from a siloed set of reactive cost centers into a service provider with a focus on helping the business compete.

  • Premiered: 09/16/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Data Center TBA tech target TBA Mike Matchett TBA Virtualization TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA IT infrastructure TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA convergence TBA Hypervisor TBA VCE TBA Dell TBA IBM TBA hyper convergence TBA software defined infrastructure TBA Maxta TBA Hybrid
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General Purpose Disk Array Buying Guide

The disk array remains the core element of any storage infrastructure. So it’s appropriate that we delve into it in a lot more detail.

  • Premiered: 02/17/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Enterprise Storage Forum
Topic(s): TBA Disk TBA Storage TBA VDI TBA virtual desktop TBA NAS TBA Network Attached Storage TBA VCE TBA VNX TBA HDS TBA EMC TBA HP TBA NetApp TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA Hitachi TBA IBM TBA Dell TBA Syncplicity TBA VSPEX TBA IBM SVC TBA SAN Volume Controller TBA software-defined TBA Software Defined Storage TBA SDS TBA Storwize TBA Storwize V7000 TBA replication TBA Automated Tiering TBA tiering TBA Virtualization TBA 3PAR
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EMC dramatically expands HyperConverged offerings with VxRack.

With its VCE VxRack announcement this week at EMC World, EMC is fully validating and expanding the HyperConverged category of infrastructure.

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Hyperconverged storage challenges the SAN paradigm

HCI makes local storage cool again -- and it keeps pace with how VMs access and store data better than some traditional storage architectures.

  • Premiered: 06/16/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA HCI TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA Data Center TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA iSCSI TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Arun Taneja TBA DAS TBA PCI TBA SCSI TBA scale-out TBA NAS TBA Block Storage TBA hyperscale TBA Compute TBA VCE TBA Capacity TBA Nutanix
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In the Cloud Era, The Era of Convergence Is Upon Us

What exactly is convergence and what is making vendors scramble to get included in this category?

  • Premiered: 06/10/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA IT infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Storage TBA HDD TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA Backup TBA Hadoop TBA Cloud Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Capacity TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged TBA VCE TBA VMWare TBA Cisco TBA EMC
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Converged IT Infrastructure's Place in the Internet of Things

All of the trends leading towards the world-wide Internet of Things (IoT) – ubiquitous, embedded computing, mobile, organically distributed nodes, and far-flung networks tying them together - are also coming in full force into the IT data center. These solutions are taking the form of converged and hyperconverged modules of IT infrastructure. Organizations adopting such solutions gain from a simpler building-block way to architect and deploy IT, and forward-thinking vendors now have a unique opportunity to profit from subscription services that while delivering superior customer insight and support, also help build a trusted advisor relationship that promises an ongoing “win-win” scenario for both the client and the vendor.

There are many direct (e.g. revenue impacting) and indirect (e.g. customer satisfaction) benefits we mention in this report, but the key enabler to this opportunity is in establishing an IoT scale data analysis capability. Specifically, by approaching converged and hyperconverged solutions as an IoT “appliance”, and harvesting low-level component data on utilization, health, configuration, performance, availability, faults, and other end point metrics across the full worldwide customer base deployment of appliances, an IoT vendor can then analyze the resulting stream of data with great profit for both the vendor and each individual client. Top-notch analytics can feed support, drive product management, assure sales/account control, inform marketing, and even provide a revenue opportunity directly (e.g. offering a gold level of service to the end customer). 

An IoT data stream from a large pool of appliances is almost literally the definition of “big data” – non-stop machine data at large scale with tremendous variety (even within a single converged solution stack) – and operating and maintaining such a big data solution requires a significant amount of data wrangling, data science and ongoing maintenance to stay current. Unfortunately this means IT vendors looking to position IoT oriented solutions may have to invest a large amount of cash, staff and resources into building out and supporting such analytics. For many vendors, especially those with a varied or complex convergence solution portfolio or established as a channel partner building them from third-party reference architectures, these big data costs can be prohibitive. However, failing to provide these services may result in large friction selling and supporting converged solutions to clients now expecting to manage IT infrastructure as appliances.

In this report, we’ll look at the convergence and hyperconvergence appliance trend, and the increasing customer expectations for such solutions. In particular we’ll see how IT appliances in the market need to be treated as complete, commoditized products as ubiquitous and with the same end user expectations as emerging household IoT solutions. In this context, we’ll look at Glassbeam’s unique B2B SaaS SCALAR that converged and hyperconverged IT appliance vendors can immediately adopt to provide an IoT machine data analytic solution. We’ll see how Glassbeam can help differentiate amongst competing solutions, build a trusted client relationship, better manage and support clients, and even provide additional direct revenue opportunities.

Publish date: 08/18/15
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Hyperconvergence Finally Gets Scale At VMware

EVO:RACK, now known as EVO SDDC (no colon) are supporting a more diverse set of hardware and much greater scale, says VMware.

