Tag Archives: Vendors

10 Hyperconvergence Vendors Setting the Pace


As companies look for ways to make their IT infrastructure more agile and efficient, hyperconvergence has become a top consideration. The integrated technology promises faster deployment and simplified management for the cloud era.

An Enterprise Strategy Group survey last year found that 70% of 308 respondents plan to use hyperconverged infrastructure while 15% already use it and 10% are interested in it. IDC reported that hyperconverged sales grew 48.5% year over year in the second quarter of this year, generating $763.4 million in sales. Transparency Market Research estimates the global HCI market to reach $31 billion by 2025, up from $1.5 billion last year.

“It’s moved well beyond the hype phase into the established infrastructure phase,” Christian Perry, research manager covering IT infrastructure at 451 Research, told me in an interview.

With hyperconvergence, organizations can quickly deploy infrastructure to support new workloads, divisions, or projects, he said. “In that sense, it really provides an on-premises cloud-like option.”

Hyperconverged infrastructure leverages software to integrate compute and storage typically in a single appliance on commodity hardware. Fully virtualized, hyperconverged products take a building-block approach and are designed to scale out easily by adding nodes. According to IDC, a key differentiator for hyperconverged systems, compared to other integrated systems, is their scale-out architecture and ability to provide all compute and storage functions through the same x86 server-based resources.

ESG Analyst Dan Conde told me that some newer hyperconverged systems include broader networking features, but that for the most part, the technology’s focus is on storage and “in-the-box” connectivity.

VDI has been a top use case for hyperconverged infrastructure, but Perry said 451 Research is seeing the technology used for a range of use cases, including data protection, and traditional virtualized workloads such as Microsoft applications. Because it’s easy to deploy, the technology is well suited for branch and remote locations, but companies are also running it in the core data centers alongside traditional infrastructure, he said.

Vendor lock-in, high cost, and inflexible scaling (compute and storage capacity must be added at the same rate) are among the drawbacks that some have cited with hyperconvergence platforms. Perry said he hasn’t seen scalability issues among adopters, and that opex costs are much lower than traditional infrastructure. Hyperconverged products also have proven to be highly resilient, he added.

Perry said the first step for organizations evaluating hyperconverged products is to clearly identify their use case, which will narrow their choices. They also should take into account how the product will integrate with the rest of their infrastructure; for example, if it uses a different hypervisor, will the IT team be able to support multiple hypervisors? Companies interested in a product supplied by multiple vendors also need to determine which one will provide support, he said.

The hyperconvergence market has changed quite a bit since its early days when it was dominated by pure-play startups such as Nutanix and SimpliVity. Today, infrastructure vendors such as Cisco and NetApp have moved into the space and SimpliVity is now part of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Nutanix remains a top supplier after going public last year, and some startups remain, but they face stiff competition from the established vendors.

Here’s a look at some of the key players in hyperconvergence today. Please note this list is in alphabetical order and not a ranking.

(Image: kentoh/Shutterstock)



Source link

What Users Say About Top Vendors


The all-flash array has matured to the point where it is now powering much of the growth in the enterprise storage business. Advances in the design, performance and management capabilities of solid state drive (SSDs), coupled with declines in cost, make flash storage viable for many workloads. Enterprise storage is relentlessly demanding, though, so potential buyers need to think critically when they choose an AFA.

According to product reviews by IT Central Station users, the top all-flash array vendors on the market are Hewlett-Packard Enterprise with 3PAR flash storageNetAppTintri, Nimble Storage (now part of HPE), Pure Storage, and IBM.

Based on their experience with AFAs from these vendors, contributors at IT Central Station shared their thoughts, including benefits the products provide and areas where they could improve.

HPE 3PAR

Brent Dunington, systems architect at a university, described his company’s decision-making process for choosing HPE 3PAR flash storage:

“We went through a whole data center refresh cycle and one of the things is that we needed to look at our disk system. Everything was for spinning disks, so we decided to make the leap to an all-SSD data center. We brought in all the competitors, went through an RFP process, and 3PAR came ahead.”

