It’s software-defined infrastructure, designed around the virtual machine.
Hyperconvergence is more than compute and storage together on one node. It simplifies the data center by collapsing compute, storage and storage networking into a single dynamic tier on standard servers – and integrates compute and storage services for virtual machines (VMs) so new infrastructure can be provisioned on-demand.
STOP MANAGING LUNS OR VOLUMES
Manage VMs, Not Storage
Storage objects that have no relation to VMs don’t belong in your virtualized environment. Storage provisioning, performance, and capacity planning are a constant struggle for IT managers who have virtualized many of their applications but still use traditional storage arrays. Hyperconvergence simplifies storage management by eliminating the need to manually map, provision or manage storage separately. Storage is configured automatically when VMs are created. Resiliency, availability and other data services are managed per VM. This lets administrators focus on managing applications and VMs, not storage.
GOODBYE EXPENSIVE 20TH CENTURY STORAGE
Why Buy Three Pieces of Infrastructure When One Will Do?
Traditional storage is much more expensive to procure and refresh than hyperconverged infrastructure. Buying and maintaining separate storage, servers, and the proprietary networking between them is a strain on any IT budget. Once that storage array hits performance or capacity limitations, you need to buy another array or shelf. Maxta Hyperconvergence Software reduces capital and operating costs by up to 70 percent and frees IT from the refresh and upgrade cycles of traditional storage.
HYPERCONVERGENCE IS MUCH MORE THAN STORAGE
Software-Defined isn’t Hyperconvergence
In a truly hyperconverged architecture, everything is managed at the virtual machine level. There are no LUNs or Volumes to manage separately.
The problem is many so-called hyperconverged solutions really just “software-define” the architecture – they don’t hyperconverge it. Software-defined storage (SDS) abstracts the management of physical storage from the software, typically by creating a shared storage pool using industry-standard servers.
An example of the Maxta interface
The Hardware vs. Software Debate
Appliances Have Hidden Costs
The appliance approach to hyperconvergence makes installation and configuration simple. But that simplicity comes at a cost later. There’s a hidden refresh tax since you have to rebuy software when you refresh nodes, and an upgrade tax since adding capacity means adding an appliance. And you can get locked into the hardware platform, and potentially a hypervisor.
Software gives you choice and flexibility
Software-based hyperconvergence offers freedom of choice over both the hardware and hypervisor, can leverage existing servers and gives IT the flexibility to expand storage either within a server or by adding another server. Since you own the software, so there’s no refresh tax. And of course, you can also purchase the software pre-installed on the widest choice of server platforms making it just as easy to configure as an appliance model.
Maxta Hyperconvergence Software Advantages
Hardware & Virtualization Independent
Use your brand of x86 server with the flexibility to run different hardware and multiple hypervisors on a single platform.
Scale Compute & Storage Separately
Scale up by adding disk, memory, or CPU to existing nodes, or scale out by adding new nodes.
Manage Virtual Machines, Not Storage
Improve infrastructure utilization by 40% and improve performance by 25% with VM-level policies.
No Refresh Tax
Only pay for software once with a perpetual license – not every time you refresh hardware.
No Upgrade Tax
Add capacity to a node, add a node, or add compute only nodes – without appliance vendor markups.
No Vendor Lock-In
Mix and match server hardware, drives, and leading hypervisors within a single deployment, so you’re never locked in.
Eliminate the hidden hyperconvergence refresh and upgrade tax, and avoid hypervisor and hardware lock-in!