BY BRIAN KNUDTSON
Enhancing Hyperconvergence with Software
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SimpliVity’s innovative hyperconverged infrastructure was built with a solid foundation, designed to support a very robust and feature rich product. After nearly 3.5 years in initial development, and then another 3.5 years in production environments, OmniStack has been wildly successful with customers of all sizes because of our ability to deliver predictable performance, multi-dimensional scalability, guaranteed data efficiency, and robust data protection. And today, we’re excited to announce the next chapter of our OmniStack software: version 3.5.
This new release will soon be available to all new and current customers. The theme of this release was new capabilities optimized for large, mission-critical, global enterprise deployments. Maintaining our mission to simplify IT means that these features will also be useful and available to customers of all sizes.
The first new feature is Intelligent Workload Optimizer, which provides improved communication about data locality to vSphere DRS. The DRS integration is particularly interesting since it introduces awareness of the location of VMDKs within the OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform to DRS. This integration allows DRS to properly ensure VMs have access to the CPU and memory resources they need, while also keeping each VM local to its data. The alternative would be to have the data “follow the VM” every time a VM migrates, but that operation would be heavy, requiring unnecessary CPU, storage I/O, and network bandwidth. Instead, Intelligent Workload Optimizer’s integration with DRS does not require any data to be transferred as the VM moves to where the data is, which is much quicker and less resource intensive.
Automation and orchestration is a key philosophy when running large data centers and/or private clouds. To support these organizations, we are also introducing a new REST API. These are standardized API calls that can be invoked from any programming/scripting language and orchestration engine that supports REST-based calls. This API is based on our existing CLI, and therefore offers a very rich set of features, including native clone, backup, and restore functions. This allows customers to automate more of their workspace and dedicate more time to innovation.
For customers who need very fast site failure recovery, we have already had much success with stretched clusters, especially in Europe. With this new release, we will now begin to support much larger, full-sized stretched cluster configurations. This further enhances our native data protection feature set by helping customers design for entire site failure with zero data loss and vSphere high availability recovery.
In addition to the OmniStack 3.5 software release, we’re also starting to roll-out an exciting new support offering to our customers – OmniView. Originally developed and used by SimpliVity Support to monitor, assess, and troubleshoot the virtual environments of our customers, OmniView allows customers to rapidly diagnose issues by offering the ability to drill down and compare multiple data points within their environment. SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure and hypervisor-level data is captured within the customer’s environment and sent to SimpliVity’s support cloud for analysis. Customers can easily access the resulting dashboard through SimpliVity’s support portal. Initially, OmniView will be available as part of Mission-Critical support agreements, but availability will be extended to other support tiers over time.
As if all of that wasn’t exciting enough, SimpliVity is also announcing our plans for rolling out support for Microsoft Hyper-V. SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure is architected to support multiple hypervisor platforms, so this offering will be built on the same solid foundation as the SimpliVity OmniStack solution for VMware vSphere and KVM. We’ve been developing our integration with Hyper-V alongside the pre-release cycles of Windows Server 2016, so our support for Hyper-V will be tied to the public release of Windows Server 2016, which is expected later this year.
This new release of OmniStack is an exciting step forward in our mission to simplify the data center. With new features that enhance performance, manageability, availability, and choice, SimpliVity continues to set ourselves apart with a robust set of enterprise features. Watch for a lot more information in the coming weeks, but for now you can find some more information in our Press Release and updated product pages.