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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Converged Data Center and Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) . . . . . . . . . . 1
Chapter 1: Benefits of Data Center Convergence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Chapter 2: Converged Infrastructure Use Cases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Chapter 3: Converged Infrastructure Architectures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Chapter 4: Market Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Featured Converged Infrastructure

Juniper Networks, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Featured White Box and Supporting Applications


Big Switch Networks, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Pluribus Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Converged Infrastructure

Cisco Systems, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Dell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Ericsson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Fujitsu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

IBM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Lenovo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
NetApp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Nimboxx, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Oracle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Pure Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

SolidFire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Tegile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
VCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Converged Compute & Storage

Atlantis Computing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Data Gravity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Gridstore, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Nexenta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Nimble Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Nutanix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Pivot3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Scale Computing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Silicon Graphics International Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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SimpliVity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Skyport Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Super Micro Computer Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Teradata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
VMware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
White Boxes & Supporting Applications
Arkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Cumulus Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Pica8, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

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Introduction: The Converged Data Center and Hyper Converged


Infrastructure (HCI)
The disaggregation of software and hardware is driving the emergence of new data center architectures built
on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) or near-COTS hardware that converges the functions of traditional data
centers into a single, converged infrastructure. This converged infrastructure pools compute, network and
storage resources to simplify management and make it easier to scale up/down, move and share resources to
better support fluctuating demands, optimize utilization and reduce overall costs.
In theory, a converged or hyper converged data center sounds great, but what does it really look like in
practice? This report is designed to pull back the covers of the converged data center and describe its state
today, with some assumptions and predictions of where it might go in the future. The report will cover:
What is driving the need for converged and hyper converged data centers
Emerging use cases and deployment scenarios
Major organizations and influencers critical to the development of next-generation data center infrastructure
SDxCentrals taxonomy of converged and hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) solution providers and their
role in the ecosystem, categorized accordingly
List of key leading converged infrastructure vendors per category, their products, and best fit use cases
How software-defined networking and storage tools are being integrated with server hardware to build
converged systems
The report also includes the results from the 2016 Converged Data Center Survey. The SDxCentral Research
Team surveyed the SDxCentral community to better understand if and how converged data center solutions
are being deployed today. SDxCentral Survey ran on the SDxCentral site, January 28 February 8, 2016. 91
people responded: 22% self-identified themselves as service providers, 36% as large enterprises, 42% as
small-medium businesses.
For the purposes of the survey, a converged data center solution was defined as a hardware platform that
integrates compute, network, and storage functionality, at capacity and performance-levels required to support
the scale of a data center.
We hope you find the Report informative, providing a snapshot of what is happening today in the market and
whats to come. If you have questions, comments or feedback, we would love to hear it. Please reach out to
research@sdxcentral.com.

Chapter 1: Benefits of Data Center Convergence


The three components of IT infrastructure have traditionally been compute, storage, and networking. The move
toward, open, software-defined everything (SDx) infrastructure has enabled all these functions to be placed on
COTS hardware, creating strong drivers for convergence.
The emergence of the SDx market means that more functions can be controlled by software regardless of the
type of hardware function. Powerful COTS platforms for compute, storage, and networking enables these
functions to be controlled, integrated, and managed from a central software management layer.

COTS Diminishes Need for Proprietary Systems


The trend toward COTS diminishes the need for proprietary systems. A reliance on closed, proprietary hardware
stifles innovation and adds unnecessary costs and complexity to the infrastructure. As a result, we have seen
storage, compute and networking functions all start to be abstracted the value of these solutions is moving
into software that can run on any commodity x86 server components. In some converged solutions, vendors take
COTS systems and add their own differentiators, such as hardware acceleration for specific functions in storage

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(de-dup, compression) or networking. Regardless, the primarily value-add is always sophisticated software.
The adoption of platforms/architectures, such as hypervisors, software-defined networks (SDN), and network
functions virtualization (NFV) can result in more open, flexible, cost-effective and scalable environments. It no
longer makes sense to have a wide range of proprietary, specialized systems, when you can build virtualized
platforms that can connect with a software-defined infrastructure. It also no longer makes sense to keep all
these functions separate enter convergence, a.k.a. hyper convergence.

Trends in Convergence
Our research has revealed consistent trends in convergence in the data center, revealing common drivers.
By consolidating all this software on a single, open, commodity server platform, organizations can:
Simplify the Infrastructure reducing not only the number of hardware appliances, but also the number of
software platforms needed.
Scale out the Infrastructure adding components in a modular fashion, which can be plugged into the system,
orchestrated and configured using software-defined management.
Improve the performance of key applications coordinating all the resources necessary to maximize the
availability and performance of Tier 1 applications throughout the environment.
Maximize the Return on Investment (ROI) of the Infrastructure ensuring optimal resource utilization and
minimizing capital outlays.

