SimpliVity’s product portfolio is based on OmniStack software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure. OmniStack is the core technology and “brain” of SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. OmniStack software runs as a controller on VMware vSphere/ESXi. It abstracts data from its underlying hardware, and shifts the management paradigm from hardware resources to application workloads. OmniStack combines all of the infrastructure and functions below the hypervisor, eliminating the need for about a dozen discrete infrastructure and software products. By doing so, OmniStack dramatically simplifies IT.
OmniStack achieves its performance and capacity efficiency gains through its Data Virtualization Platform. SimpliVity’s Data Virtualization Platform is an architecture that addresses performance, capacity, mobility, manageability and data protection. By abstracting the data from the underlying hardware, virtual machines running on SimpliVity are actually just data “maps” pointing to deduplicated blocks on the storage.
Since the deduplication, compression and optimization processing of incoming data is CPU intensive, SimpliVity employs a special PCIe card to offload processing from x86 processors. The OmniStack Accelerator Card performs the “heavy lifting” processing for inline deduplication, compression and optimization of data, enabling zero performance impact on business applications.
SimpliVity Products: Turnkey Hyperconverged Infrastructure
SimpliVity packages OmniStack and its OmniStack Accelerator Card on an x86 platform—either on 2U servers sold as OmniCube, or on Cisco UCS systems sold as OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS—for a turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure. It provides hypervisor, compute, storage services, and network switching; and data services that eliminate WAN optimization, primary storage deduplication, backup deduplication, caching, cloud gateway, and replication. Deploying two or more systems creates a global federation, creating a massively scalable pool of shared resources and enabling efficient data movement and enterprise-class system availability. A single administrator manages all resources and workloads from a single pane of glass.
SimpliVity Products: OmniCube Hyperconverged Infrastructure
OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure delivers the best of both worlds: cloud economics with performance, protection and enterprise functionality. However, it’s not just a hyperconverged infrastructure platform. OmniCube has a data architecture that uniquely addresses data efficiency and global management requirements required in virtualized and cloud computing environments. OmniCube’s single unified stack runs on hyperconverged x86 building blocks, simplifying IT infrastructure and delivering it at a fraction of cost and with a game-changing reduction in complexity.
SimpliVity Products: OmniStack Hyperconverged Infrastructure
SimpliVity’s OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS assimilates up to a dozen core data center functions on Cisco UCS C240 rack-mount servers, including the hypervisor, compute, storage, network switching, backup, replication, cloud gateway, caching, WAN optimization, real-time deduplication and more. Clustering multiple units forms a shared resource pool and delivers high availability and efficient scaling of performance and capacity. Instances of OmniStack-powered hyperconverged infrastructure within and across data centers form a federation that can be globally managed from a single interface via VMware vCenter.
SimpliVity Products: Key Features
The landscape of converged infrastructure vendors consists of good, better and best. The earliest products to market consist of independent compute, storage and networking products delivered as a pre-racked and pre-cabled system based on a reference architecture.
The next wave of market entrants delivers x86 building block appliances combining compute and storage. This improved deployment, acquisition cost, and ease of scale. What’s missing, however, is the data architecture to address performance and capacity efficiency, mobility, native data protection, and management issues.
That’s where SimpliVity comes in. SimpliVity OmniStack hyperconverged infrastructure delivers the best of both worlds: cloud economics with enterprise performance, protection and other enterprise functionality.
SimpliVity OmniStack stands apart from early stage vendors with several key features:
Product Feature: Data Virtualization Platform
SimpliVity’s Data Virtualization Platform is an abstraction of the data. OmniStack Virtual machines are actually just data maps that point to storage blocks. OmniStack deduplicates, compresses and optimizes segments before data hits disk, and maps the data to the unique deduplicated blocks on physical disk. A dictionary contains thousands of words, but those words can be mapped back to 26 unique letters in the alphabet. Similarly, the Data Virtualization Platform only stores the unique 4K to 8K blocks for virtual machines in a cluster. This makes virtual machines light and portable.
