Hyperconvergence Replaces Legacy Servers
How many shifts in computing have you experienced? You may have experienced the centralized mainframe era shift to the distributed client/server computing. Or you may have witnessed the client/server computing shift to Internet computing. Today, the shift to a virtualized data center is on. It’s one characterized by software-centric design and its influencing changes in servers, storage and networking.
Challenges of Siloed Servers
Pre-virtualization, applications were afforded dedicated server compute, storage and network resources. Intended to ensure optimal performance for applications, dedicated resources resulted in inefficiencies:
- Underutilized resources. Application environments designed for peak utilization result in underutilized data center infrastructure for the majority of the time.
- Siloed infrastructure. Functionally organizing IT resources results in operational silos. This approach doesn’t foster the agility needed in the post-virtualization data center.
- Higher costs. The combination of underutilized resources and operational overhead of managing resources and processes in functional silos drives up costs.
Converging Servers with Storage and Networking
Converging infrastructure resources addresses the challenges in the post-virtualization data center. Aggregating servers, storage and networking into homogenous resource pools enables dynamic scaling, and ease of management, and improvements in agility, utilization and cost reduction.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Overcomes Issues with Servers
OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure combines server compute, storage, network switching, and virtualization software in a commodity x86 appliance, providing a highly-scalable data center building block. Deploying multiple OmniCube systems forms a federation. OmniCube provides unified global management—across the global federation—from within vCenter. OmniCube integrates data protection and data efficiency features to converge even more data center functionality.
OmniCube’s Data Virtualization Platform provides unparalleled data efficiency. It deduplicates, compresses, and optimizes data written to production storage—at inception—and maintains it in its optimized state for the life of data. Data efficiency extends not only to capacity, but also to performance. OmniCube reduces IOPS requirements and improves performance by writing and reading less data to and from disk. Data protection is integrated. Backup polices established at the virtual machine level dictate the frequency of virtual machine copies, storage destination (local, remote site, or public cloud), retention time, and preference for application- or crash-consistent copies. This eliminates the need for additional backup software, backup hardware, replication, backup deduplication, and cloud gateway solutions. And, since data remains in a highly-optimized state, backup, recovery and replication of even large data sets occur rapidly and take up minimal storage capacity.