The Hardware of Hyper-convergence: What’s really needed for success?

  It’s not a secret: software-defined storage (SDS) platforms are disrupting traditional storage architectures. Companies of all sizes are moving towards the hyper-converged compute/storage architecture favored by large public cloud providers. In such hyper-converged scale out models, the hardware building blocks are rack-mounted, industry-standard servers with internal drive bays that can be populated with direct attached disk drives and SSDs. But will any server with direct attached storage work for your hyper-converged solution?  The answer is paradoxically both yes and … Read More

Disaster Recovery in a Box

Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) planning is a fundamental part of IT deployment and management. Businesses and services must ensure that they can operate even after disasters such as natural calamities, software corruption, crucial server failure, or human error. Failing to plan for disaster recovery could result in data loss, server downtime, financial losses, and regulatory compliance issues for companies. What happens when IT managers are posed the question “Is your Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery plan complete, fully … Read More

Software-defined Data Centers: The future is now

For years, the basic design of data centers has remained in three distinct pillars. Servers have been running applications, storage arrays have been storing and protecting data, and networks have been providing communications both inside and outside the firewall.  However, the vast improvements of both chip speed and multi-core design in the last 10 years have opened the gateway to machine virtualization or software-defined computing—a common practice in almost every data center today.  No longer are applications tied to any … Read More

All the benefits and none of the headaches of acquiring software-centric hyper-converged solutions

During VMworld 2015 Maxta announced an expansion to its MaxDeploy program and today I’m happy to announce the launch of a very cool MaxDeploy™ Web Portal for partners who want to order Maxta software pre-loaded on Dell Servers. We have created the MaxDeploy program that allows us to stay true to our promise of delivering “Software-Centric Hyper-convergence” eliminating the barriers typically associated with purchasing a “Hyper-converged appliance.” We are not in the business of selling flashy bezels. We all know that behind … Read More

Freedom of Choice

The blog from our CEO on “The Dirty Little Secret of Hyper-convergence” discusses choice and flexibility being the main benefits of hyper-convergence. In this blog I would like to elaborate on them. Maxta’s approach of providing “Choice,” leveraging your existing servers is a key component for deploying a hyper-converged solution. With this approach, you will be able continue to use the same management and monitoring tools, dramatically minimizing the learning curve. Additionally, you can utilize the same support model that … Read More

Don’t Fall Into the Vendor Lock-in Trap

It seems Nutanix specializes in all kinds of “lock-in” and we at Maxta think that is just not right for the customer.  When you buy Nutanix, it appears you will need to have a crystal ball to know what your future requirements will be down to the specific increments you will add each time you expand. This is a great system for Nutanix, forcing the customer into buying identical units at every expansion, whether you need that exact capacity or … Read More

Cloud Service Providers: software or appliance-based hyper-convergence?

Cloud service providers face an ongoing race to gain a competitive edge by adopting new technologies and lowering infrastructure and operational costs. Hyper-convergence has introduced innovative ways to manage storage and compute for virtualized environments by eliminating the complexity of the traditional infrastructure.   Hyper-converged products are delivered in two ways: as an appliance from a vendor, or as software-that can be installed and configured on industry-standard servers. Cloud service providers deploying hyper-converged appliances must consider the impact on their … Read More

The Dirty Little Secret of Hyper-convergence

Don’t Fall into the Vendor Lock-In Trap of Hyper-convergence About two years ago, I wrote a Blog (Storage Vendor Lock-in – Is the End Near?) that discusses how two emerging technologies, convergence and VM-aware storage, and more importantly the synergy among them, may provide the relief from vendor lock-in. Two years later, these two technologies have matured quite a bit and the synergy among them, widely referred to as hyper-convergence, is a pretty hot trend in IT. For many customers, flexibility and avoiding vendor … Read More

Taking Hyper-Convergence Mainstream with Metrocluster Support for Continuous Availability Across Data Centers

In a world where everyone tries to spin being first, I wanted to elaborate on innovation that Maxta announced on September 9 2014. In addition to being the first and so far only, hyper-converged solution to run on the newest Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 family, we announced Maxta as the first hyper-convergence vendor to support metrocluster for data availability and continuous availability across metro distances. Hyper-convergence is a new IT paradigm and therefore, initially, customers deployed it in non-mission … Read More

Is Hyper-Convergence Ready for Prime Time?

Today, we are making a very significant announcement regarding enhancements to MxSP, our leading software-defined storage, while at the same time expanding MaxDeploy family of hyper-converged reference architectures. Specifically, we announced the immediate support of MaxDeploy for the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 family, Intel Solid-State Drive Data Center Family for PCIe, and Intel Ethernet Controller XL710 that were all announced today by Intel.  Our ability to announce general availability of MxSP and MaxDeploy for Intel’s newest platform on the same … Read More