A system administrator at an insurance company shared how HPE 3PAR compares to other storage solutions he has used in the past:

“The speed of the Flash Array is better than what we had with the previous products. We like their blades better than the Cisco blades. It is easier to manage.”

Eric Slabbinck, project manager at a government agency, suggested specific features that could improve HPE 3PAR:

“From a personal point of view, what would interest me is a mechanism that detects file rot, i.e., whether a file or sector has become corrupt, e.g., as a result of copying the sector to other locations from the original location.”

NetApp

A lead storage/system engineer at a financial services firm described how NetApp All Flash has helped his organization:

“We have been looking for a flash solution that scales horizontally along with a proven application integration stack. NetApp has been helpful and stable, and enabled us to buy capacity as needed, as well as help in quickly refreshing UAT/DEV environments as needed.”

An R&D executive supervisor at a media company explained what he values most in All Flash FAS:

“It is very user friendly. Someone in my position needs to be able to bring up the system quickly, efficiently, and shut it down if there’s a power outage quickly and efficiently without having trouble. It also supports VMware, which is what we use; but we use the NetApp as our only filer.”

A computer systems engineer at a government agency wrote about product improvements that he’s looking forward to using once they’re released by NetApp:

“We’re interested or excited in getting to 32 GB fiber channel. With their new models, NetApp will be moving to 32 GB fiber. That would potentially raise performance and or lower our port counts, simplifying or minimizing the amount of cables we need to put in places.”

Tintri VMstore

Mike Geller, network administrator at a healthcare company, wrote about the value Tintri has added to his organization:

“Tintri has a great web UI that allows you to view performance of individual VMs, as well as performance of the overall VMstore. Code upgrades are really simple.”

Donald Lopez, IT manager at a tech services company, shared how his organization has benefitted from Tintri:

“Immediately upon installation, we benefited from a 5X speed/performance increase in the overall system for all of our VMs migrated to the unit from an old unreliable Synology storage unit.”

Raymond Handels, system engineer at a university, weighed in on how Tintri could further improve its storage solution:

“Speed of our VDI machines. We have a very high login and logout ratio and machines are being refreshed instantly so we have a constant boot storm on our storage.”

Nimble Storage

Brian Butler, senior network analyst at a financial services firm, explained how deploying Nimble Storage benefitted his organization:

“It has vastly improved the responsiveness of our servers. It adds snapshots to help with our DR. The snapshots are sent across the way into our DR site, so we have DR copies of everything. It’s all around just improved the flow of everything.”

Paul Sabin, senior network and infrastructure manager at a legal firm, noted a shortcoming with Nimble Storage:

“I really would like to see synchronous replication. This is something that when we have multiple arrays in our environment and being able to do something like a zero RPO. Being a law firm, we really want our data to be protected all the time.”

Pure Storage

An information systems analyst at a pharma/biotech company described the value in Pure Storage’s VDI capabilities:

“For VDI, there’s a consistent user experience. Users don’t switch to VDI if it’s not at the same speed as a laptop or desktop, and Pure Storage provides that.”

Andrea Spinazi, chief of information, facility, purchasing and services manager at Roma Metropolitane S.r.l., explained what he finds most beneficial with Pure Storage:

“The most valuable features are extremely low latency, high IOPS with VMware, inline deduplication and compression….We liked the non-disruptive downgrade from FA-420 (POC) to FA-405 in production and the non-disruptive upgrade from FA-405 to M20.”

However, Leonardo Perez, deputy head of IT at a government agency, warned of a Pure Storage drawback:

“Be careful with the type of information you allocate to this storage. The solution is good for virtual machines and databases, but not for images and videos. Compression rates are not good for these types of data.”

IBM FlashSystem

A design engineer at a recruiting/HR firm described the features he values most in IBM FlashSystem:

“The performance is really good. From an operations perspective, definitely the ease of use stands out. Compared to other products and other vendors, it’s much, much easier.”

A senior solutions architect at a tech services company shared how his company has benefitted from IBM FlashSystem:

“The V9000 incorporates both the Spectrum virtualization layer as well as flash technology. It does it in such a unique manner that it provides super-fast response times. There’s low latency for the customers. It’s very simple and easy.”

