It’s software-defined infrastructure, designed around virtualization and containers.
Hyperconvergence is more than compute and storage together on one node. It simplifies the data center by collapsing compute, storage and storage networking into a single dynamic tier on standard servers – and integrates compute and storage services for virtual machines (VMs) and containers so new infrastructure can be provisioned on-demand.
Stop Managing LUNs or Volumes
Manage VMs and Containers
Storage objects that have no relation to VMs don’t belong in your virtualized environment. Storage provisioning, performance, and capacity planning are a constant struggle for IT managers who have virtualized many of their applications but still use traditional storage arrays. Hyperconvergence simplifies storage management by eliminating the need to manually map, provision or manage storage separately. Storage is configured automatically when VMs are created. Resiliency, availability and other data services are managed per VM. This lets administrators focus on managing applications and VMs, not storage.
Goodbye Expensive 20th Century Storage
Why Buy Three Pieces of Infrastructure When One Will Do?
Driscoll’s Berries reduced IT capital costs by 55% with hyperconvergence compared to traditional storage.
Traditional storage is much more expensive to procure and refresh than hyperconverged infrastructure. Buying and maintaining separate storage, servers, and the proprietary networking between them is a strain on any IT budget. Once that storage array hits performance or capacity limitations, you need to buy another array or shelf. Maxta Hyperconvergence Software reduces capital and operating costs by up to 70 percent and frees IT from the refresh and upgrade cycles of traditional storage.
Hyperconvergence is Much More Than Storage
Software-Defined isn’t Hyperconvergence
In a truly hyperconverged architecture, everything is managed at the virtual machine or container level. There are no LUNs or Volumes to manage separately.
The problem is many so-called hyperconverged solutions really just “software-define” the architecture – they don’t hyperconverge it. Software-defined storage (SDS) abstracts the management of physical storage from the software, typically by creating a shared storage pool using industry-standard servers.
The Appliance vs. Software Debate
It’s more than just infrastructure simplification. More than compute and storage together on one node. Hyperconvergence is designed around the virtual machine.
Appliances Have Hidden Costs
The appliance approach to hyperconvergence makes installation and configuration simple. But that simplicity comes at a cost later. There’s a hidden refresh tax since you have to rebuy software when you refresh nodes, and an upgrade tax since adding capacity means adding an appliance. And you can get locked into the hardware platform, and potentially a hypervisor.
Software Gives You Choice, Flexibility
Software-based hyperconvergence offers freedom of choice over both the hardware and hypervisor, can leverage existing servers and gives IT the flexibility to expand storage either within a server or by adding another server. Since you own the software, so there’s no refresh tax. And of course, you can also purchase the software pre-installed on the widest choice of server platforms making it just as easy to configure as an appliance model.
Deploy Hypervisors and Containers
Architected for the Future
One platform that scales from virtual machines to containers.
Maxta architecture was designed from the beginning to support any abstraction layer. The first and most prominent abstraction layer is a virtual machine. The second emerging abstraction layer is a container. Maxta gives you the flexibility to adapt to changing technology like containers while continuing to derive value from your existing investment in virtual machines. This provides customers with a single hyperconverged platform that supports the abstraction layer best suited for each workload.
“We run a pretty tight ship in our engineering department. I don’t want to have onsite storage engineers at every location. Because Maxta is so maintenance-free, I don’t have to double or triple or quadruple my staff. If you calculate that cost over years and years, I’m saving a ton of money.”
– Larry Chapman, IT Manager at TruSource Labs
Maxta Hyperconvergence Software Advantages
Software Only or Pre-Configured Servers
Use existing servers, buy pre-configured servers, or use a combination of both.
Scale Compute & Storage Separately
Scale up by adding disk, memory, or CPU to existing nodes, or scale out by adding new nodes.
Choose Hypervisors or Containers
Choose Red Hat or VMware Virtualization in Addition to Containers
No Refresh Tax
Only pay for software once with a perpetual license – not every time you refresh hardware.
No Upgrade Tax
Add capacity to a node, add a node, or add compute only nodes – without appliance vendor markups.
No Vendor Lock-In
Mix and match server hardware, drives, and leading hypervisors within a single deployment, so you’re never locked in.