Simplivity – a firm specialising in converged infrastructure for cloud and virtualisation – is setting up a UK presence to better target organisations with its OmniCube hardware and OmniStack software combination, which promises to deliver a "data centre in a box" solution.
The firm, which has been shipping products in the US since 2012, claims to deliver up to a dozen data centre functions from its platform, providing customers with a scale-out modular infrastructure that can be managed from a single pane of glass, rather than having to piece together point solutions from many different vendors.
Simplivity's OmniCube appliances are similar in concept to those from another converged infrastructure firm, Nutanix. Both combine x86 server hardware with storage in each node, doing away with the need for a complex storage area network (SAN), plus a software layer designed to pool together resources across multiple nodes and deliver optimal performance for running virtual machines.
However, Simplivity claims that its platform goes further, integrating backup and deduplication, plus wide area network (WAN) optimisation. All of this is delivered through its OmniStack software that integrates with VMware vCenter, enabling the entire stack to be managed by just a few IT staff using a single management console.
Simplivity chief executive Doron Kempel told V3: "We fix the data problem for customers, and let the VMware administrators run the entire data centre from vCenter."
While currently designed to integrate with VMware's platform, Simplivity plans to extend support to the KVM hypervisor for OpenStack deployments later this year, with Microsoft's Hyper-V also on the roadmap.
A key part of the OmniStack software is what it calls its Data Virtualisation Engine (DVE). This compresses and deduplicates data at inception, reducing the input/output operations per second (IOPS) as well as the volume of storage capacity required for data.
At present, the DVE requires a PCI Express accelerator card inside each OmniCube node to deliver the required performance, but this may change in future as processor power increases, Kempel said. Apart from this, each OmniCube is essentially a standard x86 server packed with SSD accelerated storage, and Simplivity actually uses Dell server hardware, he added.
Because all data has been deduped and compressed right from the start, customers effectively get backup and WAN optimisation free, according to Kempel. Backing up data from applications to another site simply involves copying the metadata and the already deduped storage automatically gets copied as well, he explained.
Deploying the platform requires a minimum of two OmniCube systems, which are 2U (two-unit) high rack-mount modules, and can be expanded one unit at a time as demand grows.
Currently, OmniCubes come in three versions; the CN-2000 with 6-8 CPU cores and 5-10TB of usable storage, the CN-3000 with 12-24 CPU cores and 20-40TB storage, and the CN-5000 with 24 CPU cores and 15-30TB storage.
Simplivity is currently in talks with reseller partners to support customer deployments in the UK, Kempel said.
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