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Embracing Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

why_enterprises_HCI_V1According to the latest free ebook from VMware on the subject:

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) revolutionizes the data center, bringing all the benefits of server virtualization to storage. It is composed of two essential elements: hyper-converged infrastructure software and industry-standard hardware. Together they provide the performance, flexibility, and efficiency that budget-conscious, resource-starved IT departments crave.

Download your free copy today to learn how with HCI powered by VMware vSAN, you can:

Evolve Without Risk

  • Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage and enjoy the best integration with vSphere features like DRS and vMotion
  • Continue to leverage the large and proven ecosystem of VMware partners
  • Protect current investments in storage infrastructure with policy-based management

Reduce TCO

  • Lower total cost of ownership by 50% or more with CapEx and OpEx savings
  • Accelerate responsiveness to traditionally timeconsuming tasks with analytics and automation
  • Achieve predictable performance and cost with grow-as-you-go scaling

Scale to Tomorrow

  • Prepare for business in the multi-cloud era
  • Support a wide range of traditional and next-gen apps
  • Use a common storage platform as a steppingstone to the cloud

The Promise of Software‐Defined Storage (SDS)

Hyper Converged Infrastructure for DummiesTogether with Intel, VMware has released a new ebook covering virtualized storage, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), and vSAN.

Hyper‐Converged Infrastructure for Dummies by Michael Haag shows you the ways HCI evolves how compute, storage, and management are delivered and provisioned to help you cut operational and capital costs, increase IT and business agility, and improve application performance.

Chapters explore common use cases, abstraction paths to software defined storage (SDS), getting started, and 10 reasons you’re going to love HCI. As Haag puts it:

Basically, SDS puts the application and its requirements at the top of the IT hierarchy. Now storage can respond to dynamic changes in application requirements.

SDS uses policies to create a just‐in‐time model for storage service delivery. Storage assets and capabilities aren’t configured and assigned to specific applications until they’re needed. Should the policy change, the storage environment responds with the requested new service level.

What matters are the needs of your business. In an age of digital everything and cloud‐savvy end users, you need to quickly deploy IT applications that dynamically adjust storage services so you deliver consistently great performance. SDS helps you get there today.

SDS creates a compelling opportunity for your IT team to fundamentally reenvision how data is stored and managed. Through the introduction of new technologies and associated operational models, you can get ahead of rising storage costs and deliver better and more tailored storage services.

SDS allows you to precisely and automatically match storage supply to application demand.

Download your free copy today.

Essential Capabilities of a CMP

Cloud Managment For DummiesA cloud management platform (CMP) is core to managing your mix of private and public cloud services. According to Jad El‐Zein and Shobhana Viswanathan, authors of Cloud Management for Dummies

At a broader and more business‐oriented level, a CMP is about much more than enabling the automated provisioning of IT resources. Yes, that’s a critical CMP capability, but it isn’t the full story. An effective enterprise CMP includes both the following:

Day 1 capabilities:
Day 1 capabilities enable cloud providers and consumers the ability to rapidly provision a complete services stack — one or more applications, infrastructure, plus all their dependencies — across private and public clouds. And your users have easy access to cloud‐based IT services. These are among the minimum capabilities for a CMP — but an enterprise CMP doesn’t stop there.

Day 2 capabilities:
A CMP that’s ready for the challenges of a large enterprise also addresses the Day 2 activities involved in managing and optimizing a hybrid cloud environment. These include both automation‐centric activities and operations management‐centric activities that allow you to keep a hybrid cloud environment and associated applications up and running — with peak efficiency and optimal performance — and to operate it like a business.

An enterprise CMP does all the following:
✓ Provides unified management of public, private, and hybrid cloud resources
✓ Enables Day 1 automated provisioning of application‐centric infrastructure and streamlined access to cloud services
✓ Enables Day 2 capabilities needed to keep a hybrid cloud environment operating at peak efficiency and maintain optimal performance throughout an application’s life cycle

Download your copy to learn what to look for in a CMP to meet your needs around:

  • Lifecycle management – from deployment to maintenance
  • Hybrid landscape – manage local and remote services
  • Quality of service – improve uptime and performance
  • Cost containment – capture and communicate usage