Joseph King, CTO at CAS Severn, suggested a way IBM FlashSystem could improve:

“We think that IBM has to continue to invest in additional data reduction capabilities, which are on their roadmap. Being able to use flash most efficiently, where the least amount of data is physically being stored on the V9000, is really where IBM needs to make additional investment. They are doing that.”

You can read more all-flash array reviews on IT Central Station.

 

 



Source link

8 Vendors Poised To Make Strides In Storage In 2017


2017 is shaping up to be a year of great change in storage. The hard disk is dying and the result is that flash-based products are surging on all fronts, though Intel and Micron have a flash alternative in the pipeline. Object storage is gaining ground over traditional arrays. Software-defined storage is going to be hot, especially in hyperconverged architectures. Above all, 2017 will see the cloud, both public and hybrid, stealing growth away from the data center and its vendors.

Traditional storage array and filer vendors are looking for a share of the software and support revenue as hardware platforms enter into a race to the bottom driven by COTS gear and low-priced drives. Open source code seeks to compete with them, suggesting that we will have plenty of storage software choices for 2017 and beyond.

Storage-as-a-Service is a new alternative to data center disk farms and vendors are touting cloud-based variants as a solution for the hybrid cloud dilemma of where to place data. On top of all of this, old faithful storage interconnects such as SAS, SATA and Fibre Channel are now competing against upstarts like NVMe and NVMoF, while Ethernet has surged ahead in cost performance to become the cloud interconnect of choice.

Let’s look at some storage vendors that will be worth keeping an eye on in 2017. These are all companies with good plans, which, if fully executed, should give us leading products this year.

(Image: Wang An Qi/Shutterstock)



Source link

8 Vendors Poised To Make Strides In Storage In 2017


2017 is shaping up to be a year of great change in storage. The hard disk is dying and the result is that flash-based products are surging on all fronts, though Intel and Micron have a flash alternative in the pipeline. Object storage is gaining ground over traditional arrays. Software-defined storage is going to be hot, especially in hyperconverged architectures. Above all, 2017 will see the cloud, both public and hybrid, stealing growth away from the data center and its vendors.

Traditional storage array and filer vendors are looking for a share of the software and support revenue as hardware platforms enter into a race to the bottom driven by COTS gear and low-priced drives. Open source code seeks to compete with them, suggesting that we will have plenty of storage software choices for 2017 and beyond.

Storage-as-a-Service is a new alternative to data center disk farms and vendors are touting cloud-based variants as a solution for the hybrid cloud dilemma of where to place data. On top of all of this, old faithful storage interconnects such as SAS, SATA and Fibre Channel are now competing against upstarts like NVMe and NVMoF, while Ethernet has surged ahead in cost performance to become the cloud interconnect of choice.

Let’s look at some storage vendors that will be worth keeping an eye on in 2017. These are all companies with good plans, which, if fully executed, should give us leading products this year.

(Image: Wang An Qi/Shutterstock)



Source link

Vendors Poised To Make Strides In Storage In 2017


2017 is shaping up to be a year of great change in storage. The hard disk is dying and the result is that flash-based products are surging on all fronts, though Intel and Micron have a flash alternative in the pipeline. Object storage is gaining ground over traditional arrays. Software-defined storage is going to be hot, especially in hyperconverged architectures. Above all, 2017 will see the cloud, both public and hybrid, stealing growth away from the data center and its vendors.

Traditional storage array and filer vendors are looking for a share of the software and support revenue as hardware platforms enter into a race to the bottom driven by COTS gear and low-priced drives. Open source code seeks to compete with them, suggesting that we will have plenty of storage software choices for 2017 and beyond.

Storage-as-a-Service is a new alternative to data center disk farms and vendors are touting cloud-based variants as a solution for the hybrid cloud dilemma of where to place data. On top of all of this, old faithful storage interconnects such as SAS, SATA and Fibre Channel are now competing against upstarts like NVMe and NVMoF, while Ethernet has surged ahead in cost performance to become the cloud interconnect of choice.

Let’s look at some storage vendors that will be worth keeping an eye on in 2017. These are all companies with good plans, which, if fully executed, should give us leading products this year.

(Image: Wang An Qi/Shutterstock)



Source link