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Maxta Provides First Hyper-Converged Solution Certified for Cisco UCS Server Platform Supporting Metro Distances

Maxta, a leading provider of hyper-converged and software-defined storage solutions, today announced that it is the first Cisco certified hyper-converged solution to run on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) C-Series Rack-Mount systems and also support clusters spanning metro distances.

The Maxta MxSPTM Storage Platform with UCS Rack-Mount servers provides a cost-effective yet powerful solution that provides the simplicity of VM-centric management, scale-up, scale-out, the ability to independently scale compute and storage, along with a full suite of enterprise-class data services.  Additionally, MaxDeploy reference architecture testing has been completed and has been certified by Cisco as a fully tested and pre-validated solution that delivers high performance and scalability for a range of virtualized workloads. 

Metro cluster takes high availability one-step further than local replication, RAID and/or software mirroring. Found traditionally in storage arrays, metro cluster enables business continuity in the event of a complete site failure by replicating data across data centers vs. servers. Maxta metro cluster with the Cisco UCS C240 M3 is the first hyper-converged solution for Cisco servers to replicate across metro distances from a few hundred meters up to 500 kilometers.

The addition of this functionality now enables leveraging Cisco UCS servers for hyper-converged solutions hosting mission critical data. Pre-configured and pre-tested solutions are a critical part of many organizations' evaluation processes. (See recent Hyper-convergence State of the Market Survey.) MaxDeploy reference architecture testing and Cisco IVT testing provides organizations with the predictability of performance and peace of mind to hyper-converge and run mission critical applications on Cisco UCS systems. 

Integrated Solution Information:


  • MaxDeploy reference architecture tested with 4 Cisco UCS C240 M3 Systems with 2 Socket 4 cores (Intel Xeon® CPU E5-2643 @ 3.30GHz)
  • MxSP Storage Platform achieved Cisco compatibility certification with Rack Mounts (C-series) UCSM 2.2.1
  • Support for VMware Stretch Storage Metro Cluster for continuous availability in case of site, data center, or rack failure in vSphere environments
  • Resiliency and High Availability with local mirroring and replication across local and metro distances
  • Provides VM-centric enterprise-class reliability and data services
  • Cost-effectively scales up VM performance and VM density for more and larger VM workloads 
  • Seamlessly integrates with VMware environments supporting vMotion, Storage vMotion, HA and Dynamic Resource Scheduler (DRS)
  • Dramatically simplifies IT by eliminating the need for storage arrays, storage networking and storage management
  • 50,000+ IOPS in a 4 server cluster, leveraging server attached SSD and HDD resources
  • Provides 3X savings over traditional converged infrastructure configurations

Availability and Pricing

MaxDeploy Running on Cisco UCS C240 is available immediately. Pricing starts at MSRP $39,000.

Published Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:41 PM by David Marshall
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