Considering Hyper-convergence: What features do you need in your solution?

There’s little doubt that people are looking for hyper-converged solutions based on recent market data.  However, what are the key features they are looking for and what benefits do they hope to achieve? Knowing what others are looking for can help guide your own decisions when evaluating any hyper-converged solution. ActualTech Media’s 2015 State of Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market survey of 500 tech professionals specifically asked what people were looking for in a hyper-converged solution.  The results revealed that 3 features/benefits … Read More

Looking Forward: The Hyper-Converged and SDS Future is Bright

Is the current flurry of the software-defined data center (SDDC) just hype?  Or are enterprises and businesses across the globe really adopting this new approach?  No one needs to question the prevalence of software-defined computing—because almost all analysts agree that over 50% of all x86 workloads in data centers are virtualized nowadays. But what about the other technologies needed for the SDDC vision?  How is the adoption of hyper-converged infrastructure and software-defined storage (SDS) going?  If storage, along with networking, … Read More

Putting the Software in Hyper-converged Storage

The software-defined revolution is well underway in every cutting-edge data center today.  However, this migration towards “software-defined” is no longer confined to large, public cloud providers who had really pioneered it.  Today—companies of all sizes are exploring and implementing the software-defined data center. While using virtualization to do software-defined computing is commonplace, the next phase should be implementing hyper-converged storage.  Many companies struggle with this challenge, though, because there’s confusion on what hyper-converged storage is, and how a good solution … Read More

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