Enterprise IT infrastructure is evolving from a legacy, vendor-driven, three-tiered approach to a Web-scale IT model that relies on software. Storage-based software solutions manage flexible x86-based scale-out hardware resources that bundle compute, memory, and storage into each node.
Hyper-converged Infrastructure is a transformational approach that combines simplicity and scale-out by eliminating dedicated storage nodes, yet provides data resiliency via distributed storage software. By coupling Cumulus Linux — the network OS for the open networking movement — with hyper-converged systems, enterprises can break free from the traditional siloed approach and can simplify and aggregate compute and storage resources.
Storage is a critical component of the converted data center architecture as applications are designed to scale. One can deliver server and storage resources that are preconfigured to work together, thus minimizing the risks, creating a predictable cost model. With the evolution of intelligence in the software-defined data center and leveraging hardware off the shelf, Cumulus Networks can align with storage partners that have a shared vision of presenting turnkey solutions to customers.
The benefits of using Hyper-converged Infrastructure are very complementary to the benefits of using Cumulus Linux for networking. Combined with Cumulus Linux-based scale-out, the entire networking stack follows the same design principles as compute to focus on scale-out, simplicity, and automation readiness. The consumption model of an integrated stack through “Data Center in a Rack” can be easily driven through the hyper-converged solutions with open networking to help enterprise customers deploy Web-scale architectures at ease.
Converged infrastructure can serve as an enabling platform for private and public cloud computing services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.
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“Maxta has brought the flexibility to deploy hyper-convergence on any server, any hypervisor and any storage configuration. By combining Maxta MaxDeploy with Cumulus Linux, we have a unique opportunity to build an entire data center leveraging standard servers and switches with the highest degrees of simplicity, scalability, availability and cost savings, eliminating the need for storage arrays and proprietary network switches.”
Yoram Novick, Founder and CEO, Maxta
The Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform is a Web-scale converged infrastructure solution that consolidates the compute (server) tier and the storage tier into a single, integrated appliance. Nutanix uses the same Web-scale principles and technologies that power the IT environment at innovative Web companies and cloud providers such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Nutanix makes Web-scale accessible to mainstream enterprises and government agencies without requiring an overhaul of their IT environments."
Venugopal Pai, VP, Global Alliances & Business Development, Nutanix Inc.
Scality is the industry leader in software-defined storage for the information age, serving over 500 million users worldwide. Scality RING provides 100% reliable Software-Defined Storage with unmatched performance, and is perfect for capacity-driven workloads such as cloud services, high definition video, and enterprise archiving. It runs on standard x86 servers powered by Linux, (e.g. HP, Dell, Cisco, SuperMicro, or Seagate), and creates an unlimited storage pool for file, object and OpenStack applications. Thanks to its underlying object storage architecture, the RING scales to exabytes of data and trillions of files. Seven of the top twenty telecommunication companies, petabyte-scale cloud services, and Global 2000 enterprises rely on the RING for mission-critical applications.