Overall Cost and Management Benefits


The increased use of industry-standard COTS hardware coupled with robust software management platforms
to build the SDx infrastructure has many perceived benefits to users. Based on primary research, including
interviews with industry experts and our own users survey, the primary benefits of a converged data center
architecture include the following:
Lower costs requiring less
hardware to purchase (CAPEX),
since storage, network, and compute
resources are combined in a single
appliance, and reduced operational
costs (OPEX), due to less real estate,
power and cooling consumption.
Increased flexibility enabling pools
of resources to be quickly deployed
or moved to where they are needed.
Simplified management providing
a centralized view (single pane of
glass) into the infrastructure, which
makes it easier to roll out,
orchestrate and automate functions
to meet changing requirements.
In the minds of the IT professionals
considering and working with
converged data center solutions,
however, the benefits are not so cut
and dry. The responses of participants
in the SDxCentral survey were varied.

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Other 2%
No Benefits 3%
Visibility 3%
Orchestration 4%

Capital
Capital
Cost
Cost
Savings
Savings
20%

20%

Automation

Automation
9%
9%

Centralization

Flexibility
Flexibility
18%

Centralization
11%
11%

Scalability

Scalability
13%
13%

18%

Operational
Operational
Cost
Savings
Cost17%
Savings

17%

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When asked what they felt was the primary benefit, nothing stood out, which means either the value of converged
solutions is still not clear or IT professionals see a lot of different ways they can benefit from these solutions.
Capital Cost Savings received one-fifth of the vote (20%), Flexibility was identified by 18% as the primary
benefit, followed by Operational Cost Savings at 17%.

Convergence: Important and Mission Critical


Feedback from users indicates there is high demand for converged data center solutions to solve basic
problems. Users also cite a mixture of the top drivers for converged systems, include optimizing resource
allocation and accelerating the roll out of new functionality.
Seventy percent of respondents to the SDxCentral Survey on Converged Data Center Infrastructure ranked the
importance of finding a converged data center solution in the next 25 years as Important or Mission critical
(Need a Solution ASAP).
The drivers for this move are a little more mixed: 49% of respondents chose Optimizing Resource Utilization as
the biggest business driver for implementing a converged data center infrastructure; while 48% picked
Accelerating the Roll Out of New Functionality; Reducing Costs and Improving Operational Efficiencies each
got 42% of the vote; while Scaling Deployments received 38%.

Business Drivers for Implementing converged dc solutions

49%
48%

38%
13%
4%

Optimizing Resource Utilization


Accelerating the Roll Out of New Functionality

42%

Improving Operational Efficiencies

42%

Reducing Costs

Scaling Deployments

Preventing IT Sprawl

Dont See Advantages

1% Other

20%

40%

60%

80%

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When asked what the most important attributes organizations were looking for in their converged data center
solutions (they could pick two), the majority of respondents (55%) replied Automation & Orchestration. A
solution that could Lower Capital Costs was chosen by 35% of survey participants, while Interoperability with
Other Virtualized Systems was cited by 30% as a critical attribute.

Critical Attributes of a Converged Infrastructure

55%
35%
30%
22%

4%

Automation & Orchestration

Low Capital Costs

Interoperability w/ Other Virtualized Systems

Ease of Use

14%

Data Protection and Security Features

14%

Robust Networking Features

10%

Computing Power

10%

Energy Efficiency

Robust Storage Features


2% Auditability & Reporting

20%

40%

60%

80%

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Chapter 2: Converged Infrastructure Use Cases


The need to better manage hybrid cloud environments, upgrade the existing infrastructure, or optimize the
delivery of business critical applications has created many converged infrastructure use cases. Customers looking
to consolidate data center resources, cut costs, and improve data protection are turning to convergence and
hyper convergence as a critical tool.
Some of the most common use cases for a converged infrastructure include:

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Foundation for Cloud Data Centers and Hybrid Cloud


A foundational infrastructure that can be used to implement private, public, and hybrid clouds is very important.
Both enterprises and services providers are revamping existing data centers through the use of cloud
architectures and all new data center build-outs conform to cloud architecture models.
HCI provides a natural hardware foundation on which to build out clouds. The concept of stacking yet another
Lego brick when more capacity is needed without worrying excessively about the nature of coupling and
interactions between compute, storage and networking frees data center operators from focusing more of their
energies on other more pressing problems like automation and disaster planning.
And with the current move towards hybrid clouds for maximal flexibility and scalability, using converged
infrastructure in private clouds provides a path towards effective hybrid cloud roll-out. The key is ensuring
the converged infrastructure vendor can integrate with the service provider partners the organization wants
to implement.
With a solution that can work with a broad set of service provider partners, organizations can build a cloud
strategy to fit any and all of their requirements, in a way that is simple to deploy, manage and maintain. In
addition, organizations look for automation capabilities, such as Ciscos UCS Director and VMwares vRealize
Automation, that can support the self-provisioning and orchestration of workloads across cloud environments.

