Hyperconvergence

Scale Computing and APC by Schneider Electric Launch 'Micro Data Center in a Box'

Written by David Marshall

Scale Computing has partnered with APC by Schneider Electric to deliver a Micro Data Center in a Box solution.

By utilizing Schneider Electric's award-winning Micro Data Center portfolio of infrastructure solutions, the Micro Data Center in a Box is able to deliver a fast, cost effective and resilient solution for channel partners, MSPs and end users while meeting the distinct challenges of big data and IoT faced by many businesses today.

The joint platform is built on a highly simplified but extremely effective and adaptable infrastructure. Micro Data Center in a Box offers a range of shared automated virtualization, compute, storage and power management resources. Under the terms of the agreement, Scale Computing supplies its HC3 HyperCore software while APC delivers a self-contained and secure enclosure. This solution allows organizations to simply and efficiently deliver a complete and highly energy efficient IT solution that is pre-tested, optimized and able to be rapidly deployed. This allows for a reliable and robust environment to leverage the best of on-premise and multi-cloud infrastructures.

The Micro Data Center in a Box requires minimal IT expertise and no additional infrastructure software. Instead, it is a highly available, self-managing platform for running applications at the edge. The added pay as you grow flexibility enables organizations to start small and grow their IT as and when needed. In addition, it has built-in redundancy to provide business continuity, even in remote edge locations. The solution is pre-packaged and ships ready to be deployed, providing a quick, turn-key and simple IT infrastructure, optimized to immediately support edge computing needs.

Nexenta Announces Enterprise File Services-based Software Defined Storage for Multi Cloud Environments

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Nexenta announced enterprise support and availability of a virtual deployed storage appliance, enabling enterprises to expand their hyper-converged infrastructure, applications, and workload flexibility. In tandem with this comes the latest versions of their leading storage software solutions, adding functionality to further accelerate their support for today's enterprises in private, public, hybrid, and multi clouds.

The newest version of Nexenta's full-featured software-defined storage (SDS) for enterprise applications, NexentaStor 5.1.2, offers the ultimate flexibility. This virtual machine deployment model of the award-winning NexentaStor unified storage software provides secure enterprise file services for hyper-converged appliance users as well as VMware users with traditional block only storage arrays without any additional hardware purchase. The use of the virtual storage appliance augments the already industry-leading hardware compatibility list for bare metal installations of NexentaStor. 

Maxta Introduces Hyperconverged "(Un)Appliance" with Maxta and Red Hat Virtualization Pre-Configured on Intel Data Center Blocks

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Maxta today introduced a Hyperconverged "(Un)Appliance" for Red Hat Virtualization, a pre-configured system of Red Hat Virtualization software and Maxta Hyperconvergence software bundled together on Intel Data Center Blocks hardware. This joint solution provides all the advantages of appliance-based hyperconvergence without any of the disadvantages - there's no refresh tax, no upgrade tax, no VMware tax, and no proprietary virtualization.

Hyperconverged (Un)Appliances collapse servers, storage, and networking into a single server tier that is used to run virtual machines and containers. Storage is configured automatically when VMs or containers are created allowing administrators to focus on managing applications rather than storage. The combination of Intel Data Center Blocks, Red Hat Virtualization and Maxta Hyperconvergence Software provides the operational and capital expense reductions desired by organizations, but in a way that is less expensive to procure, refresh and expand when compared to appliance-based hyperconvergence.

HiveIO Launches Hive Fabric 7.0, Bringing Next-Gen Intelligence to the Data Center

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HiveIO, a company that transforms commodity data center equipment into a software-defined virtualization solution, today announced version 7.0 of Hive Fabric, the industry's first zero-layer, hardware- and vendor-agnostic solution that provides high-performing, scalable technology to remove complexity from the data center. The artificial intelligence (AI) ready hyperconverged fabric (HCF) solution delivers next-generation data center management technology in a simple-to-deploy and easy-to-operate platform.

Current IT architecture requires highly skilled specialists with a range of certifications to manage the data center. Offering all the components of a hyperconverged solution, Hive Fabric 7.0 satisfies the performance, scale, and security that enterprises demand while eliminating confusing licensing and multi-vendor integration and management that come with traditional hyperconverged infrastructure.

Scale Computing Launches New MSP Program

Written by David Marshall

Scale Computing launched a new MSP program, consisting of a new flexible pricing model that ultimately reduces CapEx through a price per-node, per-month, OpEx subscription.

