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HPE SimpliVity Hyperconvergence
HPE SimpliVity OmniCube: The Market’s only Hyperconvergence Platform

“At Taneja Group we call this hyperconvergence and consider it to be distinct from convergence.”

—Arun Taneja, The Taneja Group

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21st Century IT Infrastructure Challenges

A snapshot of today’s IT environment is one of complexity, cost, and inflexibility that inhibit IT staff from effectively supporting the business. Several challenges include:

The Path to Hyperconvergence Begins

The first step on the path to hyperconvergence, beginning in 2009, was the development of Integrated Systems and reference architectures. Consortiums formed around existing legacy technologies, with the goal of pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated solutions combining servers, storage and networking to speed deployment for end users.

The idea was good and it started a market worth greater than $2 billion today and projected to grow at 54.7% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) through 2016.

However, the promise did not necessarily match reality. Purchase order to deployment takes months. It may be that the integration work happens at the customer site, or it may be that it happens in the vendor’s lab, but the integration work must still occur between disparate technologies from different vendors, leaving the customer waiting.

Moreover, this first step towards convergence only included the compute, storage, and networking. It did not address any of the other technologies needed to provide full while minimizing redundancy services while reducing OPEX and CAPEX. Customers still required: replication software, separate disaster recovery appliances, backup software, backup appliances, WAN optimization appliances, cloud gateways, flash caches, and more.

The next step on the path to hyperconvergence was the delivery of “partial convergence.” Vendors entered the market with incremental innovation by creating a shared resource pool of previously disparate compute, network, and storage resources. They effectively created virtual SAN appliances (VSA) and packaged them inside of the server running a hypervisor.

Partial convergence decreases deployment times, but left something out: Partial convergence fails to solve Data Problem. They did not eliminate redundancy of data or the redundancy of IO. They did not provide integrated data protection or a globally federated architecture of VM-centricity and mobility.

Hyperconvergence Defined

According to Taneja Group:

“We believe hyperconvergence occurs when you fundamentally architect a new product with the following requirements:

  1. A genuine integration of compute, networking, storage, server virtualization, primary storage data deduplication, compression, WAN optimization, storage virtualization, and data protection. No need for separate appliances for disk-based data protection, WAN optimization, or backup software. Full pooling and sharing of all resources. A true data center building block. Just stack the blocks and they reform into a larger pool of complete data center infrastructure.
  2. No need for separate acceleration or optimization solutions to be layered on or patched in. Performance (auto-tiering, caching and capacity optimizations is all built in). As such, no need for separate flash arrays or flash caching software.
  3. Scale-out to web scale, locally and globally, with the system presenting one image. Manageable from one or more locations, delivering radical improvement in deployment and management time due to automation.
  4. VM centricity, i.e. full visibility and manageability at VM level. No LUNS or volumes or other low level storage constructs.
  5. Policy-based data protection and resource allocation at a VM level.
  6. Built-in cloud gateway, allowing the cloud to become a genuine, integrated tier for storage or compute, or both.”

HPE SimpliVity’s OmniCube is the market’s only hyperconvergence platform, providing a combination of a single shared resource pool, data virtualization platform and a globally federated architecture.