A traditional IT infrastructure typically has multiple independent components, often from different vendors. This causes 2 common issues: first, each component requires dedicated management tools. And second: some tinkering is always required to make all components run together smoothly.
These issues are partially solved by converged infrastructures (CI). Customer gets a set of separate compute, storage, and networking resources optimized for better interoperability. However, this approach doesn’t solve the administration complexity issues, requiring dedicated tools to manage different parts of the infrastructure. One more CI drawback is non-transparent scaling. Servers, storage, and networking equipment has to be scaled individually. Also, large amount of hardware leads to high CAPEX and OPEX.
Yet, all these issues are completely resolved by hyperconverged IT infrastructure approach. Hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) consolidate compute, storage, and networking resources within a single “building block”. HCI completely resolves the management complexity problem by leaving the “separate components – separate management” approach behind. You simply manage your VMs or applications, instead of dealing with each component individually, while the infrastructure does the rest for you. Ultimately, hyperconvergence grants transparent scaling options, providing the ability not only to scale up by adding more drives, memory, or CPUs, but also to scale out by adding cluster nodes. Also, since there is less hardware to purchase and no proprietary hardware to maintain, CAPEX and OPEX become significantly lower.
Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is a design where software (instead of hardware) determines storage performance, availability, and resiliency. It provides standard x86 hardware with features that were previously available only in a SAN (i.e., deduplication, replication, snapshots, server-side caching, and log-structuring). With SDS, you can add new features through software updates, not hardware replacement.
With SDS, you can focus on applications you want to run, and all the infrastructure resources will be allocated automatically according to requirements you set. SDS saves both your time and effort since there is no more need to manage hypervisor, storage, and networking separately.
What is more, SDS makes it easier to build solutions that fit a job by allowing you to switch from proprietary to commodity components. Thus, you get a broader choice of components that are well proven and give you better flexibility. At the end of the day, you really get what you want and not what some vendor is forcing you to buy.
StarWind is a one-stop virtualization shop and the only provider for full-stack datacenter infrastructure you need. StarWind products are extremely easy to use.
A typical system administrator would do the job without any special storage network (SAN/NAS) management skills.
StarWind brings virtualization infrastructure resilience to an entirely new level by putting High Availability “on steroids” and bringing it to Fault Tolerance. StarWind ensures highest achievable performance of datacenter infrastructure without any overprovisioning.
StarWind is cost efficient to the extreme, up to being completely free, and serves a wide range of customers, including the most budget-conscious ones.
For those who need to build a new virtualization infrastructure from scratch, our solution is StarWind HyperConverged Appliance – the all-in-one simple turn-key hyper-converged platform. It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, hypervisor and Software-Defined Storage, and associated software into a single manageable layer.Learn more
For those who have sufficient compute resources and need to scale storage capacity without breaking the bank, our solution is StarWind Storage Appliance – the turbocharged storage platform. It serves storage as a single namespace to multiple virtualization environments and easily handles unpredictable data growth.Learn more
For those, who already have server hardware and need to build a datacenter infrastructure based on the existing setup, our solution is StarWind Virtual SAN – the versatile Software-Defined Storage. It eliminates the need in physical SAN or NAS by “mirroring” disks and flash between servers to create a resilient shared storage.Learn more
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