The latest and greatest thing in the data center is apparently containers. For those of us with long enough teeth to remember the heady days of the early millennium, they look and smell a lot like Solaris Zones.
Containers in their current incarnations are garnering a great deal of attention, especially in the DevOps world, where continuous deployment is the latest word in deployment strategies.
It is said that nothing is new in the world, and with containers, this statement could not be truer. I think, therefore, that an overview of the evolution of the container may be useful.
Continue reading Containers: Innovation or Evolution? Will They Rule the World?
One of the key features of a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution is appliance-based scale-out architecture. A workload is housed on a collection of these appliances, which are the standard building blocks. The number of blocks is selected to deliver sufficient resources for the workload. But just how standard are these building blocks? Over time, I’ve seen HCI vendors offering quite a bit of variation across their models. Does this reduce or negate the value of the scale-out nature of hyperconverged?
Continue reading How Many Models Should a Hyperconverged Vendor Have?
I recently discussed how hyperconverged solutions are all about simplifying data centre management. Thinking about the difficulty of adding simple unified management to existing products illuminated the Nutanix Acropolis move. To get a really hyperconverged solution, you need to remove all of the legacy components and have a total platform that is designed for simplified management.
Continue reading Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor Is Only Logical
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.
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Whenever an innovation or buzzword gets popular, it is natural for marketing to pile on and apply the word to products. We are starting to see “hyperconverged” achieve this sort of recognition. Early hyperconverged vendors built their solutions from the beginning to be hyperconverged and deliver a set of values. These vendors continue to work at educating the market on the nature and value of hyperconvergence. Now, the customer appetite for hyperconverged solutions is proven and lucrative. Other vendors are calling their products “hyperconverged” because they have some of the characteristics, but giving something a name doesn’t change its nature. At the same time, giving something the wrong name doesn’t mean that thing isn’t valuable. So, what does make a solution hyperconverged? What is it about these solutions that makes them deserve a different name?
Continue reading Hyperwashing: What Makes a Solution Hyperconverged?
The last part of our IT transformation series is on show-back. The final—some say the first—component of using any cloud for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is cost. We plan to use a cloud to save on costs, but we have to be able to prove we will save money. Unfortunately, with all the approaches to IT transformation—top-down, migration, no changes to management—the truth is that excessive cloud use could turn into massive costs. Those costs, if not handled properly, will end up hamstringing any IT transformation after it happens. The answer is show-back. Continue reading IT Transformation: Show Back