SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure is known for its simplicity. It’s rooted in our name, and it’s the biggest driver of the profound operational efficiencies reported by our customers.
To us, simplicity isn’t just about VM-centric management, or the fact that we offer all of the core enterprise data services for virtualized workloads (data efficiency, data protection, and data mobility) in a single 2U building block. It’s also about customer choice.
SimpliVity’s broad lineup of x86 models and vendors, including our Dell-based OmniCube appliances, and integrated solutions with Cisco UCS and Lenovo System x, allows customers to choose the vendor, storage capacity, and performance profile that works for them. And today, with the announcement of new all-flash hyperconverged offerings available on all supported x86 platforms, we’re extending even greater choice to our customers.
Why all-flash and why now?
For most core data center and edge workloads, SimpliVity’s hybrid HDD and SSD solutions deliver the ideal combination of performance and price. In fact, we’ve already shown that SimpliVity can deliver true data center transformation in the enterprise. A Global 50 financial services firm recently chose SimpliVity to replace its entire data center infrastructure, with a projected savings of $100M over five years.
As more and more enterprises look to SimpliVity to enable data center transformation, the new all-flash solution will give SimpliVity an even greater advantage. Adding all-flash to the SimpliVity lineup gives us the additional performance needed to tackle the most demanding enterprise workloads. Real-world testing of the new models demonstrates up to 5X better performance and 50-80% lower latency. This is great news for customers that have already consolidated most of their virtualized workloads onto SimpliVity. Now they can finally address the remaining hold-outs – those big, hairy, data-intensive applications that were previously only fit for legacy all-flash storage arrays, can now be hyperconverged.
As the saying goes, timing is everything. We’ve been watching the price of solid-state drives (SSDs) for a while now. Rather than rush into the market with a high-priced offering that was little more than shelf-ware, we wanted to make sure the price-performance ratio made sense for our customers. We wanted a solution that met our customer needs at a price they could afford. These new offerings – the OmniCube CN-5400-F and OmniStack Large Enterprise All-Flash solutions for Cisco UCS and Lenovo System X – will do just that.
The benefits of all-flash, even better
While “all-flash” is often thought of as a pure hardware play, it’s worth calling out how our unique data architecture amplifies the benefits of flash storage. SimpliVity’s OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform enhances both the performance and durability of flash storage. Here are some unique aspects of SimpliVity’s approach that boost the value of all-flash:
- The hyperconverged data architecture eliminates network hops – OmniStack’s globally distributed file system and Intelligent Workload Optimizer automatically manage VM and data locality, limiting network traffic. Why is this important? Because in all-flash world, the network can become a bottleneck and will degrade performance with each network hop – negating the benefits of flash storage. SimpliVity’s superior approach takes this concern off the table.
OmniStack supports the concurrent processing of mixed IT workloads – With the OmniStack accelerator card offloading data processing, it enables higher mixed workload density, improving resource utilization at sustained high performance. Plus, SimpliVity’s 40:1 median data efficiency ratio means you can consolidate more VMs on fewer terabytes of SSD storage. In fact, over a third of our customers have achieved efficiency ratios of 100:1 or more.
- SimpliVity’s solution extends life of flash storage – With OmniStack’s inline deduplication and compression, data writes are minimized, prolonging SSD life. While SSDs are known for reliability, the truth is they all have a shelf-life. By minimizing write I/O, you can extend the life of your SSDs and better safeguard your investment.
So, whether you are still evaluating a move to hyperconverged infrastructure or if you’re already deployed and are now looking to consolidate some additional high-performance workloads, the SimpliVity all-flash systems are a great new option. They deliver all the simplicity you would expect from our hyperconverged solution, with the added power and performance of all-flash – amplified by OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform and its unique abilities.
Give us a call or setup a demo to learn more about what SimpliVity can do for your IT organization and your business.