What’s All The Fuss About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?

Post by Anita Kibunguchy (thank you)

Technology has made it so easy that customers looking to purchase a product or service need to simply look online for reviews. Did you know that 80% of people try new things because of recommendations from friends? It’s the reason why e-commerce companies like Amazon have thrived! Customers want to hear what other customers have to say about: The product, their experience with the brand, durability, support, purchase decisions, recommendations … the list goes on. This is no different in the B2B space. That is why IT Central Station is such an invaluable resource for customers looking to adopt new technologies like hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with VMware Virtual SAN. Customers get a chance to read unbiased product reviews from the tech community which makes them smart and much more informed buyers.

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Next-generation storage for the software-defined datacenter

Post by Siddhartha Roy and Paul Luber (thank you)

Storage is a foundational component of the datacenter fabric and is an intrinsic part of Microsoft’s software-defined datacenter solution.  Our storage investments are centered on bringing value to customers in terms of increasing cloud scale, availability, performance, and reliability, while lowering acquisition and operational costs – with Windows Server, and now also with Microsoft Azure Stack.

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Does it matter how we define ‘hyperconverged’?

Post by Edward Grigson (thank you)

A recent Twitter conversation made it clear there’s no common definition of ‘hyperconverged infrastructure’ which leads to confusion for customers. Technical marketing and analysts can assist but understanding requirements, risk and costs yourself is always essential.

Hyperconverged infrastructure has been around for a few years (I first came across it at Gestalt IT’s SFD#2 with Nutanix back in 2012) and long enough for Gartner (here) and IDC (here) to create ‘magic quadrants’.

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With Hyper Converged: Don’t Believe the Hype???

Good post by Gabriel Chapman (thank you)

It’s about time for a contrarian viewpoint around Hyper Convergence, and what better place to put it forth than from one of its prime cheerleaders (me). With EMC entering the Hyper Converged marketplace with VSPEX:Blue, and the impending releases of the major VMware OEM partners and their EVO:Rail solutions, I thought I would take a hard look at the state of the Hyper Converged market 5 years on and try to give a fair analysis of the market in terms of where it’s being successful and where it’s not.

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Data Efficiency: Compression

Good post by Jesse St.Laurent (thank you)

In a previous post, we referenced the importance of delivering data efficiency as a core part of the solution and not as a bolt on. The first data efficiency technology we will review is compression. There are two types of compression: inline and post-processing. This post will review both types. I have attempted to create formulas to help clarify the differences and make it simpler to compare compression options, as well as other data efficiency technologies. Let’s set the formulas aside for a moment and come back to them later with a discussion about how they impact hyperconverged infrastructure.

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Facebook on disaggregation vs. hyperconvergence

Interesting post by Robin Harris (thank you)

Just when everyone agreed that scale-out infrastructure with commodity nodes of tightly-coupled CPU, memory and storage is the way to go, Facebook’s Jeff Qin, a capacity management engineer – in a talk at Storage Visions 2015 – offers an opposing vision: disaggregated racks. One rack for computes, another for memory and a third – and fourth – for storage.

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2014: Validation of Hyper Convergence – 2015 Hyper Converged Goes Mainstream

Good post by Gabriel Chapman (thank you)

Looking back on 2014 I saw it as  the year that Hyper Convergence  has come into its own as a legitimate data center technology. It’s rare that I don’t run into a customer in my day to day discussions that is not evaluating one of the current Hyper Converged vendors, or looking to adopt or develop a strategy for how Hyper Converged can become part of their IT infrastructure to some extent.

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Hyper-Convergence And All Flash On The Way

Post by Howard Marks (thank you)

Will a combination of the two shiniest technologies in the storage business make a match like champagne and caviar, or will it create a system looking more like a chocolate-covered pickle?

A few of my fellow storage pundits have lately taken to predicting the arrival of the all-flash hyper-converged system.

At VMworld this year, Micron was demonstrating an all-flash VSAN cluster. The company crammed a pair of Dell R610 servers with 12 core processors, 768 GB of RAM and two tiers of SSDs, a pair of 1.4 TB P420 PCIe cards to hold VSAN’s read and write caches, and 10 960 GB M500s as the “bulk storage” tier. And while some technologies —  like flash and data deduplication — go together like champagne and caviar, an all-flash hyper-converged system looks more like a chocolate-covered pickle to me.

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Storage: Reaching Out by Dumbing It Down

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Post by Jon Toigo (thank you)

Reading storage-related articles in current tech magazines and e-zines is a lot like reading Seventeen Magazine’s College Preview edition. I happened to peruse the latter while waiting in a doctor’s office recently. Instead of offering the articles one would expect from a college preview — you know, articles covering important issues like which majors are more likely to enable one’s little snowflakes to support themselves after graduation with an above-poverty-level-wage-despite-oppressive-college-loan-debt — the magazine instead provided the latest advice for developing an insta-hottie look in all of my selfies that will have others Instagram-stalking me for style guidance.

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