Converged Infrastructure Comparison

Converged Infrastructure Comparison

Users Cases

These types of storage solutions are well suited for any workload that requires Webscale/rapid Scale-out or horizontal scale, such as ;  BUSINESS CENTRIC, SMB 10-20 VMs. LOB / Business Critical Applications (BCAs), VDI, Test/Dev,  DMZ, Small Projects, Small Sites or Remote Branch Sites..(Application Scale-Out – I would add High performance Applications that require a spot solutions rather than shared infrastructure.)

Its very important to understand that these scale out solutions can’t replace existing SANs providing FC, NFS or CIFS.. example; Nutanix can not provide CIFS. NetApp provides CIFS natively to windows environments for Windows file share.

Benefits include:

  • Improving resiliency / performance
  • Simplifying storage management for
  • Freeing up capacity and reducing the workload on legacy SAN
  • Increasing ease of scalability for critical workloads
  • Use legacy SAN/NAS for high capacity low IOPS workloads which are better suited to centralized storage
  • Separating non complimentary VDI workloads from Server & vBCAs as these workloads do not mix well in centralized storage deployments
  • Reducing the workload on legacy SAN/NAS which will give an effective increase in performance for workloads remaining on the SAN/NAS

These Scale out solutions are perfect for issues with Traditional SANs:

NoSAN: This is a good article describing why traditional SAN solutions are not suitable for Webscale / scale-out requirements – http://www.joshodgers.com/2013/10/24/scaling-problems-with-traditional-shared-storage/

 what,why,who,where, when,   how

CROWED MARKET

  • Software Defined Storage – Datacore- Explain?
  • All Flash Arrays – Purestorage
  • Converged Infrastructure – EMC VSPEC
  • Hyper converged Infrastructure – Nutanix
  • (Gartner for each item)
  • SANs
  • Opportunity – help customers navigate through the weeds

SERVER ARCHITECTURE

Server Architecture

STORAGE ARCHITECTURE

storage_types StorageArchitecture

Jim-Sweeney-presentation

WebScale IT

Nutanix

Nutanix is a very interesting solution as it combines Compute and Storage in to a single platform. They have integration with other hardware vendors. Atm, it is only Dell. I hope they will start to support enterprise hardware vendors like, Lennov, HP and SuperMicro. PS: If you want to buy dell server, go ahead and just buy ASUS Servers.. !!!

Native CIFS is not provided. This is a huge problem for Nutanix and I hope they will resolve this in future features.

Nutanix hardware platforms are very expensive. The advantage is the ability for Rapid Webscale-IT with little engineering costs. Minimising Non-recurring engineering costs.  Nutanix also provide on tested hardware platform.

Not SUITABLE

  • Large Data Sets (Archival)
  • File Only or Object Data
  • Capex sensitive – When budget is available to be send before certain time.
  • High IOPS and transitional or sequential data.

KEY PLAYS

  • VDI with Ex Citrix Sales people
  • Nutanix + Citrix VDI PoC (Ready to Go Citrix (lates version.) PoC ResSoftware, Single Node.)
  • Deployment of OS and Application for increased Services Revenue (Get me in there to identify it for you.)
  • Standalone Apps that require no other contention of separate administration
  • RAPID POC

Simplivity omNIcube

SIMPLIVITY OMNISTACK

DELL XC

EMC VCE VBLOCK

EMC RXRACK

VMWARE EVO:RAIL

EMC VSPEC BLUE

IBM PURESYSTEMS

EMC SCALE IO

HP VSA

NUTANIX

SUPERMICRO + VSAN

Server + Citrix Melio

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