More than ever, data storage is a critical component for companies. But having multiple point solutions as options isn’t helping.
In some cases, the growth of data is making already complicated architectures even more complex. Soaring costs aside, companies are also hard-pressed to find the right talents.
Meanwhile, the storage environment is also changing fast. The rise of data-driven insights is making companies rethink the value of each byte. Companies are also pushing data processing to the edge to accelerate decision making-to-market. Emerging apps like autonomous vehicles and smart grids are pushing the drive for split-second decision response.
As companies become data-centric, so too are cybercriminals. For many, financial gains are no longer the primary motivation. Rather, they are stealing data for ransom or selling credentials in the dark web. Companies need to make data security a core part of their storage infrastructure if they want to stay in business.
The problem is that companies’ internal storage platforms are not homogenous. Often, they reflect the organic path that a company follows. Many hold on to an array of vendor solutions, cobbled together using a hypervisor.
HPE SimpliVity offers a different approach. It is a software-defined storage (SDS) appliance that clusters many infrastructure units to form a shared resource pool. Unlike rival solutions, HPE offers this benefit in a single, integrated and all-flash appliance.
"In the end, it’s back to the foundation. But unlike competitive solutions, we offer a complete solution that includes secure hardware (Silicon Root of Trust) and software, including embedded backup, native disaster recovery, and third-party vendor support. It is also designed for today’s business requirements,” said Angus Chan, Solutions Manager, HyperConverged (HCI), HPE.
Understanding the SimpliVity advantage
The HPE SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure approach toward a single appliance offers many advantages.
First is data efficiency. All data is deduplicated and compressed in real time – at the time the data is created. All HPE SimpliVity products are also aware of compressed and deduplicated data. This is regardless whether the data resides in different systems, data centers or public clouds running HPE SimpliVity's software stack.
For instance, the HPE OmniStack Accelerator card, a PCIe module, processes data at each HPE SimpliVity 380 hyper-converged infrastructure node. It also ensures that real-time deduplication and compression do no impact performance.
HPE SimpliVity inherently supports WAN optimization. It ensures that data moves from one point to another in the most efficient manner. This benefits companies with remote offices or operating in geographies with poor latencies the most.
Data protection is part of the HPE SimpliVity promise. Key features, like adjustable recovery point objectives (RPO) for every virtual machine (VM), enable automated, high-frequency backup and replication of VMs to any HPE SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure node in a federated storage architecture.
Companies can add new storage or system with HPE SimpliVity with ease. It also allows companies to add their current data centers into a global federation.
The HPE SimpliVity system design reflects the needs of today's VM-based environment. All policies, commands, and information are provided on a per-VM basis. It uses cache and tiering to speed up read performance and manage I/O bursts.
Chan also noted that companies could use their existing VMware vCenter to manage all resources, policies, and workloads. It works equally well with non-hyper-converged systems running VMs.
HPE offers a software-optimized version of HPE SimpliVity which benefits companies facing physical space constraints.
HPE SimpliVity caters to the changing role of storage in businesses. Companies are asking their IT teams for infrastructure agility and storage efficiency. Meanwhile, IT departments face resource and budget hurdles.
As a result, companies are turning to converged systems. They hope they can improve resource utilization rates, productivity, and agility within the data center.
The HPE offering, which was the result of an acquisition in early 2017, aligns with these business trends. The HPE-sponsored IDC white paper Datacenters Leverage HPE SimpliVity to Drive Operational Simplicity, Improved Performance, and Other Critical Datacenter Benefits underscored the advantages.
The white paper noted that hyper-converged offerings "like HPE SimpliVity 380 have become the next phase of infrastructure convergence.”
Chan noted that turning storage resources into nodes of SimpliVity servers make storage more manageable. A common set of tools simplifies management further and reduces the learning curve.
According to the IDC white paper, the offering reduces the need to deploy different dedicated appliances and licensed infrastructure within the data center. This increases storage agility.
IDC commented that the market for converged and hyper-converged systems still "remains relatively young." However, scale-out and feature-rich systems like HPE SimpliVity can drive "real benefits within data centers around the world, impacting CapEx and, more importantly, OpEx."