Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software provides virtualized compute, storage, networking and associated (cloud) management — from a single instantiation running on server hardware. Core capabilities for HCI software are virtual compute, storage and networking, using a scale-out, shared-nothing architecture combined with unified, “single pane of glass” management for these virtual resources. Additional core capabilities include local, direct-attached storage (DAS) in each node; enterprise-grade, high availability (HA) and mobility, for both compute and storage; enterprise-grade data services (e.g., deduplication, compression and erasure coding); and some level of choice in server and network hardware.
"Best Solution for our Tech Refresh"
There are significant merit achieved from the improvements made by moving away from 3-tier architecture. With a much leaner environment that we have achieved, below are the key highlights: Simplicity: We have fifteen (15) physical servers of different models and thirty (30) virtual servers migrated into a single (1) appliance. The improved server landscape provides us unparalleled simplicity with a very intuitive management interface. This give us an integrated overview on how every components in our server landscape are behaving. Economic Advantage: Our total cost of operation (TCO) inclusive of software and hardware licenses, electricity, support and maintenance has reduced significantly with this implementation. We are saving USD 220,000 annually. Service Availability and Automation: The ability on maintaining a hardware “always-on” operation has materialized with this implementation. This is mainly due to the highly scalable availability and hardware resiliency exist within its ecosystem. Environmental Impact: HCI means more compute power in significantly smaller form factor that consumes a lot less electricity and lesser carbon footprint for reduced demand for indoor cooling. We are reaching 83% reduction on our electricity bill annually. Conclusion: We have almost made our infrastructure invisible, elevating IT and enabling us to utilize our talents and creativity not just to make the IT team more competitive, efficient and profitable, but also for the company as a whole. With the robust and hassle-free infrastructure, we are more than ready to take advantages of other emerging trends such as digital transformation leveraging the benefits of the cloud.
"Best hardware we ever implemented."
Update(2022): We have grown and when looking at an infrastructure upgrade we researched multiple options. After pricing them out for the next 4 years, we chose to purchase our second SCALE cluster. Migration was one of the easiest tasks of this magnitude I have ever accomplished, the built-in SCALE replication technology literally moved my servers over to the new system overnight without any supervision. Cutover was seamless for over a dozen server VM's, and since then we have done multiple upgrades, "oops" file restores, and OS maintenance without incident. The snapshots have even enabled us to rollback and Exchange server without database corruption. Still 100% satisfied with SCALE hardware and their hypervisor platform with unlimited VM licensing. We also recently purchased their new backup offering to copy the snapshots to the cloud. (2018) After years of adding physical machines to increase capacity we needed a server system that could add redundancy to our systems. The SCALE cluster was the perfect fit for a business of our size and provided the ability to retire/re-purpose 6 other physical devices. It was deployed without any specialized training, and has operated continuously for three years without causing any unscheduled downtime. The ease of creating new virtual server instances has increased our flexibility to add new systems and software. SCALE has continued to add easy to use software features, and their top-tier support, although rarely needed, has been always available, patient, and kind eve to easy questions.
"Windows Server 2016 : A stable, Secure and Robust platform for enterprise services"
Our Organization has deployed Windows server DC edition for on premises ADDS,ADFS,ADCS,ADLDS and ADRMS services. as it was needed to raise multiple Virtual machines supporting various task/services DC edition was easier to choose and deploy. we have raised VMs in Hyper-V for services like File and Print Sharing, VAMT, WSUS and WDS. AD Services have been deployed along with DNS and DHCP services for need of IP Management and domain/zone management. it is easy to deploy and manage using windows server. Security was a big focus area as far as 2016 development was planned and it delivers well at security aspects in most of the cases. while container approach has provide docker style container along with hyper-v container. now anyone can use docker directly into windows environment and can run Linux based containers as well using container environment. running different technology based containers on same host OS makes it attractive for developers. scalability on other hand has been dealt well in new edition now we have support for large compute, storage and memory. Another feature provided in windows 2016 is nano server concept. it is a small image of windows 2016 OS which has support for running IIS applications, File servers and virtual machines while reducing attack surface as it lacks UI code which is main factor while we talk about attacks. Storage Spaces Direct is new feature in 2016 edition essentially it can convert any storage drives and create a network storage. A new feature like encryption for virtual machine is introduced which enhances security profile of hosted machines. Software defined network provide greater options in networking related aspects.
"Full-fledged hybrid cloud foundation for a higher level of performance and efficiency"
With global VM-centric administration and built-in resilience and protection of personal data, HPE SimpliVity is a powerful and intelligent hyper-converged infrastructure that allows us to increase capacity in seconds, reduce data warehouse management complexity, and create a virtual desktop from an image in just minutes as well as adding more storage is also a matter of seconds and if our server crashes we have the power to quickly upkeep it with a single mouse click. HPE SimpliVity has fabulous capabilities that simplify our data centers as well as adaptable design which can be implemented in any use case. I have picked HPE SimpliVity because of its unmatched feature-rich system. It offers a very rich set of features including system data at the confederation, cluster, and node levels, business intelligence for deep visibility into capacity usage and estimates of capacity utilization, and proactive wellness to reduce support costs. I love it because it has all the needed capabilities to meet my needs.
"StarWind is an excellent Virtual SAN solution for VMware"
Because of the way our licenses had changed and modified over the years I was not able to use VMware's vSAN product (wasn't included). I read about StarWind in the Spiceworks community and tried it. It has worked well for us - spectacular actually - and I'm very pleased. I wanted to take a few minutes to update this review. In a few months I will be reviewing the HCI version of the product.