"We are committed to working with the channel in a true partnership, and our updated program is a reflection of this as we strive to enable our partners to maintain a competitive advantage. The market is dynamic, and channel partners need to adapt to meet new challenges and customer requirements," commented Jeff Ready, CEO at Scale Computing.

This program was not only created to boost partner profitability but also to enable partners to sell additional vital services that will meet growing customer requirements around Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), Infrastructure as-a-Service (IaaS) and Remote Management as-a-Service (RMMaaS).

 

Pivot3 Announces Pivot3 Cloud Edition to Simplify Use of Public Clouds

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Pivot3, the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology and performance leader, today announced Pivot3 Cloud Edition on Amazon Web Services (AWS), which enables customers to simplify, optimize and automate their use of multi-cloud environments to better address business challenges. This extension of Pivot3's HCI software platform to the public cloud is part of the company's strategy to unify on-premises and public cloud infrastructures with its innovations in policy-based management and automated resource orchestration technologies. By extending these capabilities, Pivot3 is addressing the many challenges IT faces in reducing costs while improving agility from a hybrid and multi-cloud environment.

"Advancements in public cloud services brought the promise of reduced complexity and improved economics. However, to this point, IT has been held back by management and cost complexities along with lack of seamless, end-to-end control," said John Spiers, executive vice president of strategy, Pivot3. "Pivot3 Cloud Edition features our Intelligent Cloud Engine that brings unprecedented simplicity, intelligence and automation to multi-cloud environments. This intelligence engine features our market-leading policy-based management and resource orchestration capabilities that were designed to span on-premises infrastructure and public clouds as tiers of resources."

Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance Taps Scale Computing for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Today, it was announced that Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance, the largest insurance company entirely based in Idaho, is using Scale Computing’s HC3 solution to modernize their IT infrastructure for maximum performance, reliability and low cost of ownership.

“Our customers rely on us to provide prompt and accurate service as they’re dealing with important, urgent issues, so exceptional IT availability and reliability are vital to our organization,” said Adam Waldron, CIO at Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance. “With Scale Computing, we were able to migrate our entire IT environment to a single hyperconverged system, greatly improving reliability and reducing complexity, while keeping costs down.”
 
Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance, established in 1947 by a group of farmers and ranchers, is now the largest writer of farm and ranch insurance in the state. With more than $200 million in written net premiums, Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance needed maximum reliability and uptime in their IT infrastructure with no margin for error.
 

Spice Money Transforms Digital Payments for Millions of Users with Nutanix

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Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced the deployment of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software at Spice Money, a digital wallet subsidiary of Spice Digital Limited. Spice Money chose Nutanix to help with scaling transactions, streamlining their data center management and reducing costs to deploy their services.

Spice Money is used mainly for money transfers within India, and processes over 4 million transactions for more than 2 million customers every month. To date, Spice Money has achieved a Gross Transaction Value (GTV) of $1 billion USD.

Keeping up with its exponential growth while retaining innovation, high performance and reliability of the service are critical objectives for Spice Money. Digitization and digital payments are key areas of growth across India and customers are increasingly demanding faster and more secure services. Data protection and compliance were also important considerations in their selection of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud solution.

Huawei and Veeam Provide Rapid Recovery and Business Continuity for FusionCube Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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Huawei announced a verified solution stack built with the Huawei FusionCube hyperconverged platform that leverages Veeam Availability Suite for protection and rapid recovery of workloads. The Huawei verified solution provides enterprises a highly scalable and easy-to-manage platform to both power and protect business workloads.

Veeam, the Availability for the Always-On Enterprise innovator, brings data availability and protection capabilities to FusionCube hyperconverged infrastructure to all workloads - virtual, physical and cloud - all from a single management console, providing:

Nutanix Fuels Channel Partners to Propel the Next Generation of Cloud Deployments

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Nutanix announced today that it is introducing new channel program incentives and expanded standalone software license offerings with Dell EMC to drive the next wave of enterprise cloud adoption for its customers. With these new incentives, Nutanix will provide its partners with enhanced economics for selling Nutanix software and enable customers to have more options in how they procure industry-leading hybrid cloud and hyperconverged technologies for their data centers.

Dell EMC XC Core includes Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers and Dell EMC solution integration software for Nutanix software deployments. XC Core, available today, is an alternative to other products in the Dell EMC XC Family that allows customers to purchase the Nutanix software license separately from the rest of the appliance with access to software support directly from Nutanix's award-winning customer service organization. Customers will be able to choose the software licensing terms and conditions that are optimal for their business needs.