A lot of on-site storage originated in the datacenter, and has been designed as such. As we are experiencing the rise of IoT and the move to processing data at the edge, these large datacenter technologies are attempting to scale their technology down, in order to compete within this space.

It’s a bit like being given a really nice pair of shoes that are about two sizes too big. They might be amazing quality and ultimately fulfill the role that they were intended for. But you’d probably be better off with something that was tailored to you.

This is why edge sites can benefit from ultra lightweight, two-node solutions like StorMagic SvSAN. It’s designed to make edge sites as easy as possible to manage, and enable high availability, without adding the complexity that you get from datacenter-class solutions.

“Any large enterprises with remote offices, small data centers or SMBs looking for a cost-effective, sustainable edge computing solution will find that StorMagic SvSAN fits the bill.” – DCIG

Datacenter-class solutions are designed for the sort of large, intensive workloads that are rarely seen at edge locations. Consequently the software has higher system requirements, which will involve more complex, and more expensive hardware. Edge sites often don’t need the features and benefits provided by datacenter solutions, nor the additional hardware necessary to run them. Leveraging such a solution at the edge is just a costly exercise in over-provisioning. It is better to consider solutions that have been designed for the edge, and are able to meet the needs of the edge, such as hyperconverged infrastructure, with easy management, and high availability, all on the leanest possible IT.

“The VMware Validated Design for Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) stipulates higher, minimum hardware specifications than the StorMagic SvSAN.” – DCIG

VMware vSAN is a great product, and is a great addition to the datacenter. But SvSAN is the perfect solution for enabling hyperconverged infrastructure in edge sites, as well as remote and branch offices. SvSAN runs on vSphere and can be managed directly from vCenter, meaning that you can integrate both solutions by running vSAN in your datacenter, SvSAN in your edge sites, and then managing it all from a centralized location. 

Independent analysts DCIG have released their latest competitive report comparing vSAN and SvSAN. Whether you’re an existing vSAN user, or are considering it for your edge locations, see how the two solutions compare in the report. Furthermore, see how other organizations have cut costs and complexity by adopting SvSAN in our list of case studies.

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