Hyper-converged Infrastructure and Web-Scale IT

Compute, Storage, Networking and Virtualization

Hyper-converged infrastructure integrates processing, storage, and networking capabilities along with software-defined architecture into a single x86-based server deployed in scale-out clusters. It reduces power consumption, space, and eliminates storage complexities as storage controller is used as a service and integrates with hypervisor to provide storage capabilities to a VM in a cluster.

Enterprise datacenter has become incredibly complex. Traditional architectures have made every aspect of the infrastructure life cycle a challenge from buying, deploying, managing and scaling. Costs are sky rocketing and we have little time to innovate and drive business growth. Internet companies like Facebook and Google adopt a better approach to designing, building and managing datacenters.

WEB-SCALE IT

Web-Scale IT has allowed companies to achieve unprecedented business agility, predictive scale and low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Their infrastructure scales predictably to thousands of servers and huge data running continuously without disruption. They bring new products and services to market rapidly and support the fast pace of product development and releases. Web-Scale IT is having for reaching impact on every aspect of datacenter technology from infrastructure and application design to IT organization and processes.

Turn-key enterprise IT solutions are now incorporating core web-scale principles and technology. Web-scale converged infrastructure solutions make web-scale accessible to all enterprises regardless of size. They run standard enterprise applications such as Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Splunk, Oracle, SAP etc. without requiring an overall the IT organizations and architecture.

Web-Scale converged infrastructure differs from traditional IT infrastructure in several ways…

Standard x86 based servers deliver compute and storage resources eliminating the need for separate storage like a SAN. Hyper-convergence lowers the space and power requirements and simplifying infrastructure buying. With intelligent software, IT environments can be scaled out predictably in small increments as needed. Web-scale systems are 100% software defined with 8X faster than the hardware based infrastructures. No reliance on hardware for resilience, performance acceleration or any core functions.

New capabilities can be quickly added without hardware upgrades. Infrastructure (Microsoft, vmware, citrix etc.) can be configured on the fly to support different application needs. Software distributes data, metadata and operations across the entire cluster with no bottle-necks and chokes and control pass the environment can grow without limits.

Web-Scale systems are built from the ground up resilience and always on operation. They recover quickly from individual component failure without degrading application or data availability. Distributed software isolates faults with self-healing system and restores health up to 99.999% using all resources. Extensive automation and comprehensive rest API reduces operational expenses from 40 – 60% while rich analytic delivers actionable insight and data driven efficiency. Companies can do more at a lower operation cost.

Web-Scale converged infrastructure brings radical simplicity to the datacenter. It delivers web-scale infrastructure for the enterprise and uses web-scale architectures and technologies including map reduce, no SQL databases and zookeeper to deliver rich enterprise capabilities such as deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, snapshots, clones, and advanced data protections and the granularity of a single VM.

With hyper-converged infrastructure, I can get web-scale benefits without hand-crafting my IT environment or learning new skills. Hyper-converged solutions such as Nutanix NX-3000 Series and vmware’s EVO-RAIL, and EVO-RACK appliances deliver the ultimate datacenter simplicity. It’s easy to deploy and manage. I’ve the flexibility to start small and scale incrementally on-demand.  A single hyper-converged cluster can support a wide range of enterprise applications to work on running vmware VSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and KVM and, we manage using a simple console graded management interface.

The enterprise datacenter is ready for a powerful transformation. Web-Scale converged infrastructure is the Future

 

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