Hyper-Convergence

Reflecting on Maxta’s 5th VMworld

This year’s VMworld was one for the books – both for Maxta and for me personally. It was Maxta’s fifth year there, and my tenth. I started counting when I stepped off the plane in Vegas realized I’ve attended every VMworld since... Read More »

Hyperconvergence “Your Way” vs. “Their Way”

I’ve never loved pickles – certainly not the soggy, mass-produced ones that come on most sandwiches. I loved McDonald’s nuggets and fries as a kid, but why were they forcing me to buy pickles on my Big Mac? So when I saw... Read More »

7 Reasons to Visit Maxta at VMworld 2017

We’re in the final stretch before VMworld 2017, our 5th year exhibiting at the show. Like everyone else, we’re in the mad dash to the finish line, excited for the conference. Whether you already know Maxta or this is the first time... Read More »

Why Maxta is ‘all in’ on Software

Organizations that have or are moving to hyperconverged infrastructure are well aware that the first question is usually “hardware or software?” We believe the right answer for most is software, and one need look no further than our recent announcement as a... Read More »

What are the main differences between appliance-based and software-only HCI solutions?

In the last couple of years, hyperconvergence has made great inroads into the data center, replacing traditional storage arrays and SANs as well as running mission critical workloads. Today, hyperconverged solutions are predominantly being procured and deployed in two forms: • Hyperconverged... Read More »

Can HCI solutions keep up with new technologies?

In the recent article titled “How HCI vendors threaten innovation opportunities,” TechTarget contributor Alastair Cooke acknowledges the great benefits hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) offers in simplifying data centers, but also identifies the trade-offs users may face by locking into a proprietary HCI appliance... Read More »

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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... Read More »

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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%... Read More »

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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... Read More »

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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,... Read More »

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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... Read More »

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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... Read More »

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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... 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... Read More »

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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... 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... Read More »

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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... Read More »

Software-Defined Storage – The Devil is in the Details

The software-defined storage universe expanded today with the unveiling of VSAN by VMware and all of us at Maxta are excited by the news from our longstanding development partner, VMware. While it might seem a little strange to be excited for the... Read More »

‘Maxtamize’ VM Storage by Thinking Outside the Storage Box

Today we proudly unveiled the Maxta Storage Platform (MxSP), a major revolution in enterprise storage for virtualized environments that significantly simplifies IT and slashes storage costs while still providing all the enterprise-class features and reliability that customers expect from enterprise. Our approach... Read More »

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Storage Vendor Lock-in – Is the End Near?

Since the inception of IT, vendor lock-in has been a major issue for many customers. In the mainframe days, vertical integration was prevalent. Once you chose a vendor for your Information System, you had to buy servers, networking, and storage from the... Read More »

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