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Hyperconvergence for DevOps


DevOps needs reliable, cost-effective infrastructure it can manage on its own.

DevOps teams need agility as they cycle through projects and code reviews quickly. The underlying infrastructure has to support this breakneck pace of change, but traditional storage has trouble keeping pace. Even in heavily virtualized environments. DevOps teams end up wasting time waiting for storage to be provisioned.

Maxta Hyperconvergence Software collapses three tiers of infrastructure – compute, storage and networking – into one, giving DevOps the agile infrastructure they need. DevOps teams never need to wait for storage to be provisioned, and can easily manage the infrastructure themselves. Maxta runs on industry-standard servers, so you can use almost any server brand or even repurpose existing servers.

 

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The Challenge

Server virtualization has provided significant benefits by dramatically simplifying provisioning and management for compute resources. It has provided the ability for test and development teams to self-deploy virtual machines but deploying storage for these virtual machines is still a complex process and further needs co-ordination with storage administrators limiting the test and development teams to take full advantage of server virtualization. Having point-in-time copies of latest production data for testing and development is crucial to accelerate time to market of applications. Additionally having the ability to manage these point-in-time copies by the test and development team is vital to enhancing their productivity. The key storage challenges faced by test and development teams are:

  • Provide a storage solution that is simple to manage and can be managed by the engineering team
  • The storage solution that provides the ability to create point-in-time and fully functional copies of production data for all the team members
  • Minimize CAPEX and OPEX

The Solution

Maxta has developed a ground breaking, highly resilient, scalable distributed Software-Defined VM Storage platform (MxSP) that enables IT to fully realize the vision of the virtual data center. The innovative, peer to peer architecture aggregates storage resources from multiple standard servers, assimilating a global namespace and all the storage functionalities for leveraging the benefits of server virtualization. MxSP delivers the storage needs of even the most demanding test and development environments by reducing complexity and improving productivity, time to market of applications and storage cost. By eliminating storage provisioning and storage management, MxSP provides the ability for development and test teams to self-deploy virtual machines and associated storage. Empowering complete end-to-end provisioning and management from the virtualization user interface minimizes errors, improves productivity and time to market of applications. The utilization of capacity and time efficient Snapshot and Clones improve productivity even further. MxSP’s capacity optimization features such as thin provisioning, in-line compression, and in-line de-duplication improve storage efficiency. Combining storage efficiency with the utilization of standard components and the elimination of storage arrays enable a very cost efficient solution.

  • Eliminate Storage Management
  • Enterprise-class data services
  • Maximize savings

From Zero to VMs in 15 Minutes
Deploy Infrastructure Quickly for New Project

With Maxta Hyperconvergence Software, you can get remote and branch office infrastructure up and running quickly, without the headaches traditional storage.

Choose from Maxta software you install on your own servers or buy pre-configured systems with Maxta software ready to go. You don’t need IT staff on-site. Just have the local office manager plug it in. From there, you can connect it to your virtualization environment – either VMware vSphere or Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization – and start deploying VMs.

Focus on Software, Not Storage
Never Wait for Storage To Be Provisioned

Why waste your time provisioning and managing infrastructure?

Maxta is a VM-centric platform. Everything is managed at the VM level so you don’t have to worry about managing infrastructure separately. With Maxta, you can optimize performance and availability on a per-application basis, run mixed workloads on the same cluster without sacrificing performance. That lets you focus on doing what DevOps does best – building great software.

Choose Your Hardware and Hypervisor
Use Cost-Effective Industry Servers

DevOps teams shouldn’t have to worry about proprietary storage arrays or appliances.

Maxta works with over seven major server vendors, including Cisco, Dell-EMC, HP Enterprise, Huawei, Lenovo, Quanta, Super Micro, and more. You can choose from pre-configured, pre-validated solutions with Maxta pre-installed, buy your own hardware, or even use existing server hardware. Maxta supports VMware vSphere and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization platforms and gives you the ability migrate VMs seamlessly between them.

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…Or Use Your Own Hardware
Repurpose Servers From The Last Project

Why wait for new hardware when it’s easy to use what you have?

Sometimes, it just makes sense to use the servers that are sitting in the lab from a project that just wrapped up. With traditional storage or appliances, that hardware often goes unused. With Maxta, it’s easy to redeploy existing hardware and get to work. That saves the team money and time since you don’t have to wait for new servers to arrive.

Freedom from the VMware Tax
Seamless Migration from VMWARE to Red Hat

Why pay for software licenses you don’t need?

Maxta frees DevOps to use Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization with the ability to move some or all virtual machines to a fully-supported, but still truly open source virtualization solution. That helps you reduce or eliminate the VMware tax by choosing the hypervisor that best fits your needs. Maxta is the only hyperconverged solution in the market that supports VMware and Red Hat Virtualization.

Advantages for DevOps

Deploy Project Infrastructure in Minutes

Get projects going right away with dramatically simpler infrastructure provisioning.

No Storage Degree Required

Maxta Hyperconvergence Software is designed for IT generalists, so you don’t need to be a storage expert to use it.

Choose Your Hardware & Hypervisor

Use your brand of x86 server with the flexibility to run different hardware and multiple hypervisors on a single platform.

Focus on Writing Software, Not Managing Infrastructure

Never worry again about configuring, tuning and re-configuring servers, storage, and networking.

Use Your Existing Hardware

Why buy new hardware for projects if you don’t have to? Use your existing servers to run hyperconvergence.

Never Overprovision Compute or Storage

Scale compute and storage separately by adding disk, memory, or CPU to existing nodes, add new nodes as you need them.

No Refresh Tax

Only pay for software once with a perpetual or subscription license – not every time you refresh hardware.

No Upgrade Tax

Add capacity to a node, add a node, or add compute only nodes – without appliance or storage vendor markups.

Documentation:

Download the Maxta Test and Development Solution Brief (.PDF)

 

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