SimpliVity’s Omnistack : The Data Storage, Management, Mobility Software Infrastructure

1.) What is SimpliVity’s Omnistack ?

SimpliVity’s OmniStack technology consists of two main components —the OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform software and its revolutionary OmniStack Accelerator Card.

SimpliVity’s Data Virtualization Platform is SimpliVity’s data architecture. It is a globally-aware file system with data optimization techniques that enables a single shared compute and storage resource pool across multiple sites, and provides highly-efficient data storage, management, and mobility. It abstracts data from its underlying hardware, shifting policies and management from infrastructure components to the application workload/virtual machine level.

--> Software platform, includes support for low-level proprietary file system; it caters for data storage, data management, and data mobility.

The OmniStack Accelerator Card is a purpose-built PCIe card that offloads global inline built-in deduplication, compression, and optimization processes to ensure primary CPU resources are available to serve business applications.

--> Hardware, similar to graphic cards, meant for high efficiency data transfer.

2.) Why do we need it ?

The primary use case of Simplivity's Omnistack is to manage and host data between two or more locations such as between offices and data centers.

It is a all-in-one platform which caters for virtualization, WAN optimization, integrated security and data management.

This is coined as Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software.

3.) Case study

Vollrath, a SimpliVity customer, saved up to $30K/year for remote data center support by deduplicating, compressing, and optimizing data inline over the WAN.

Vollrath was able to move an 80GB server over their T1 line in Wisconsin and back it up in their New York office using less than 1% of the pipe in under 15 minutes

4.) Use Cases:
  1. Data Center Consolidation
  2. Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) and Multisite Central Management Projects
  3. All-in-one IT modernization projects for broad sets of applications, including mission-critical applications
  4. Backup and disaster recovery projects
  5. VDI initiatives
  6. Technology refresh projects
  7. Data migration, as well as merger and acquisition projects
  8. Development, test, and QA projects

5.) Partnership with Lenovo System x Servers

The OmniStack Solution with Lenovo System x3650 M5 converges all IT infrastructure below the hypervisor into 2U building blocks on Lenovo servers. The solution assimilates eight to twelve core data center functions including the hypervisor, compute, storage, network switching, backup, replication, cloud gateway, caching, WAN optimization, real-time deduplication, and more.

With three-fold TCO reduction, the OmniStack Integrated Solution with Lenovo System x servers delivers the best of both worlds-the enterprise-class performance, protection, and resiliency that today’s organizations require, with the cloud economics businesses demand-for single site businesses to large-scale, multi-site Global 2000 enterprises.

6.) Omnistack 3.0

On Aug 27, 2015, Simplivity announced the Omnistack 3.0, the third-generation hyperconverged infrastructure software since its founding.