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 reason why.
Maxta’s software approach to hyperconvergence makes us far more flexible and nimble in our ability to immediately support new server and storage hardware like the new ®Xeon Scalable Processors from Intel®. On the same day Intel announced its breakthrough, we announced support for any servers built with these new processors. This means users of our MxSP® software can immediately benefit from the workload-optimized performance of Xeon Scalable Processors, instead of waiting months for their hardware vendor to catch up. MxSP software was designed to permit choice of any brand of x86 server, whether it today’s or tomorrow’s.
A software approach not only benefits organizations purchasing servers with the new Intel processors, but also companies that want to increase their storage capacity or even memory capacity without having to purchase another appliance from a hardware-based hyperconvergence vendor to get additional capacity or pay exorbitant prices to that vendor for commodity memory.
However, we know that some organizations prefer purchasing a turnkey appliance as opposed to purchasing software and hardware separately. Our MaxDeploy reference architecture program enables customers to order turnkey (pre-configured or custom-configured) hyperconverged solutions with Maxta MxSP installed on servers from Lenovo, Dell, HP, Cisco, Super Micro, or Quanta.
So while we have heard lots of chatter over the years about software vs hardware approaches to hyperconvergence, it’s really no contest. For flexibility, compatibility, freedom of choice, cost, and more, we remain committed to offering the market’s best hyperconvergence software. And that’s all.