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A Different Approach to Provisioning for Today's Data Centers -  A Converged Infrastructure

Convergence eliminates silos of people, process and technology. Converged infrastructure allows you to design, build, and maintain segments of the virtualization stack, while supporting an on-demand growth model.

Partial Converged Infrastructure

Early entrants in the converged infrastructure market are vendors with independent legacy server, storage and networking components. They deliver converged infrastructure consisting of pre-racked and cabled solutions based on a reference architecture. While the design and integration of stack components are simplified, this approach falls short from a management and scale standpoint. They are still separate products—sometimes from separate vendors—to manage and support. Policies are set independently at the hardware level and components scale independently. These converged infrastructure systems have better integration from an interoperability and management standpoint, but the configuration is still rigid with respect to scale, and service and support, which results in higher costs. It's partially converged infrastructure.

Converged Infrastructure Systems

The next wave of converged infrastructure aggregates compute, storage and SAN functionality into modular appliances based on commodity x86 hardware that scales out by adding appliance "nodes." Centralized management and policy configuration at the virtual machine level contribute to lower operational costs. This single-vendor converged infrastructure solution also streamlines deployment, and lowers acquisition costs – this system, however, doesn't fully address the performance and capacity issues. It still uses inefficient methods of writing and reading data to and from storage. Nor does it consider the challenges of capturing, storing, transferring and recovering data copies for backup and disaster recovery.

The Next Generation of Converged Infrastructure: Hyperconvergence

The "third wave" of converged infrastructure delivers the most value. Hyperconvergence is characterized by:

  • A software-centric design;
  • Commodity x86 hardware components that combine compute, storage, and network switching functionality in a single shared resource pool with hypervisor technology;
  • A single consumable IT system;
  • A scalable "building block" approach that expands by adding additional units;
  • A high degree of automation;
  • The ability to manage aggregated resources across nodes as a single federated system;
  • Integrated data protection with policies and control at the virtual machine level;
  • A single vendor design, delivery and support.

Hyperconverged infrastructure addresses the performance, capacity, mobility, and management issues prevalent in previous waves of converged infrastructure. It achieves VM-centricity by tracking what data belongs to which virtual machine, enabling VM-mobility. By eliminating redundant read and write operations, hyperconverged infrastructure achieves performance efficiency. It achieves capacity efficiency by reducing the "footprint" of data on production and backup storage via deduplication, compression and optimization of data at inception. Hyperconverged infrastructure dramatically reduces total cost of ownership. It eliminates siloed technology, enables rapid application deployment, reduces labor-intensive activities, prevents over-purchasing and over-provisioning, and maximizes the infrastructure investment. The data efficiency introduced with deduplication, compression and optimization also improves performance.

Converged Infrastructure in Your Environment

Where can your organization benefit from converged infrastructure? It's an ideal platform for:

SimpliVity Converged Infrastructure

SimpliVity is a leader in converged infrastructure for the software-defined data center. Its unique data architecture contributes to a 300% reduction in total cost of ownership. SimpliVity's Data Virtualization Platform introduces performance and capacity efficiency by eliminating unnecessary IO and redundancy. It deduplicates, compresses and optimizes data at inception, and keeps it in that state for its lifecycle. Integrated data protection eliminates the need for complex and costly add-on backup software and hardware. You can back up locally or store backups at a remote site. SimpliVity offers unified global management across multi-node and multi-site converged infrastructure federations, via a vCenter interface. SimpliVity takes a VM-centric point of view and tracks what data belongs to which virtual machine. This enables greater virtual machine mobility.

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