"VMware is really brilliant - high performance and exceptional quality. "
The overall experience has been great. The solution is just simply awesome - very fast, rock solid and very cost affective. We used VMware as a main infrastructure solution and it allowed us to increase our storage performance by all means.
"Consistently Improving HCI and Eliminating Technical Debt"
The platform continues to improve as new features are added, and clearly there is major investment in the technology from Dell EMC. We leverage the VxRail platform as the foundational infrastructure used to run virtual infrastructure, enterprise and venue services, EUC/VDI, guest-facing 3D gaming and more. Deploying VxRail has helped us solve problems throughout our organization, maintain Five Nines of availability and consolidate our overall footprint to save cost and reduce technical debt.
"SmartX, a company with craftsmanship "
Back in 2019, we learnt about SmartX and the company's product, SMTX OS, when attempting to make our first move in adopting hyperconverged infrastructure. Two years later, as we launched another open selection of hyper-convergence providers to meet the need of capacity increase for legacy hyperconverged infrastructure environment, driven by our ever-growing business volume in this year, SmartX stood out beyond the rest and brought completely refreshing experience by its dominant market presence as a hyper-convergence provider evolving rapidly in the trust industry for the last two years. To gain deeper insight on SmartX, we've met with our peers in person, e.g. Minmetals International Trust Co., LTD and COFCO Trust, all of whom speaking highly of their experience with products from the company in that: all products have been independently researched and developed by the company, who provides not only customized solutions based on different customer scenarios, but also direct communication channels with its post-sales team through 7*24*4 mobile phone on-call service. SmartX has out-scored all other domestic and international competitors, like vSAN and Nutanix, in the final public tender, thus ultimately secured their very first collaboration with us.
"StarWind HCA is The Perfect Solution for SMB IT Departments "
Working with Starwind and converting to their HCA appliance for our SMB has been a great decision. We moved away from a Server 2012 R2 "Cluster in a box" solution to the HCA appliance. Originally, we tried seeking solutions from our previous vendors, but all were either priced out of our budget or required significant additional licensing (data center) which our use case does not justify. After running onto the Starwind Solution, we were very impressed by the demo. Other than some shipping issues, that were out of Starwind's control, we were impressed with every step of the way. For example, in the post sales experience, they discovered that a certain piece of hardware requested in our initial proposal was going to delay our project by 6 months. After they identified this issue, they contacted us with a new proposed solution that was at a higher cost to them, but offered it to us at the same agreed upon terms to ensure we met our deadline. After our delivery issues were sorted out with FedEx, StarWinds implementation team contacted us daily to follow up on progress, and we were given a dedicated person to help us throughout the entire process. They guided us through testing, setting up and verifying all monitoring tools, verifying their support access, and even offered to do the migration itself. However, migrating was so painless that we were able to take care of it with zero downtime during business hours with no one even noticing! After the initial migration, support stayed in touch with us to ensure everything was operating smoothly, and we had a few post migration performance checks as well.
"The most secure data storage platform available. "
A great feature of this tool is the ability it gives us to quickly and efficiently create a good virtual storage facility, which protects us well and allows us to create a high-quality shared storage facility.
"Good Product provide by a Good Team"
Good product with the good price. Sangfor teams also provide good support & fast response. The marketing teams provide Built Of Materials and price very fast, so we can propose solution to the management rapidly. The problem escalation occurs fast, making problem solving also faster.
"Implementation wad fully supported and delivered on what was promised."
This solution has worked so well in deploying Data safe have and vdi platforms. We have loved Pivot 3 for.... Performance, Pleasing deployment and Peace (it has been what you want which is a robust and consistently up storage platform).
"HCI solution that may be the best kept secret for best value for the price"
We had two VM clusters, one in CA and one in OR. Each cluster had a failed host and the storage were reaching end of life. We decided this was a good time to implement HCI to simplify the refresh, improve performance and meet growing business needs. We looked at different solutions and we really liked the fact that the solution is hardware agnostic, that we could acquire our own hardware without being tied to equipment that could only be supported by the HCI vendor. During the evaluation, we found the costs for different HCI solutions and features vary greatly. The overall cost of implementing Maxta HCI was 30 - 400% lower then the others. It was overall the best balance between price and features.
"Must Have Software Defined Storage Platform"
My experience with Datacore and SANSymphony has been an extremely pleasant one. I started my job role not having heard of the product, and 3 years on i'm an advocate! Having had to virtualize and move machines to SANSymphony I have noticed a massive increase in performance and reliability. The system is very easy to work with and Datacore support offers excellent expertise when assistance is required.
"Red Hat Hyper-converged Infrastructure for virtualization "
Overall experience with the Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is extremely beneficial in terms of reducing the operating expenses, operational overhead and deployment complexity associated with running a software infrastructure.
"A complete computing infrastructure powered by Huawei."
Apart from the language barrier with the technical support team, the program is very effective and reliable. The pricing is very economical for even a start-up business. Our team never had any major issue after the program is fully configured.
"Excellent system offers a bussines transformation. Highly recommended"
This system offers a business transformation solution that provides a single underlying automated platform to implement, execute, maintain and update multiple ...
"Works straight out of the box. Great after sales service."
We needed an environment that developer teams could administer themselves to quickly spawn new VMs, databases and new pods/dockers and manage their own environments; and at the same time free system administrators so they can focus on production systems. Stratoscale provides an AWS-like interface that most developers are already familiar with.