Doron Kempel, Chairman and CEO of SimpliVity
As organisations become increasingly data driven, they will demand an infrastructure that supports scalability and flexibility without complexities and performance penalties. To provide enterprises with such an infrastructure, SimpliVity is advocating hyperconvergence, a type of infrastructure which tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies that are needed to manage IT.
We talked to Doron Kempel, Chairman and CEO of SimpliVity, to learn more about hyperconvergence.
What is hyperconvergence, and how does it differ from traditional infrastructure?
Hyperconvergence is a solution that helps companies gain the economics, ease of management and scalability of cloud computing in their own data centres. It combines all the elements of the legacy IT stack below the hypervisor (networking, storage, processors, backup, WAN acceleration etc) and software (like backup, management tools) found in a data centre into single more efficient solution that dramatically reduces the amount of hardware, management applications and the man-hours needed to manage IT.
Many enterprises today are implementing hyperconvergence based on a data architecture that addresses the performance, capacity, mobility, management, data protection and efficiency required in today's modern data centre. We believe that true hyperconvergence consists of infrastructure that takes these 12 disparate technologies that exist in the data centre below the hypervisor. Think of servers, storage, network, backup, cloud gateways etc. They are assimilated into x86 based building blocks or appliances all managed through a single management interface integrated directly into the hypervisor.
In the traditional infrastructure, vendors build a variety of products and each one of them satisfies a small functional set sometimes a single product for a single function. In hyperconvergence, the attempt is to limit the number of products that deliver the same set of functionality and this reduces complexity and costs. Thus, it is an attempt to simplify and reduce costs.
Are specialised skills required to manage a hyperconverged infrastructure?
Today's IT infrastructure stack comprises of up to 12 products with each one representing an individual skill set and those skill sets vary in terms of data protection, data efficiency, storage, servers and so forth. Therefore, in order to develop a potent hyperconverged product, the team needs to understand the whole IT infrastructure stack.
As for SimpliVity, we simplify everything for the customers by making it less complex on the customers' end because we have built the product using a lot of our expertise. Only one person who understands VMware is required from the customers' end to manage the whole stack and all of our products globally. We provide training for this but essentially, there isn't a need for a lot of training because a VMware administrator can now manage the whole infrastructure through the VMWare interface.
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