Product Feature: Global Unified Management
All distributed instances of OmniStack within a cluster form a federation—an intelligent network of collaborative systems and a single pool of resources, managing billions of fine-grained data elements. This enables data movement and sharing across the globe. The resources and virtual machines within a global federation are managed from a single interface.
Product Feature: VM-Centricity
OmniStack takes a VM-centric perspective to management. OmniStack removes the layers of complexity between the hypervisor and the underlying infrastructure, which eliminates the complex mapping between workloads, resources and data. OmniStack establishes policies, performs analysis and reporting, and executes actions and management tasks at the virtual machine level—not at the infrastructure component level. This ensures that policies align with workloads and not the underlying infrastructure components, and eliminates component-level expertise and management. It also improves operational efficiency and staff productivity.
Product Feature: Native Data Protection
Since the Data Virtualization Platform maps virtual machine data on the physical storage, OmniStack best understands what data must be protected. OmniStack includes native backup and replication that efficiently captures and transfers virtual machines within and across data centers. OmniStack employs simple rules that defined frequency, retention and destination of backups. VM-centric backup and WAN-efficient replication create tremendous efficiencies versus third-party backup, replication and deduplication software and hardware since data doesn’t have to be rehydrated and re-deduplicated as it moves from its original production storage location to its backup destination within the OmniStack federation. OmniStack’s native data protection also trumps storage-level protection strategies that snapshot and replicate LUNs between storage systems, which inefficiently capture and transfer multiple datastores containing multiple virtual machines.
SimpliVity Products: Benefits
SimpliVity simplifies IT, operations, and data. Its hyperconverged infrastructure accelerates infrastructure deployment, as well as the deployment of virtual machines/workloads—providing faster time to value. When compared with legacy silos in the data center, hyperconverged infrastructure also streamlines management, resolves interoperability issues, and enables automation—improving operational efficiency for data center personnel. Features, such as data virtualization and native data protection eliminate the need for third-party hardware and software, reducing capital and operational expenses, and introducing efficiencies and improvements over traditional approaches.
Benefits from SimpliVity include:
Product Benefit: Operational Efficiency
- Enables IT organizations to have more control of provisioning resources and deploying applications, improving operational efficiency.
- Hyperconvergence simplifies IT, reducing operational overhead required.
- Global Unified Management allows for centralized management of the global resource pool, workloads and policies, increasing operational efficiency.
- Centralized management from the familiar vCenter interface, streamlines operations.
- VM-centricity enables automation and efficient movement of VMs, and contributes to more efficient operations.
Product Benefit: Time To Value
- Accelerates resource and application deployment, improving time to market.
- Establishes highly-scalable test/dev and production environments quickly and easily.
Product Benefit: Performance Improvements
- Inline deduplication, compression, and optimization of data at inception eliminates unnecessary read/write IO, saving IOPS and improving performance.
Product Benefit: Risk Reduction
- Efficiently maintains backup copies for operational and/or disaster recovery.
- Backup in intervals of as little as 10 minutes minimizes data loss and meets stringent RPOs.
- Rapid recovery of VMs lowers recovery time, meeting aggressive RTOs.
- Bandwidth-efficient replication optimizes the transfer of data between primary and disaster recovery site.
- Native, VM-centric data protection lowers deployment costs for disaster recovery site.
Product Benefit: TCO Reduction
- Hyperconvergence eliminates the need to purchase multiple discrete components, contributing to a 3x TCO savings.
- Data virtualization optimizes storage capacity, network bandwidth and IOPS utilization, reducing resource requirements.
- Federated VM-level management streamlines administration and removes the need for component specialists and management at the component level.
- Integration with VMware vCenter minimizes the training required for operational staff.
- Scalability enables on-demand expansion; prevents over-purchasing for performance and capacity.