Why are organizations choosing hyperconverged infrastructure?
For SMEs and distributed enterprises, a hyperconverged infrastructure is an attractive proposition in combining compute, storage, networking and virtualization into something that can be scaled out easily and meet the demands of applications across a variety of sectors. A key component within any appropriate hyper-converged proposition is ‘virtualization’, removing the need to buy physical SANs and reducing the requirement for physical servers, which make scaling costly. Virtual SAN solutions, like StorMagic SvSAN, virtualize the storage side of this equation realizing application high availability and shared storage through a minimum 2 server configuration.
Software-defined approach to hyperconverged infrastructure
In the definition that we subscribe to, a software-defined approach to storage is where infrastructure is managed and automated by software that exists independent of hardware. This allows more flexible and simplified management of data storage that could be overseen from a single central location and through a single interface. Centralized management sits well with the need to add new sites to the remote site infrastructure, reducing dependence on remote IT.
By creating hyperconverged infrastructure using this approach, converging your compute, storage, networking and virtualization components at a software-level, you can easily scale the solution to multiple remote sites.
Choosing the best approach to achieve hyperconvergence
Stefan Bernbo extensively covers the SDS approach to hyperconverged infrastructure, and in differentiating between the solutions available says that it comes down to the bottom line:
“It becomes a question of how many servers are necessary.”
With that in mind, SvSAN requires a minimum of just two servers onsite to deliver robust high availabilty and is specifically designed for the SME data center and distributed enterprise. If you have existing servers in your data center, these can also be repurposed to remote sites (“brownfield” locations) where SvSAN does not require the latest technology or most powerful servers.
In short, you can realize the benefits of virtualization technology at a more cost-effective price point, while maintaining maximum uptime for critical applications running at remote sites:
- TCO savings of up to 40% – using a minimum of just two x86 commodity servers with no need for physical SANs. SvSAN leverages internal storage which creates both CapEx and OpEx savings compared to traditional SAN storage models.
- High availability – SvSAN enables highly available shared storage across your hyperconverged infrastructure, giving you maximum uptime for critical applications at your sites.
- No vendor lock in – some hyper-converged solutions require specific hardware requirements such as SSDs or use dedicated PCIe cards to perform specific tasks such as compression and deduplication. StorMagic SvSAN has minimal system requirements with no dependencies on specific hardware components. StorMagic partners with a variety of hardware vendors and hypervisors to deliver hyperconverged infrastructure powered by SvSAN.
If you’d like to learn more about ‘build your own’ HCI solutions, check out our recent blog post.
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