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A No-Nonsense Approach to Hyperconvergence

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2015 Interop Las Vegas

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A No-Nonsense Approach to Hyperconvergence

  1. 1. A No-Nonsense Approach to Hyper- Convergence
  2. 2. Howdy • VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) #104 – Data Center and Network Virtualization • Tech, Lab, Certs, Reviews, Videos – WahlNetwork.com • Pluralsight Author – Upgrading your vSphere Environment – CCNA Data Center – vCloud Director
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  4. 4. No Nonsense Cash in your Schrute Bucks now
  5. 5. Agenda • Hyper-Converged Architecture – Discuss vendor models & approaches • Data Center Integration – Pressure points – Deployment triggers • Culture and Skill-Set Shifts – Who’s going to manage this thing?
  6. 6. Hyper-Converged Architecture
  7. 7. Ecosystem is Crowded Pure Software Plays • Maxta Virtual SAN • Yottabyte yCenter & yStor • VMware Virtual SAN • Datacore SANsymphony-V • Stratoscale • Springpath Hardware + Software Plays • Nutanix – Dell XC Series Appliance • SimpliVity OmniCube – Cisco OmniStack • Scale Computing HC3 • EMC VSPEX Blue • VMware EVO Rail • Pivot3
  8. 8. HCI Startups Sticking to their guns
  9. 9. Vendors Gonna Hate Current state of the Hyper-Converged market space (fighting over $6 billion market)
  10. 10. Market Leaders Nutanix and Simplivity are the major incumbents in the data center / enterprise class HCI space. Nutanix o Founded in 2009 o Started shipping in 2011 o 5 rounds / 9 investors o 312.2 MM in investments SimpliVity o Founded in 2009 o Started shipping in 2013 o 5 rounds / 7 investors o 276.5 MM in investments
  11. 11. Let’s Get Under the Hood How do you turn DAS into a Virtual SAN?
  12. 12. VMs Guest VMs Storage Capacity Drives Hypervisor Hypervisor Node 1 Flash Drives Node 2 Node n Guest VMs Capacity Drives Hypervisor Flash Drives Guest VMs Capacity Drives Hypervisor Flash Drives
  13. 13. VMs Guest VMs HCIOSStorage Capacity Drives Hypervisor Hypervisor Node 1 Controller VM Flash Drives Distributed Operating System Scale-Out Shared Storage via Software Guest VMs Capacity Drives Hypervisor Node 2 Controller VM Flash Drives Guest VMs Capacity Drives Hypervisor Node n Controller VM Flash Drives
  14. 14. VMs Guest VMs HCIOSStorage Capacity Drives Hypervisor Hypervisor Node 1 Flash Drives Distributed Operating System Scale-Out Shared Storage via Software Capacity Drives Node 2 Flash Drives Capacity Drives Node n Flash Drives Kernel Driver Guest VMs Hypervisor Kernel Driver Guest VMs Hypervisor Kernel Driver
  15. 15. 2U Building Block (4 Nodes)
  16. 16. Components Discrete • Compute – CPU – RAM • Networking – 2+ 10 GbE – Optional 1 GbE • Hypervisor Shared • Disk (Flash/Capacity) – Via software clustering • Power Supplies – Redundant • Management Plane
  17. 17. Data Center Integration
  18. 18. Design, Deploy, Consume • Design considerations – Storage or compute heavy? – Redundancy: N+1, N+2, 4N (Block), Rack? – Typical sizing + growth + workload types • Deployment – Usually takes longer to remove from box – Often 4 hours from shipping dock to usable cluster(s)
  19. 19. Hypervisor Perspective • Hypervisor sees the scale-out storage pool • Leverage Intel VT-d for Direct I/O – Storage devices are passed through to SDS stack • Examples: – Nutanix CVM virtual controller – SimpliVity OmniStack virtual controller
  20. 20. Value from the Software Goodies Operations • Full stack patch, driver, firmware, and version control • Abstraction from archaic resource control (LUNs, volumes) • Accelerated feature adoption rate - it’s software! Financials • Iterative growth patterns • Linear scale of the “food groups” (this is good & bad) • Depreciating assets are also providing immediate value • Higher VAR margins, but on lower CapEx and rarely requires services
  21. 21. Culture and Skill Sets
  22. 22. Why is Hyper-Converged So Attractive? • IT has been given some serious black eyes – Large outsourcing movements to MSPs in the mid 2000’s – Followed by messy insourcing movements • Technology disconnect – Viewed as a cost center, under staffed to be super agile • Users have freedom of choice – Our iron fist of control has evaporated. Thanks, Amazon!
  23. 23. Managed Services They eat a lot of your lunch
  24. 24. Managed Service Providers (MSP)  Method for offloading the “engineering” day-to-day tasks to 3rd party  Adds to days needed to deliver services  Adds complexity across workflows  Reduces flexibility in tools and processes
  25. 25. How HCI Helps vs MSP  HCI stack manages majority of day-to-day tasks  Offload firmware, patching, and even OS versions to HCI  RESTful APIs make building workflows simple and flexible
  26. 26. We’re Not An “IT Business”  Transforming IT from a cost center to a competitive advantage  Highly automated and self-healing infrastructure  Doing vastly more with significantly less
  27. 27. How HCI Helps vs “I’m a Cost Center”  Offload vast majority of infrastructure headache  Focus on building service catalog  Focus on building orchestrated workflows  Add value to services
  28. 28. If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
  29. 29. Additional Resources Visit WahlNetwork.com for Deep Dives, Home Lab Tips, Reviews, and More! Check out “Networking for VMware Administrators” by VMware Press Over 30 hours of my video training content is on Pluralsight.com Nearly 100 free HD videos on the WahlNetwork YouTube Channel

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