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SimpliVity: Transforming the Data Center with Virtualization and Storage Convergence

The data center has fast been transformed by the emergence and mainstream adoption of virtualization over merely the past decade. Virtualization has changed the ability of IT to deploy and manage workloads, and lent tremendous power to the administrator for manipulating those workloads in clever ways. At onset, virtualization first became appealing to most users because it promised to homogenize a rather difficult part of the physical data center through a layer of software abstraction. Such abstraction would make configuration and deployment difficulties associated with physical server hardware and fat operating systems melt away. The rewards from this undertaking were tremendous – untold buckets of operational dollars were saved by avoiding time and effort intensive rack, power, install, and configure cycles that would occur repeatedly to facilitate application development, testing, production deployment, cycle replacements, break/fix, and more. The changes have infused the business with a new ability to leverage IT, and to do so at lower cost and with less risk of disruption.

The transformation is not yet complete, as the full promise of virtualization is inhibited by the underlying physical infrastructure of the data center. Realization of the need to address the infrastructure complexity problem is driving a flurry of innovation in the market. With an eye on what we call hyperconvergence, we’ll briefly survey innovations emerging in response to on-going virtualization challenges, evaluate how these technologies will impact the datacenter over the next few years, and highlight one vendor as an early innovator bringing these changes to the market: SimpliVity. Unlike early players who have converged a few aspects of the IT Infrastructure stack – rudimentary storage and server functionality – SimpliVity has assimilated all the functionality of the IT Infrastructure on to a single platform. Each such unit – OmniCube, as SimpliVity calls it – offers a complete set of data center infrastructure functionality at a fraction of the acquisition and operating costs of separate IT systems. But hyperconvergence will bring about change far bigger than costs, and may well transform how IT is done. Let’s take a look.

Publish date: 08/20/12

HyperConvergence: Next Generation Virtualization

Over the past decade the data center has been transformed by the emergence and mainstream adoption of virtualization. Today, the data center is a far different creature than any architect would have imagined prior to the year 2000.

  • Premiered: 10/18/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor.com
Topic(s): TBA hyperconvergence TBA Virtualization TBA Next Generation TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA convergence

Convergence reaches a new level

Convergence -- the bundling of storage, compute, network and virtualization -- is already evolving with new products that redefine ease of use.

  • Premiered: 10/05/12
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA convergence TBA Virtualization TBA Arun Taneja TBA hyperconvergence
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HP the innovation company has resurfaced, and they have a message for you: hardware still matters.

I recently had the chance at VMware PEX to spend some extended in-depth time with HP in a bootcamp session intended for their field and channel. I've blogged a bit already on a couple of observations stemming from this, but there is at least one other observation to be had.

  • Premiered: 03/01/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Cloud Virtualization HP VMWare convergence hyperconvergence Networking Storage Compute Management

Converged Infrastructure, or 'Where Did All the Silos Go?'

Once upon a time as IT shops grew and matured, infrastructure subgroups would form to focus on complex domain-specific technologies. Servers, storage and networking all required deep subject matter expertise and a single-minded focus to keep up with the varying intricacies of implementation, operations and management.

  • Premiered: 03/20/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA EqualLogic TBA SAN TBA Virtualization TBA hyper-converge TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA hyperconvergence TBA convergence

VM-aware, hyper-converged storage to make room for more hypervisors

So far the "VM" in VM-aware storage stands more for VMware than for virtual machine. Most vendors in this market develop their systems for VMware vSphere, the dominant hypervisor on the market.

  • Premiered: 03/29/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA hypervisors TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA hyperconvergence TBA Tintri TBA SimpliVity TBA Nutanix TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Scale Computing TBA Jeff Byrne

SimpliVity is Named to Red Herring’s Top 100 North America

SimpliVity Corporation, developer of OmniCubeTM, the market’s only globally federated hyperconverged infrastructure system, today announced that it has been selected from thousands of companies as a winner of Red Herring's Top 100 award.

  • Premiered: 06/05/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Reuters
Topic(s): TBA SimpliVity TBA hyperconvergence TBA Deduplication TBA Cloud TBA SSD TBA Data protection TBA Data Center TBA scalability TBA Mobility TBA Software Defined Data Center
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HP Discover - Destinations for Convergence

As an unusual exception to precedent, Taneja Group finds ourselves at HP Discover this year. HP Discover tends to be a more in-depth and longer event than Taneja Group can historically cover, but the HP innovation portfolio continues to revolve around storage to such a degree it can't be missed. With feet on the ground in Las Vegas, what do we think we have to look forward to at Discover 2013?


Nutanix completes phase two of dedupe plan for hyper-converged storage

Nutanix Inc. rolled out version 4.0 of its hyper-converged storage operating system today, adding data deduplication for data on hard disk drives and centralized management of multiple clusters and snapshots.

  • Premiered: 04/15/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Nutanix TBA hyperconvergence TBA Storage TBA converged storage TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Virtualization TBA SimpliVity TBA Maxta TBA Pivot3 TBA Scale Computing TBA VMWare TBA VSAN

What Comes After Converged Infrastructure

Taneja Group calls the evolution "hyperconverged," but most are calling it "infrastructure in a box." Also: Take a converged infrastructure survey and win a GoPro!

  • Premiered: 05/14/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA hyperconvergence TBA Arun Taneja TBA Mike Matchett

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

Hyperconvergence Melds Compute and Storage in a Single Box

The city of Brighton, Colo., aims to take advantage of as many new technologies as possible to better serve its citizens and improve the city’s operations. Doing so comes with a price.

  • Premiered: 07/09/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: State Tech Magazine
Topic(s): TBA hyperconvergence TBA convergence TBA Storage TBA SAN TBA SimpliVity TBA Nimble Storage TBA Nutanix TBA iSCSI TBA Data Center TBA Virtualization TBA SQL TBA Infrastructure

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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From SDS to HyperConvergence: Gridstore Expands Product Line

Gridstore, a vendor known for its software-defined storage (SDS) offering especially designed for the Microsoft Hyper-V environment, today announced that it is extending its storage solution into the HyperConvergence category. The company’s storage offerings don’t disappear by any means and users can still buy just the storage alone but now they can essentially buy the entire IT in a box by opting for the HyperConverged Appliance(s). By doing so they will not need anything else to run the applications. Of course, this has been the entire raison d’être for HyperConvergence from the start and given the market response to the early HyperConverged products (and the fact that Gridstore had the underlying software defined architecture) it is no surprise to see them extend their product line into this blazing hot space.


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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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

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

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

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

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