Turbulent times for HCI … online comparison updated with SimpliVity 3.6.1 and Atlantis HyperScale HS-339

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With significant changes occurring almost daily in the SDS / HCI market (HPE’s acquisition announcement of SimpliVity yesterday proves this once again) – our “always online” comparisons seem to become more relevant with every passing day! Visitor numbers and “open community curation” have increased significantly (thanks to all – please keep it coming!!)

Thanks to Lead Consultant Herman Rutten for providing the latest updates to the respective technology tracks – access the updated online comparison here :

Simplivity DVPSimplivity_large

SimpliVity very recently briefed WhatMatrix on the latest improvements of their platform. As always the interactive session was very insightful. Here is a brief summary of the most important bits that have changed in version 3.6.1:

  • Expanded partnership with Huawei (new hardware model)
  • Ability to convert an existing Simplivity cluster into a stretched cluster
  • Added platform support for Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) integrated app-consistent backups
  • Continued focus on VDI as a key use case (eg. slightly adapted license model)
  • Official support for VMware’s long distance vMotion
  • Mechanism to validate network environment prior to deployment

SimpliVity DVP version 3.6.1 Update 1 (coming soon) promises to bring about full support for VMware vSphere 6.5. More exciting still is the fact that Hyper-V support has reached the Select Availability (SA) stage, meaning that selective customers have it up-and-running in their production environment. If everything goes well, General Availability (GA) support for Hyper-V could very well be a reality before we’re halfway through 2017.

Find more detailed information inside the Release Notes.download

Atlantis HyperScale

The latest revision of Atlantis’ HyperScale hyper-converged platform, HS-339, brings a whole list of enhancements. Most noticeable changes are:

  • Streamlining server hardware for HyperScale from 4 vendors (Cisco, Dell, HPE, Lenovo and Super Micro) to just 1 (Dell). The existing solutions have been rebranded from HyperScale to USX Hyperconverged Solutions. Customers can still choose these brands for building their own hyper-converged solution based on reference blueprints provided by Atlantis Computing.
  • More license options that are catered for specific workspace scenarios (per Host/VM/CCU), next to the generic licensing model (per TB).
  • HyperScale now runs Atlantis USX 3.5.1 at its core, allowing for HyperScale to make use of many of the latest features of the software defined software stack.
  • Citrix Director integration – supports integration of Citrix Director with your Atlantis HyperScale environment. It enables XenApp/XenDesktop administrators to troubleshoot workspace issues related to HyperScale storage at a site, user, or Delivery group level. Integration is only available with Atlantis Workspace license models.
  • Guest VM replication – replicate guest VMs hosted on HyperScale volumes to a target volume. Guest VMs hosted on separate HyperScale volumes can be added to a VM group and replicated.

For a full list and details, please read the Release Notes.

With a lot of vendors in the mix battling for market share, it is expected that the trend of (re)positioning and consolidation (acquisitions) in the SDS/HCI space will continue throughout 2017. The fierce competition also means that SDS/HCI technology will keep evolving quickly, and this ultimately benefit customers.

Some final thoughts to take along – we have some VERY interesting NEW SDS/HCI vendors in the pipeline for WhatMatrix on-boarding – promising to bring more excitement (and disruptions) to an already very dynamic marketplace – make sure you keep a close eye on our comparisons. ?

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