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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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Scale Computing Announces Record Sales in Q2

Scale Computing , the leading provider of hyperconverged solutions, today announced a record quarter in Q2 2014, with 30% growth over the previous quarter. In addition, Scale Computing’s Q2 sales pipeline grew by over 50% versus the previous quarter.

  • Premiered: 08/13/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: WSJ MarketWatch
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Scale Computing TBA hyperconverged TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA scalability
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Gridstore Extends Product Line With Hyperconverged Appliance

Gridstore™, the leader in converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft Hyper-V, today introduced a range of Hyper-V focused hyper-converged appliances, including the first all-flash appliance, to deliver tunable, auto-optimized compute and storage resources together in a single system.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWired
Topic(s): TBA Gridstore TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA hyper convergence TBA hyperconverged TBA Hyper-V TBA converged TBA convergence
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Gridstore Inc. gives Hyper-V storage a hyper-converged twist

Gridstore adds servers to its storage nodes for Microsoft Hyper-V and becomes the latest hyper-converged vendor.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Gridstore TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA hyperconverged TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA vController TBA convergence TBA software-defined TBA software-defined architecture
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Reference architectures bring appliance feel to hyper-converged systems

Using a reference architecture with software-only hyper-converged systems can be a good way to make the software feel more like a complete system.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA TechTarget TBA Arun Taneja TBA hyperconverged TBA converged TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA scale-out TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA VDI
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Can you compare software-defined storage architecture to hyper-converged systems?

Hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage provide similar storage management features, but the technologies are architected very differently.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA TechTarget TBA hyperconverged TBA SDS TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA EMC VMAX TBA EMC TBA VMAX TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA HDS TBA Hitachi TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA IBM TBA IBM DS8000 TBA NetApp TBA High Performance TBA ViPR TBA SAN Volume Controller TBA SAN TBA Maxta TBA MxSP TBA Gridstore TBA HCS TBA Deduplication TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA EVO
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Scale Computing HC3 And VMware Virtual SAN Hyperconverged Solutions - Head to Head

Scale Computing was an early proponent of hyperconverged appliances and is one of the innovators in this marketplace. Since the release of Scale Computing’s first hyperconverged appliance, many others have come to embrace the elegance of having storage and compute functionality combined on a single server. Even the virtualization juggernaut VMware has seen the benefits of abstracting, pooling, and running storage and compute on shared commodity hardware. VMware’s current hyperconverged storage initiative, VMware Virtual SAN, seems to be gaining traction in the marketplace. We thought it would be an interesting exercise to compare and contrast Scale Computing’s hyperconverged appliance to a hyperconverged solution built around VMware Virtual SAN. Before we delve into this exercise, however, let’s go over a little background history on the topic.

Taneja Group defines hyperconvergence as the integration of multiple previously separate IT domains into one system in order to serve up an entire IT infrastructure from a single device or system. This means that hyperconverged systems contain all IT infrastructure—networking, compute and storage—while promising to preserve the adaptability of the best traditional IT approaches. Such capability implies an architecture built for seamless and easy scaling over time, in a "grow as needed” fashion.

Scale Computing got its start with scale-out storage appliances and has since morphed these into a hyperconverged appliance—HC3. HC3 was the natural evolution of its well-regarded line of scale-out storage appliances, which includes both a hypervisor and a virtual infrastructure manager. HC3’s strong suit is its ease of use and affordability. The product has seen tremendous growth and now has over 900 deployments.

VMware got its start with compute virtualization software and is by far the largest virtualization company in the world. VMware has always been a software company, and takes pride in its hardware agnosticism. VMware’s first attempt to combine shared direct-attached storage (DAS) storage and compute on the same server resulted in a product called “VMware vSphere Storage Appliance” (VSA), which was released in June of 2011. VSA had many limitations and didn’t seem to gain traction in the marketplace and reached its end of availability (EOA) in June of 2014. VMware’s second attempt, VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN), which was announced at VMworld in 2013, shows a lot of promise and seems to be gaining acceptance, with over 300 paying customers using the product. We will be comparing VMware Virtual SAN to Scale Computing’s hyperconverged appliance, HC3, in this paper.

