Today, SimpliVity announced that it will integrate the OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS Director to automate infrastructure management and orchestrate the provisioning of virtual machines (VMs) with native data protection and mobility across all global sites.
UCS Director is an orchestration and automation solution that abstracts hardware and software into programmable tasks that are tailored to the customer’s specific business needs. Traditional IT infrastructure requires the orchestration of multiple steps, involving eight to 12 different components to accomplish a task on a single application or virtual machine (VM). The workflow and error handling is complex because operations – such as application cloning, backups, and moves – are not VM centric. Even though the UCS Director’s orchestration makes it easier to kick off tasks, the task itself may take hours to complete because of the infrastructure complexity.
In contrast, SimpliVity assimilates all IT below the hypervisor, providing a uniquely efficient, scalable, and high-performance platform for simplified automation and orchestration – a great fit with Cisco UCS Director. As a result, all operations are already VM-centric. SimpliVity’s Data Virtualization Platform solves IO and data mobility challenges by only transferring unique global data in granular 4K-8K blocks, which allows these tasks to be completed in minutes rather than hours. SimpliVity can provide, on average, 40:1 data efficiency while simultaneously increasing application performance.
SimpliVity’s solution with Cisco UCS Director has many use cases, for example:
- Development/Test – In order to accelerate time to market in dev/test environments, continuous integration and delivery is required. The application development and IT teams manage a carefully orchestrated process of creating multiple replicas of their production environment for development, test, and staging and need to do so as quickly and securely as possible. With SimpliVity and UCS Director, customers can automate dev/test workflows with far fewer steps. The copies for development/test are available immediately and result in a significant reduction in capacity utilization because of the data efficiencies provided by SimpliVity’s Data Virtualization Platform.
- Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO) – Managing multiple ROBO sites, can also be easily accomplished with SimpliVity’s solution for UCS Director. Organizations can manage data protection policies for their ROBO sites and automate the movement of VMs between sites as needed, which are critical capabilities when expert staff isn’t available 24×7.
Interested in learning more? Watch our video to find out how SimpliVity’s solution with Cisco UCS Director will solve customer challenges: