Hyper Converged infrastructure simplifies virtual environments

Hyper Converged infrastructure adoption is increasing in enterprise data center environments these days and that’s due to the fact that it helps to simplify the architecture of virtual environments at a low cost.

Now, for those, who are not familiar with what Hyper-Convergence means, here’s an explanation.

Hyper-Convergence came out of concept of converged infrastructure. It is an infrastructure based on a software centric architecture that tightly integrates computing, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other advanced storage techniques such as deduplication, compression, auto-tiering and snapshot and backup.

Literally, it is a software defined storage along with software defined networking, computing and virtualization. That means, the whole storage architecture is managed and driven as a single intelligent tool set by the intelligence of software.

Hyper-Convergence systems can be expanded through the addition of nodes to the base unit.

The big difference between a converged infrastructure and a hyper-converged infrastructure is that the latter offers the flexibility of tighter integration of the software components, which may go beyond compute, storage, networking and virtualization, in order to include further technologies such as WAN Optimization, data deduplication and compression.

In recent times, some analysts started arguing that hyper-convergence is a product of converged architectures. They say that the only functionality which differ the two technologies from each other is the word “Hyper”, where vendors started to design the product with virtualization in mind, adding management layers and storage features.

The foremost reason, why a hyper-convergence storage infrastructure appeals to storage professionals is the convenience of using the storage box. It allows very little configuration that needs to be completed, and commodity hardware often puts it at a lower price point. But different products support different hypervisors and so feature sets may vary.

Now, coming to the point, why one should go for a hyper-converged infrastructure to support and host their cloud data centers, here’s an apt explanation-

“Infrastructure-in-a-box” concept of hyper convergence makes it particularly attractive to small and medium sized businesses. In general, smaller enterprises with stiff IT budgets need a small infrastructure which can be scaled up or out for their hosting requirements. They need a product which is ready to size, is not too big, does not consume more space, power and cooling and is simple to use.

That’s where a hyper-converged infrastructure can really shine:

  • It helps in growing or shrinking the infrastructure incrementally and on-demand basis, without offering downtime to existing infrastructure.
  • Simplifies pricing and licensing structure which could help to move away from concept of IT silos.
  • The whole intelligence lies in the software and gives room for new capabilities without hardware upgrades.
  • Lowers CAPEX and OPEX costs while reducing total cost of ownership.
  • Interoperability of hardware and software is OEMs responsibility and so it reduces the complexity of following the interoperability matrix.
  • Hyper-convergence uses local disks with both flash and HDD drives for hot and cold data respectively. Thus, an improved IO can be observed.

StoneFly, Inc., a leading supplier of integrated IP Storage Area Network systems and a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory has recently unveiled an enterprise class flash based version of its USS Hyper Converged Appliance.

Like said in one of the earlier paragraphs, StoneFly USS Hyper-Converged appliance can take a different and much simple approach to converged architecture by incorporating local direct-attached storage for faster performance and greater flexibility. Each node in a new StoneFly Cluster includes flash based storage to deliver massive IOPS for high performance as well as enterprise hard disk drives for low-cost high-capacity storage adhering to the principles of software defined storage.

This appliance is run with a control logic as a software defined service running on enterprise-class solid state storage. Virtual Storage controllers run on each cluster node improving scalability and resilience, while preventing performance bottlenecks, since, the storage and control logic is now local to the guest VMs.

StoneFly’s intuitive StoneFusion 8.0 advanced software allows users to create a single storage pool that can be partitioned into one gigantic NAS volume or several smaller volumes and these data storages are then presented to the hypervisor. These volumes are fully POSIX complaint for seamless integration with any applications requiring this capability.

StoneFly USS Hyper-Converged Appliances can begin with a single node configuration and then nodes can be added in increments as small as 2U-12 drive bays to 4U-24 drive bays. Additionally, each appliance can be scaled-up to support a total of 256 drives per node. Cluster nodes and their expansion nodes can be seamlessly added one at a time with zero downtime. This scaling flexibility is available under 30 minutes and with no disruption to ongoing operations.

Hyper-Convergence is key to simplify virtualized infrastructure and so StoneFly SCVM 8.0 iSCSI Virtual Storage Appliance helps in creating logical volumes and is patented with advanced storage virtualization services.

To know more details call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly USS Unified Storage and Server Hyper Converged appliance.

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