SimpiVity announced the general availability of version 3.5 of the OmniStack operating system. What’s noteworthy about this release is that it incorporates several new features which help enhance the performance and availability of mission-critical applications, like Oracle, SQL and SAP on SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure.
Many IT planners equate hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) as a platform that is best suited for tier-2 application workloads — like virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), end-user file sharing applications and test and development environments. This may have been true when HCI was in its infancy; however, many businesses are starting to leverage HCI for their mission-critical applications as well.
Since maintaining consistent application performance is critically important for supporting core business applications, SimpliVity released Intelligent Workload Optimizer (IWO) with OmniStack version 3.5. IWO integrates directly with VMware’s Distributed Resource Scheduled (DRS) to balance critical application workload performance in vSphere environments. SimpliVity claims that in highly dynamic VM environments, IWO can flatten out performance curves and deliver more consistent and predictable performance.
In addition to IWO, OmniStack 3.5 provides the ability to deploy SimpiVity HCI as a multi-node stretch cluster — either within the four walls of the data center, across a campus environment or within a metro-geography. This means that businesses can run their critical application workloads on SimpliVity clustered nodes and have the confidence that they can consistently meet their recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPO/RTO).
When Microsoft releases Windows Server 2016 later this year, businesses will also be able deploy Hyper-V into SimpliVity HCI environments. This will provide organizations with a way to deploy a range of hypervisors (vSphere, KVM and Hyper-V) and run them in a dedicated or a mixed environment.
The release of 3.5 also provides a REST API so that third-party and customer-specific (home-grown) applications can directly integrate with SimpliVity nodes. In addition to providing a simple way for third-party tools (like backup applications) to retrieve copies of backup information, this REST API could be useful for those businesses moving towards a more integrated application development and IT operations environment (DevOps). For example, this REST API could be leveraged to integrate popular IT infrastructure automation tools, like Chef, Puppet, and Ansible with the OmniStack platform. Developers would benefit through the increased automation of VM provisioning with all the development tools (Python, Node.JS, etc.) required to support agile application development and deployment.
ESG research reflects the belief that many IT planners still hold that their mission-critical applications, like SAP, Oracle, and SQL applications, still need to reside on dedicated server and “big iron” storage infrastructure that is clustered and replicated for high availability. Now that some hyperconverged vendors, like SimpliVity, however, are beginning to layer in technologies that help ensure application performance for tier-1 enterprise workloads, while also providing for high availability, it is feasible for businesses to consider hyperconverged solutions as a cost-effective, consolidated platform for hosting all their data center workloads.