In April, SimpliVity announced the upcoming availability of OmniStack for Hyper-V based virtual environments. Leveraging Microsoft Windows Server 2016 as a virtualization host, OmniStack for Hyper-V will bring the benefits of SimpliVity’s advanced hyperconvergence to Hyper-V administrators globally, and the virtualized workloads they manage.
OmniStack was designed from its inception to be hypervisor agnostic and work with any industry-standard x86 hardware platform. All data is managed at the VM level. This VM–centric approach abstracts and dramatically simplifies the monitoring and management of virtual applications relative to traditional IT, or even other converged and hyperconverged alternatives.
There are some differences, however, in how OmniStack delivers accelerated data efficiency, global unified management, and built-in data protection for virtual workloads based on Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere. The variations are the natural result of differences in how the virtualization platforms abstract and emulate resources, communicate internally, and orchestrate operations. For example:
- Server Message Block (SMB) support: One principle difference between OmniStack for ESXi and OmniStack for Hyper-V is which underlying network protocol is supported. OmniStack for Hyper-V uses SMB, rather than Network File System (NFS), as the storage provider for VMs.
- System Center integration: OmniStack for Hyper-V uses Microsoft System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager as the primary interface for monitoring and managing Hyper-V VMs within its hyperconverged infrastructure.
Speaking of Microsoft System Center integration, SimpliVity also integrates with other industry standard management tools and frameworks, providing a familiar interface that lowers the learning curve and further reduces the ramp up time for VM admins. What this means is that with SimpliVity, VM admins familiar with VMware vCenter or Microsoft System Center will quickly be able to get up to speed and productively manage their hyperconverged environment, whichever virtualization platform they use.