Here we have two companies: Scale Computing, which has transformed from an early innovator in scale-out storage to a company that provides a hyperconverged appliance; and VMware, which was an early innovator in compute virtualization and since has transformed into a company that provides the software needed to create build-your-own hyperconverged systems. We looked deeply into both systems (HC3 and VSAN) and walked both through a series of exercises to see how they compare. We aimed this review at what we consider a sweet spot for these products: small to medium-sized enterprises with limited dedicated IT staff and a limited budget. After spending time with these two solutions, and probing various facets of them, we came up with some strong conclusions about their ability to provide an affordable, easy to use, scalable solution for this market.

The observations we have made for both products are based on hands-on testing both in our lab and on-site at Scale Computing’s facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although we talk about performance in general terms, we do not, and you should not, construe this to be a benchmarking test. We have, in good faith, verified all conclusions made around any timing issues. Moreover, the numbers that we are using are generalities that we believe are widely known and accepted in the virtualization community.

Publish date: 10/01/14
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Arun Taneja to Host Gridstore Webinar: Why Hyper-Converged Is Invading the Data Center

Kelly Murphy, Gridstore Founder and CTO, will join Arun to discuss Gridstore's new HyperConverged Appliance purpose-built for Windows environments, and how Gridstore solves the 5 biggest challenges of existing hyper-converged solutions.

  • Premiered: 10/08/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Marketwired
Topic(s): TBA Gridstore TBA Arun Taneja TBA hyperconverged
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HP Enters HyperConverged Market

With HP entering the HyperConverged market it begs the question; who doesn’t offer a HyperConverged system these days?

  • Premiered: 10/14/14
  • Author: Jeff Kato
Topic(s): HP Jeff Kato hyperconverged hyperconvergence Virtualization
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HP adds StoreVirtual, EVO: RAIL hyper-converged appliances

HP rolled out three hyper-converged appliances aimed at the SMB market, including a box that conforms to VMware EVO: RAIL specs.

  • Premiered: 10/16/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA VMWare TBA EVO:RAIL TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA ConvergedSystem TBA vSphere TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtual SAN TBA VSAN TBA Storage TBA scale-out TBA Virtualization TBA hybrid storage TBA High Performance TBA HPC TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Arun Taneja
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5 Tips for Working with the Scale Computing HC3 Hyperconvergence Appliance

Is this all-in-one virtualization box a good choice for an SMB?

  • Premiered: 10/28/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Scale Computing TBA HC3 TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA KVM TBA Hypervisor TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Performance TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Datacenter TBA Infrastructure TBA Infrastructure Performance
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Use storage system features to granularly manage virtual machines

Arun Taneja explains the importance of managing storage granularly and which vendors are meeting the demand for VM-level visibility.

  • Premiered: 11/18/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA LUN TBA SAN TBA replication TBA Hypervisor TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA QoS TBA NexGen TBA Fusion-IO TBA Gridstore TBA Maxta TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence
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Hyperconvergence Makes Virtualization a Cinch for Businesses

Small business IT teams that want to wholeheartedly embrace server virtualization but are perhaps intimidated by getting up to speed on the technology may welcome a solution that ensures all integrated components work together automatically and transparently in the background.

  • Premiered: 11/24/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: BizTech Magazine
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Virtualization TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged TBA LUN TBA Storage TBA HPC TBA High Performance TBA SimpliVity TBA OmniCube TBA SAN TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA HP TBA IBM TBA Scale Computing TBA Nutanix
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Maxta Storage Platform gains validation from Cisco, HP

Cisco tests MaxDeploy reference architecture for Unified Computing System, while HP approves it for the ProLiant 2500 series.

