In a recent post, we provided a glimpse into the architecture of SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure and discussed its ability to easily support different hypervisors. This week, SimpliVity announced that, in addition to supporting commercial hypervisors, like VMware vSphere, SimpliVity now supports KVM-based environments using the OpenStack cloud management platform.
KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a free, open source virtualization architecture for Linux distributions. Since it’s embedded in the Linux kernel, it comes standard with Linux, and supports almost any guest OS within Linux. It’s robust and it’s free. Win-win.
KVM is also the default hypervisor for OpenStack open source cloud management software. Since OpenStack is a Linux distribution, and KVM and OpenStack are both open source projects, there’s a development affinity with them.
SimpliVity’s support for KVM and OpenStack is significant for a few reasons:
- KVM/OpenStack provides another option for customers – SimpliVity is now supporting customers who have already chosen an open source hypervisor for their IT infrastructure.
- KVM/OpenStack enables flexibility and customization – It supports both private and public cloud deployments. Leveraging OpenStack enables IT organizations to dynamically move workloads, allowing more choice as to where in their cloud environment they run workloads to achieve cost objectives.
- KVM/OpenStack’s enables massive scalability and simplicity – Private/hybrid clouds that are based on KVM/OpenStack benefit from ease of scale and ease of management—benefits also aligned with hyperconverged infrastructure.
- KVM/OpenStack drives down costs – IT organizations are under pressure to reduce costs. Therefore, open source can be attractive to companies that want to avoid expenses with licenses and proprietary systems. Hyperconverged infrastructure, like SimpliVity’s, drives down CapEx and OpEx.
- OpenStack orchestrates both KVM and VMware workloads – Customers running VMware vSphere and KVM are able to orchestrate their private clouds using OpenStack, simplifying the hybrid cloud management experience.
As more KVM open source-based solutions move into production in the data center, there will be a need for robust and cost-efficient infrastructure to host its workloads. SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure reduces cost and complexity, while delivering the power, performance and resiliency IT organizations require to run their cloud applications.