Last week, Gartner released its 2015 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. I am interested in this because it includes hyperconverged infrastructure products, alongside a whole lot of other systems. One of the interesting things to see was that of the nineteen companies listed, four were new hyperconverged infrastructure companies. Of course, some of the existing vendors released products in the last year, many using VMware’s EVO:RAIL. Maybe Gartner should evaluate converged and hyperconverged separately from integrated systems that are bound to one application type.
The OpenStack Summit this week continued to fan the flames of the software-defined data center. The software-defined data center is just a term for replacing traditional data center hardware functionality with the same features implemented in software, running on commodity x86 servers. While software-defined approaches to data center features are at least nominally less expensive than their hardware counterparts the real promise in the approach is flexibility and management ease with high levels of integration. Reconfiguring a network to support the security requirements of a new application is now just a function of software and APIs. Expanding storage is just simply adding another node with more storage attached, and the cluster compensates automatically. Even things like firewall rules and load balancer configurations can now be stored as templates along with the applications, to be provisioned in minutes. Continue reading OpenStack and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)