  • Premiered: 08/31/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: The Platform
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA EVO:RACK TBA EVO:RAIL TBA EVO SDDC TBA Datacenter TBA Data Center TBA Performance TBA ESXi TBA Hypervisor TBA vSphere TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA EMC TBA HP TBA Pivot3 TBA Scale Computing TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Cloud TBA Dell TBA VCE TBA Cisco TBA Software Defined Data Center TBA SDDC TBA SAN
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Potential impact of Dell Buying EMC for VCE Customers – It may be a good time to try HyperConverged

Even with the improved ease-of-use with converged 3-tier products like EMC VCE, customers routinely see complexity and cost as key reasons to switch to HCI.

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Hyperconvergence for ROBOs and the Datacenter

Remote/branch office management is more important, and complicated, than ever. Here are some survival tips.

  • Premiered: 12/17/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA ROBO TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Virtualization TBA Data Center TBA Datacenter TBA Compute TBA cluster TBA clusters TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Cloud TBA cloud gateway TBA Backup TBA Scale TBA VCE TBA Dell TBA HP TBA IBM TBA SimpliVity TBA Nutanix TBA Pivot3 TBA Scale Computing TBA CAPEX TBA OPEX TBA TCO
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Nutanix Versus VCE: Web-Scale Versus Converged Infrastructure in the Real World

This Field Report was created by Taneja Group for Nutanix in late 2014 with updates in 2015. The Taneja Group analyzed the experiences of seven Nutanix Xtreme 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 (see an opinion of the DELL/EMC merger at end of this document). 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: 01/14/16
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Assimilate converged IT infrastructure into the data center

With the hype around converged and hyper-converged IT infrastructure, resistance seems futile. While your IT organization will likely be a mix of converged, dedicated and cloud-based resources, convergence is moving into new areas.

  • Premiered: 03/16/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA convergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA Datacenter TBA Storage TBA converged TBA IT convergence TBA converged IT TBA Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA OPEX TBA VCE TBA vBlock TBA Virtualization TBA software-defined TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA HCI TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Microsoft TBA StorSimple TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Archive TBA Backup TBA BC TBA Business Continuity TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA data lake
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The Hyperconverged Data Center: Nutanix Customers Explain Why They Replaced Their EMC SANS

Taneja Group spoke with several Nutanix customers in order to understand why they switched from EMC storage to the Nutanix platform. All of the respondent’s articulated key architectural benefits of hyperconvergence versus a traditional 3-tier solutions. In addition, specific Nutanix features for mission-critical production environments were often cited.

Hyperconverged systems have become a mainstream alternative to traditional 3-tier architecture consisting of separate compute, storage and networking products. Nutanix collapses this complex environment into software-based infrastructure optimized for virtual environments. Hypervisor, compute, storage, networking, and data services run on scalable nodes that seamlessly scale across massive virtual assets. Hyperconvergence offers a key value proposition over 3-tier architecture:  instead of deploying, managing and integrating separate components – storage, servers, networking, data services, and hypervisors – these components are combined into a modular high performance system.

The customers we interviewed operate in very different industries. In common, they all maintained data centers undergoing fundamental changes, typically involving an opportunity to refresh some portion of their 3-tier infrastructure. This enabled the evaluation of hyperconvergence in supporting those changes. Customers interviewed found that Nutanix hyperconvergence delivered benefits in the areas of scalability, simplicity, value, performance, and support. If we could use one phrase to explain why Nutanix’ is winning over EMC customers in the enterprise market it would be “Ease of Everything.” Nutanix works, and works consistently with small and large clusters, in single and multiple datacenters, with specialist or generalist IT support, and across hypervisors.

The five generations of Nutanix products span many years of product innovation. Web-scale architecture has been the key to Nutanix platform’s enterprise capable performance, simplicity and scalability. Building technology like this requires years of innovation and focus and is not an add-on for existing products and architectures.

The modern data center is quickly changing. Extreme data growth and complexity are driving data center directors toward innovative technology that will grow with them. Given the benefits of Nutanix web-scale architecture – and the Ease of Everything – data center directors can confidently adopt Nutanix as their partner in data center transformation just as the following EMC customers did.

Publish date: 03/31/16
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Hyper-converged vendors offer new use cases, products

Hyper-converged market systems show they are ready to branch out beyond primary storage applications. In fact, it's happening now.

  • Premiered: 04/15/16
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Converged IT
Topic(s): TBA hyper-converged TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Primary Storage TBA Storage TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA scale-out TBA scale-out architecture TBA converged TBA convergence TBA HPE TBA ConvergedSystem TBA NetApp TBA FlexPod TBA VCE TBA Compute TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtualization TBA Mobility TBA Cloud TBA cloud integration TBA web-scale TBA web-scale storage TBA secondary storage TBA VM TBA VM centricity TBA VM-centric TBA Virtual Machine TBA WAN Optimization