The underlying technology within OmniCube is OmniStack™, a collection of over 10 patent-pending innovations, delivering an entirely new means of storing, managing, protecting, mobilizing and sharing data across a global network of systems.
OmniStack consists of the following core elements:
The SimpliVity Data Virtualization Engine (DVE)
At the heart of the OmniStack is a fundamentally new data architecture which powers the functionality of OmniCube—known as the SimpliVity Data Virtualization Engine™, or DVE™. DVE deduplications, compresses and optimizes all data, at inception, at a very fine grained level. Data elements remain in this efficient fine-grained state throughout their lifecycle in the OmniCube Federation-- across nodes, datacenters, geographies and the Public Cloud. When data is created within an OmniCube system, it is optimized to be mobile from the start. Once the data is created in this fine-grained state, all other core functionality of OmniCube is enabled—efficient data mobility within and across data centers, intelligent data movement within the Federation, data sharing for high availability, cache accelerated performance, and Cloud integration. Click here to download the DVE Whitepaper.
To enable realtime deduplication and compression without performance impact, the OmniCube system relies on the OmniCube Accelerator-- a specialized PCIe module that offloads the compute intensive tasks such as compression and deduplication,.
Assimilated Server/Storage/Network Architecture
Physically, an OmniCube system is a 2U industry standard x86 platform that combines server resources (primarily CPU and RAM) with storage media (SSD and HDD) and internal networking to create an assimilated system. SimpliVity's patent-pending OmniCube software, along with the OmniCube Accelerator, infuse this standard hardware with both intelligence and performance to create a high performance, high functionality, VM-optimized 2U building block. The first qualified platform for OmniCube is the SimpliVity CN-3000™. Click here for specifications.
OmniCube Global Federation™
Each OmniCube is designed to be a member of a network of other OmniCube systems, called the OmniCube Global Federation. When two or more OmniCube systems are deployed in a Federation, they create a scalable pool of shared resources that provides the foundation for much of OmniCube's core attributes. The Federation provides for local HA and data protection within the datacenter, remote replication for disaster recovery across datacenters, data movement to and from the Public Cloud, and of course the global management of all virtual machines throughout the Global Federation.
Each OmniCube system includes an instance of OmniCube Software which runs as a virtual machine on the system. Among other innovations, the software delivers a virtual data store for all VMs running in the datacenter. This includes the VMs running directly on an OmniCube system and/or those that are running on traditional servers in the environment. This virtual data store allows VM admins to easily and simply provision, manage, and expand the storage for their VMs, and is therefore a key aspect of OmniCube's simplification of the IT infrastructure.