Uncompromising Simplicity, Unrivaled Hyperconvergence
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SimpliVity delivers OmniStack hyperconverged infrastructure. SimpliVity stands apart from alternative offerings by focusing on key innovation that delivers business value.
Key Feature: True Hyperconvergence
SimpliVity is a company founded on the belief that today’s modern data centers need to be greatly simplified. SimpliVity OmniStack enables hyperconverged infrastructure, seamlessly combining all of the functionality “below the hypervisor” in an all-in-one form factor.
True hyperconvergence is IT infrastructure designed, delivered and supported by a single vendor. It has a software-centric design and provides a single pool of shared x86 resources that scales by adding additional building block units. Through a single management interface, you can easily manage aggregate resources and virtual machines within and across data centers. Hyper-efficiency characterizes true hyperconvergence: resources are used without waste and without introducing contention. That means that data management tasks are not duplicated and heavy processing is offloaded from x86 processors so that your applications aren’t compromised. Efficiency extends to the data, with all data being deduplicated, compressed and optimized once—before it’s written to disk—and remaining in that state throughout its lifecycle.
True hyperconvergence simplifies deployment of infrastructure and virtual workloads, and simplifies management when compared with legacy IT stacks.
Today’s data centers contain generations of legacy infrastructure silos that, combined, deliver IT services. Managing legacy siloed infrastructure (storage, compute, networking, hypervisor) across multiple sites, however, challenges IT organizations. The added complexity from day-to-day operations (application performance, data protection and disaster recovery, planning, and data growth) complicates the task. You may be grappling with:
Complexity. Has your data center evolved into silos of functional infrastructure requiring component-level management from multiple interfaces?
Data growth. As data growth explodes, can you continue to operate the same way you always have?
Legacy equipment. Do your legacy systems work optimally with your virtualized environment?
Application performance. Do you have greater demands for throughput performance now that you’ve virtualized business-critical applications?
Time overhead. How much time are you spending on maintenance, upgrades, deployments, provisioning and management tasks instead of building more valuable innovation for your business?
Business continuity risk. Are you challenged to complete backups within your prescribed window? Does your present mode of data protection’s RTOs and RPOs leave you vulnerable?
Global mobility and management of VMs. Are your virtualized applications’ mobility constrained by the physical storage it is associated with? Do you have too many interfaces for managing global resources and workloads?
Staff skills. Do you and your team have the necessary expertise to manage infrastructure silo products separately?
Budget constraints. With the lion’s share of budget devoted to “keeping the lights on,” are you finding it difficult to fund innovation?
Service level agreements. Are you struggling to meet your Service Level Agreements (SLA) to the business?
Efficiency. Are you working most efficiently? Are your systems efficient?
Innovation. Is there a better way?
A snapshot of today’s IT environment reveals complexity, cost, and inflexibility that inhibits IT staff from effectively supporting the business. Deploying legacy products, dealing with many points of management, and trying to manually optimize resources introduces challenges and higher costs. These “islands” become limited in functionality, as well as strand resources, resulting in poor utilization, idle resources, and high labor costs. Further, none of these legacy “solutions” solve your performance, capacity and mobility issues without driving up OPEX or CAPEX.
Key Feature: Data Virtualization Platform
OmniStack’s Data Virtualization Platform abstracts data from the underlying hardware. Virtual machine files map to blocks on storage. When data is written to the environment, the Data Virtualization Platform deduplicates, compresses and optimizes data segments before data hits disk, comparing incoming data against all other unique data in the OmniCube federation. The Data Virtualization Platform maintains a map to the unique deduplicated blocks on physical disk within the global federation. It only stores the unique 4KB to 8KB blocks for virtual machines in a cluster. Virtual machine data remains in this optimized state forever.
There are tremendous benefits from this architecture. OmniStack maintains data in an optimized state across all phases of its lifecycle, including production, backup, and copies replicated within the federation and to the public cloud. Data is maintained in an optimized state across all tiers within a system, including DRAM, flash/SSD, and HDD, as well as all data centers, geographies, and the public cloud.
This data architecture that addresses:
Performance. OmniStack’s Data Virtualization Platform drives efficiency at data’s point of origin, and reduces IOPS requirements across the environment once and forever.
Capacity. OmniStack’s Data Virtualization Platform deduplicates, compresses, and optimizes data at inception in real time to reduce capacity requirements.
Mobility. OmniStack’s Data Virtualization Platform takes a VM-centric perspective, tracking what data belongs to which virtual machine, enabling efficient mobility.
