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Pivot3 is First to Deploy Hyper-Convergence on Dell PowerEdge FX2

Pivot3, a pioneer and innovator in the development of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), today announced the availability of its Global Hyper-Converged Infrastructure software on Dell’s PowerEdge FX2 servers. The new platform delivers exceptional hyper-converged performance in a very dense form factor by combining the storage efficiency of Pivot3’s patented HCI technology with the physical density of Dell’s PowerEdge FX2 servers.

The combined platform leverages the storage efficiency made uniquely possible by Pivot3’s patented Scalar Erasure Coding, which eliminates wasteful replication as a data protection methodology, to make available up to 94 percent of raw flash storage capacity. The cross-cluster virtual storage area network (SAN) preserves performance for running customer workloads by using only seven percent of compute power and yielding 320,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) per 2U enclosure.

With Pivot3 HCI layered upon Dell’s PowerEdge FX2 servers, customers get a hyper-converged system that features density similar to that of the standard 16-blade chassis, but with the granularity of rack-mount servers.

Flash drives deliver high IOPS performance but remain premium-priced and limited in number when deployed within very dense servers. This makes using a replication-based hyper-converged solution in a high density environment financially prohibitive because of the low useable storage capacity it yields and high resulting cost per terabyte stored when using flash drives.

“This is a completely new approach to data center infrastructure,” said Ron Nash, CEO of Pivot3. “With most bare metal infrastructure solutions, the data is protected by replication, which is nearly impossible to do for most applications on dense nodes since they have such limited storage. Adding our Scalar Erasure Coding technology is the unique element here that allows customers to effectively use a far higher percentage of raw storage capacity.”

The platform based on Pivot3’s HCI software and Dell’s PowerEdge FX2 servers can be combined with Pivot3’s standard rack-mounted all-flash HCI nodes to achieve the optimal balance of performance, density and capacity to flexibly match the needs of any workload. Four PowerEdge FX2 enclosures with Pivot3 HCI software constitute a 4x4 Scalar Erasure Coding Protection Group that can be scaled-out linearly without limitations.

“Storage space is at a premium, and businesses are looking for inexpensive ways to maximize the amount of flash storage and IOPS available for workloads,” said Ron Pugh, executive director, general manager, Dell OEM Solutions. “Dell’s FX2 platform combined with Pivot3’s hyper-converged capabilities is an economically viable and secure solution that enables customers to maximize performance and meet significant workload demands.”

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Published Monday, August 31, 2015 6:38 PM by David Marshall
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