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Maxta 2015 Predictions - OpenStack will Solidify Hyper-convergence


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Contributed article by Yoram Novick, Founder, President and CEO Maxta Inc.

OpenStack will Solidify Hyper-convergence

Integrated Systems continued to gain traction and mindshare during 2014. Integrated Systems address the complexity and cost issues associated with building clouds and data centers to serve the needs of current applications. The Integrated Systems market is dominated these days by Converged Systems that integrate independently developed compute, storage and networking products into a single solution simplifying purchasing and deployment. These solutions simplify various aspects of IT albeit not addressing all aspects of complexity and cost.  

An alternative approach to Converged Systems is Hyper-Convergence. Hyper-Convergence is a deeper form of convergence, leveraging a single hardware platform, namely x86 servers. Compute, storage and networking services are implemented in software running on top of a cluster of x86 servers. The main advantages of Hyper-Convergence versus Convergence are higher levels of scalability and agility as well as lower acquisition cost.

Traditionally, cloud and data centers built with Integrated Systems had limited scalability due to the limitations of legacy cloud orchestration software. Therefore, the advantages of Hyper-Convergence couldn't be realized. On the other hand, the maturity and evolutionary nature of Converged Systems were highly valued by customers.

My prediction is that in 2015 OpenStack is going to dramatically change the Integrated System landscape. OpenStack gained significant traction in 2014 and is becoming a major platform for establishing clouds and data centers. The advantages of OpenStack are openness and higher levels of scalability and agility that address the needs of many applications. Existing Converged Systems are based on closed cloud orchestration software and thus don't provide the openness and choice that customers expect. Retrofitting Converged Systems to leverage OpenStack is not trivial and cannot meet the scalability and agility levels of Hyper-Convergence.

Hyper-convergence, on the other hand, provides a better fit for OpenStack, supporting higher levels of scalability and agility. Initially, OpenStack is expected to gain adoption at managed service providers, cloud service providers, and large enterprises that have the staff and expertise to leverage the benefits and value of OpenStack. Over time, as the OpenStack user base grows, and the eco-system solidifies and simplifies OpenStack deployments, more enterprises as well as SMBs will leverage it too.

My prediction is that during 2015 the leading OpenStack distributions will certify and support Hyper-Convergence solutions that are based on KVM and Linux Containers with support for high availability and data availability thus making Hyper-Convergence the leading form of Integrated Systems for OpenStack.


Yoram Novick, Founder, President and CEO Maxta Inc.

With a proven track record of building successful startups, and deep expertise in enterprise systems, storage, and software, Yoram drives Maxta's vision and strategy. Prior to founding Maxta, he founded Topio, known for its data replication and recovery prowess, and led the company as its CEO from inception until it was acquired by NetApp. Following the Topio acquisition, he served as Vice President and General Manager of NetApp's Data Replication Business Unit. Prior to Topio, Yoram spent 13 years at IBM in storage research and development capacities. He holds 25 patents in the systems and storage domains and sits on several boards of directors, guiding other entrepreneurial tech companies along their own paths to market success. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in computer science from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, both Summa CumLaude. 
Published Monday, January 05, 2015 12:35 PM by David Marshall
@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:56 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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