Say nay to the naysayers – serverside storage for believers

DISCLAIMER: I am currently working on a Marketing project for ScaleComputing, one of the players in the HyperConverged platform market. The heat is on! That’s the least you can say about datacenter marketexture. There are two big trends going on in the datacenter design:  on the logical side we are drastically changing from a client-server age to cloud-computing age (or however we are going to call this era in 10 years time). on the physical side we are drastically changing from a silo-design to a node-based design. this goes hand in hand with the ‘software-defined’ trend Most of you know

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Who is ScaleComputing and why do they appear on my blog?

I think everyone knows by now that I am a huge fan of HyperConverged Infrastructure. The biggest reason for that is that I love per-node scalability. I still love the way that EqualLogic has taught me to design infrastructures for its current use and only scale later (read: Storage That Grows Cheaper). There are two reasons for postponing acquisition for future use: you don’t know today what your demands will be in 2 years from now  you don’t know today what the technology will be 2 years from now In the last two years we have seen a huge upcoming

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is VSAN more affordable?

I was very pleased to see actual results coming on the VMware blog concerning VSAN 5.5 GA benchmarks in the lab. First of all please read the blogpost first before going to my analysis/questions. Secondly if you are looking for answers, this is not going to be the place as I am just going to ask more questions. That being said let’s have a look at the actual results. If we simplify the results of the benchmark these are the finding: VSAN does scale lineair, up to 1600 heavy duty VDI’s on a 16-node cluster response times scale linear as

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Converged Architectures: it’s the use case, stupid!

Converged infrastructure There are two types of converged infrastructure: the one click sale all components in one SKU of which we know VCE vBLOCK, NetApp FlexPod, EMC vSPEX, Hitachi UCP, Dell vStart and HP VirtualSystem or most recently HP Sharks (working title). Technology wise there is hardly any added value here. Some have the system pre-packaged, others pre-installed but over all the added value is just in the processes. The second type of converged infrastructure is the hyperconverged infrastructure where all server and compute components are part of a single building block. In this area we think of Scale Computing,

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