SimpliVity has rolled out some great new features that hyperconverged infrastructure and virtualization administrators are sure to appreciate. Here’s a rundown of what’s new with links to some additional material if you’d like to dive in and learn more.
Expanded validation for SimpliVity deployments
Data center infrastructure is one of the biggest and most important investments an IT organization will make. So when it comes to deploying new systems, time to value is critical.
SimpliVity already streamlines deployment by offering the industry’s most complete hyperconverged platform, converging all IT infrastructure and advanced data services for virtualized workloads into a single x86 building block. And as this ESG Lab Report shows, an 8-node SimpliVity cluster can be fully deployed in less than an hour.
Of course, there are still certain dependencies that exist outside of the SimpliVity infrastructure – network settings being one example. New deployment validation features help to address this dependency by evaluating customers’ networks prior to deployment, providing actionable messages related to network configuration issues (including network gateway, vCenter connectivity, vCenter ports, MTU size, and more) so that users can easily identify and resolve issues. Cautions inform users of non-optimal network configurations, while certain alerts will actually block the deployment until the issues addressed.
These important updates help to detect network issues early and streamline the deployment process. It all adds up to making life easier for administrators who are expanding their SimpliVity federation, and accelerating time to value on new SimpliVity investments.
With these new updates, SimpliVity is also announcing a new easy, self-service upgrade process. The latest version of Upgrade Manager can be downloaded via the Online Support Center, with documentation available to guide users through the process. Administrators can use the Upgrade Manager to upgrade their entire SimpliVity federation to the latest version of OmniStack.
The new upgrade flow is very intuitive and follows a straightforward, click-driven workflow. In fact, we recently heard from a customer, Michael Cushman, Senior Network Engineer in the Support Center at Aaron’s, Inc., who used the new Upgrade Manager just after it was released. Here’s what Michael had to say about the upgrade process:
“We are in the fast-paced retail industry. Our IT department and our end-users don’t have time to wait around for a dedicated team to come along and upgrade our systems. With SimpliVity’s new Upgrade Manager, we no longer have to. The feature solves one of the biggest operational pain points we’ve had with managing IT for a long time, and we are now able to upgrade and adjust in a matter of minutes. SimpliVity’s Upgrade Manager allows a single user from a single console to upgrade our data centers with ZERO downtime for all virtual machines and applications. It’s literally just a few clicks and is very intuitive. I figured it out in no time at all. Nothing could be simpler.”
We’re thrilled that you liked it, Michael, and we look forward to hearing feedback from the rest of our customers as they begin using this new functionality!
Converting existing deployments to stretched clusters
Stretched clusters, also referred to as metro-area clusters, are a great way to minimize the risk of downtime or disruption. In this type of deployment, SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure nodes are split evenly between data centers and “stretched” across the network. Data is continuously replicated as it is written, to ensure that no data is lost if one site goes down or loses power. If that happens, then the other side picks up the workload with very minimal, if any, downtime.
With the latest version of OmniStack, customers now have the ability to convert existing SimpliVity deployments to stretched clusters. Administrators can configure availability zones within the SimpliVity environment, and then the SimpliVity systems will automatically distribute workloads between nodes, with self-healing features to copy and/or redistribute workloads if a node is lost between availability zones.
Support for Long-Distance vMotion
Lastly, we also added support for long-distance vMotion, a popular VMware feature that enables VM migrations between hosts and sites that are separated by high network round-trip latency times of up to 150ms, with no downtime as the VM is moved. Long-distance vMotion provides an alternative to the SimpliVity Move function, which can be helpful when keeping the VM running at all times is a requirement.
Check out the SimpliVity Online Support Center for more details on the latest release. And be sure to subscribe to the SimpliVity blog to learn about new features as they’re announced. SimpliVity is constantly evolving its platform, and we’re always working on ways to further simplify the lives of our users.