  • Premiered: 11/19/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cisco TBA Arun Taneja TBA Unified Computing System TBA MaxDeploy TBA HP TBA HP ProLiant TBA ProLiant TBA Maxta TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA UCS TBA server TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA ConvergedSystem TBA EVO:RAIL TBA VMWare TBA Compute TBA Storage TBA SimpliVity TBA Nimboxx TBA Nutanix TBA Hypervisor TBA Infrastructure TBA reference architectures
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Why a storage reference architecture matters in software-defined IT

Software-defined and hyper-converged storage don't eliminate the need for vendor reference architectures.

  • Premiered: 12/11/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA software-defined TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA reference architectures TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA EMC TBA VNX TBA replication TBA DataCore TBA SAN TBA SANsymphony TBA convergence TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Server Virtualization TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Networking TBA Compute TBA Data Deduplication TBA flexibility
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Dell XC Web-Scale Hyperconverged Series: A Solution for your Most Dynamic Virtualized Environments

Over the past few years, to reduce cost and to improve time-to-value, converged infrastructure systems – the integration of compute, networking and storage - have been readily adopted by large enterprise users. The success of these systems results from the deployment of purpose built integrated converged infrastructure optimized for the most common IT workloads like Private Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database and Desktop Virtualization (VDI). Traditionally these converged infrastructure systems have been built using a three-tier architecture; where compute, networking and storage, while integrated together in same rack, still consisted of best-in-breed standalone devices. These systems work well in stable, predictable environments, however, many virtualized environments are now dynamic with unpredictable growth, traditional three-tier architectures often times lack the simplicity, scalability and flexibility needed to operate in such environments.

Enter HyperConvergence, where the three-tier architecture has been collapsed into a single system that is purpose-built for virtualization from the ground up with virtualization, compute and storage, along with advanced features such as deduplication, compression and data protection, are all integrated into an x86 industry-standard building block node. These devices are built upon scale-out architectures with a 100% VM centric management paradigm. The simplicity, scalability and flexibility of this architecture make it a perfect fit for many virtualized environments.

Dell XC Web-scale Converged Appliances powered by Nutanix software are delivered as a series of HyperConverged products that are extremely flexible, scalable and can fit many enterprise workloads. In this solution brief we will examine what constitutes a dynamic virtualized environment and how the Dell XC Web-scale Appliance series fits into such an environment. We can confidently state that by implementing Dell’s XC flexible range of Web-scale appliances, businesses can deploy solutions across a broad spectrum of virtualized workloads where flexibility, scalability and simplicity are critical requirements. Dell is an ideal partner to deliver Nutanix software because of its global reach, streamlined operations and enterprise systems solutions expertise. The company is bringing HyperConverged platforms to the masses and by introducing the second generation of the XC Series appliances enables them to reach an even broader set of customers.

Publish date: 04/30/15
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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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Out on a data storage market limb: Six predictions for 2015

Our crystal ball tells us this will be a year of change for the data storage market.

  • Premiered: 01/05/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Data Storage TBA Storage TBA DAS TBA Big Data TBA data lake TBA hub concept TBA enterprise data TBA BlueData TBA hybrid storage TBA AFA TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA Data protection TBA cloud tiering TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VVOL TBA VMWare TBA EMC TBA NetApp TBA Avalanche Technology TBA HDS TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA IBM TBA EVO:RAIL TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA hyperconverged
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EMC Enters The HyperConverged Solutions Market With VSPEX BLUE

With its VSPEX BLUE announcement this week at VMware PEX, EMC enters what is becoming a crowded market of HyperConverged products.

  • Premiered: 02/06/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
Topic(s): EMC hyperconverged hyperconvergence VMware PEX VMWare EVO:RAIL
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The hyper-converged infrastructure bandwagon picks up speed

Hyper-converged systems are quickly gaining attention -- and sales -- because they offer many advantages over traditional storage products.

  • Premiered: 02/12/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Jeff Kato TBA TechTarget TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-convergence TBA Data Center TBA Compute TBA Networking TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA Deduplication TBA WAN Optimization TBA WANO TBA Compression TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Data protection TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA VMWare TBA EVO:RAIL TBA Dell TBA HP TBA DataCore TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA Gridstore TBA Maxta