Manageability. OmniStack’s Data Virtualization Platform creates a global pool of local and remote infrastructure resources, enabling management of resources and workloads across the global pool, and greatly reducing complexity and cost.
Data Protection. OmniStack’s Data Virtualization Platform maintains data in its deduplicated and compressed state, which allows for built-in backup to make optimized copies of virtual machines and eliminates the need for traditional backup software and hardware.
Key Feature: Accelerated Data Efficiency
OmniStack’s global federation—all instances of OmniStack hyperconverged infrastructure within and across data centers that are managed from a single interface as one massively-scalable resource pool—provides value in enabling deduplication globally. OmniStack provides global deduplication, compression, and optimization on all IO at ingest across all nodes in a federation. Each instance of OmniStack hyperconverged infrastructure tracks its deduplicated data elements. When a virtual machine is replicated, OmniStack never transfers duplicate data to the destination. If the data segment exists in a virtual machine on the destination OmniStack instance, then redundant data will not be transferred—saving bandwidth and accelerating the transfer.
Key Feature: Hardware Acceleration
The OmniStack Accelerator Card is a purpose-built PCIe card that provides a boost in deduplication processing and makes HDD IOPS more efficient. It introduces significant savings in the amount of data that must be stored and moved, and maximizes the efficiency of virtual machine operations such as clones, backups, migrations, disaster recovery, and archiving to the cloud. It also provides unique processing offload capabilities to ensure primary CPU resources are available to serve business applications.
The card offers specialized processing power (FPGA and lots of SimpliVity’s deduplication, compression and optimization algorithms). In addition, the accelerator card enables very low write latency given the NVRAM module that’s on the card. All data written to OmniStack hyperconverged infrastructure’s datastore first passes through the OmniStack Accelerator Card. Deduplication and compression happens once and data remains in its optimized state across all stages of the data lifecycle. There is no need to “rehydrate” data.
The accelerator card delivers the required processing power, but without high costs. It also leaves the x86 CPUs to run customers’ business applications. Any technology that does this processing on the host system’s x86 CPU is competing with the business applications sharing that resource.
Key Features: Global Unified Management
OmniStack manages multiple instances of OmniStack as a single pool of resources. With Global Unified Management, OmniStack becomes an intelligent network of systems that work together to manage billions of fine-grained data elements, enabling data movement and sharing.
OmniStack streamlines management of the entire global federation through its simple vCenter-enabled interface. Centralized policies and automation capabilities improve operational efficiency and staff productivity.
Key Features: VM-Centricity
OmniStack simplifies management and monitoring of virtual workloads and applications. With its VM-centric perspective, OmniStack removes the layers of complexity between the hypervisor, and the, establishing policies, performing analysis and reporting, and executing actions and management tasks at the virtual machine level. This ensures that policies align with the workloads—and not the underlying infrastructure components. It eliminates complex mapping between workloads, resources and data.
Key Features: Native Data Protection
OmniStack has native data protection that performs VM-level backup and bandwidth-efficient replication to further simplify IT and operations. It includes efficient data transfer across remote data centers and enables powerful protection and recovery methods. Robust data protection policies for virtual machine backups use simple rules that define backup frequency, backup retention and backup destination, including public cloud repositories like Amazon Web Services. Backup and replication policies set at the virtual machine level automate services, eliminating costly manual intervention.
OmniStack creates tremendous efficiencies versus third-party backup, replication and deduplication software and hardware since data doesn’t have to be deduplicated, rehydrated and re-deduplicated as it moves from its original production storage location to its backup destination within the OmniStack federation. Advanced data protection and cloning features leverage OmniStack’s data efficiency and management components, greatly simplifying the complex steps needed to protect and move data.
The data efficiency of OmniStack backups enables rapid VM-centric copies, practically eliminating the need for a backup window. It also means that copies can be made more frequently—in as little as 10-minute increments—to support aggressive recovery point objectives (RPOs). Rapid restore operations enable aggressive recovery time objectives (RTOs). Rapid VM clones dramatically speed up workflows for test and development environments, while rapid moves and migrations enable mobility and agility across data centers.
"The decision to deploy Simplivity came down to the excellent support provided by their partners, Serenity IT and the ability for our school to be able to move into a cost-effective, high performance, hyperconverged solution giving us a much better disaster recovery solution whilst all being managed though the familiar vCenter console."
Rory Chapman, ICT Manager - St. Andrew's Anglican College