The abstraction layer between virtual and physical structures – decouples software and the operating system from hardware
Virtualization creates an abstraction layer between virtual and physical structures. It decouples software and the operating system from hardware. This allows virtual computing infrastructures to aggregate server compute, storage, and network components into pools of homogenous resources. It enables dynamic scale, simplified management and automation.
Virtualization Infrastructure Challenges
When virtualization arrived on the scene, you probably deployed it on your existing computing infrastructure – that is, until you realized that this requires tight stack integration to take advantage of its automation and management capabilities. Now that you’ve deployed tier-1 applications, your virtualization initiatives stalled due to the mobility, performance, scale and management challenges of traditional IT stacks. Achieving higher consolidation ratios, and lowering total cost of ownership requires a new approach.
Virtualization on Converged Infrastructure
Converged infrastructure is an alternative to traditional siloed infrastructure deployments. Converged infrastructure integrated servers, storage, networking, and hypervisor technology into a single shared resource pool. It assimilates components rather than creating production silos, enabling a scalable building block approach.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Overcomes Virtualization Issues
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.