Data Center Consolidation


Data center consolidation has become a prime attraction to converged infrastructure. IT managers are looking
to reign in appliance sprawl and ensure optimal resource utilization with a single, consolidated infrastructure
that can be easily managed and scaled.
Data center consolidation also means resources can be deployed to enable organizations to accelerate time to
business value, by unifying resource silos into adaptive pools of assets that can be shared by many and
managed as an overall service.
There are a lot of claims around the benefits of a converged data center solution:
Cisco claims UCS customers benefit from a 86% reduction in provisioning times, 77% reduction in cabling,
74% reduction in ongoing management costs, and 53% reduction in power and cooling costs.
HPE claims its ConvergedSystem 700 requires 50% fewer management tools, takes 96% less server
configuration time, and results in a 217% reduction in staffing costs versus the competition.
SimpliVitys Omnicube claims to deliver data center consolidation at a 3x total cost of ownership savings.
Nutanix claims a webscale Converged Infrastructure that is 100% software-defined and can deliver up to 8x
faster time to value.

Integrated Data Protection


In many cases, it makes sense to integrate storage hardware and software with the compute and networking
functions in the data center. The most obvious benefit is centralized management of the backup policies
for systems.
By consistently enforcing policies around the frequency of backups, retention time and storage location
(including local and off-site copies), managers can ensure data on multiple virtual machines remains available
in the event of a disaster.
Some of the hyper converged players, such as SimpliVity, say that bandwidth and storage needs can be
reduced by sharing data in a de-duplicated compressed and optimized state and by managing the entire
lifecycle of the data.

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Optimizing Workloads and Applications


Converged systems can provide centralized visibility and management of workloads to ensure Tier 1
applications can be prioritized for optimum availability. Resources may need to be moved or allocated to meet
spikes in demand for different applications.
In a software-defined infrastructure environment, the data, metadata, and operations of a system are often
distributed across the pool of resources. A big advantage of this distribution is that data and workloads can be
moved around to remove any bottlenecks or choke points. Overall performance and capacity can be easily
scaled out, by adding additional units, as needed.
Some vendors offer dedicated units of resources to support those applications that have a lot of storage
performance demands, such as a virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI). These units set aside CPU and disc
capacity that can be called upon to support the application. For those applications that may need to scale at an
accelerated pace, units may be too restrictive, requiring a hyper-converged infrastructure that can support
clusters of servers.
When asked if there were any workloads or use cases that were not a fit for a converged data center
infrastructure, 98% of respondents to SDxCentrals Converged Data Center Infrastructure survey said No. VDI
is often cited as a workload that can greatly benefit from a converged infrastructure.
The drive to run Microsoft business applications more effectively is also a key driver for convergence. One
survey by converged systems startup SimpliVity indicated that the top applications production workloads of
their users include Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, VDI, and industry-specific
applications (E.g. legal, healthcare, CAD, CAM) system.

Chapter 3: Converged Infrastructure Architectures


As it turns out, there isnt a single converged solution architecture, but many different approaches to convergence
and hyper convergence. Convergence across the the SDx infrastructure is happening across many different
vectors, with individual applications optimized for a unique mix of networking, storage, and compute functionality.
For example, a hyperscale Web platform might be focused on serving messaging, video, and content. A service
provider hosting business applications may have different needs. Webscale platforms have more traffic internal
to their data center, giving them unique intra-datacenter networking requirements (more on that in sections
about Facebook and Google below).
Lets look at some of the detailed architectures proposed by the converged infrastructure players and webscale
players, as well as where deployment is happening.

Architectural Variations of Converged Data Center Solutions


The future converged data center will include a wide range of physical infrastructure including converged
appliances, new classes of servers, and storage and networking equipment. The value is in the software running
and managing this collection of COTS or near-COTS hardware.
Its best to look at a converged solution as a basket of different hardware functions supported by software
management. Converged data center infrastructure solutions are typically sold as an integrated offering that
consists of the following components:
Server Functionality
Networking Functionality
Storage Functionality
Management Software

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The capabilities of each of these components varies based on the vendor and their approach to the market. This
explains the varying terminology ranging from semi-converged to hyper converged as vendors make decisions
about how much functionality to pack into one product offering.
Although the terms hyper converged and HCI have been broadly applied to many categories of solutions,
convergence is in fact a spectrum of integrated capabilities in different combinations. We see them broken
down into these combinations:
1. Converged Infrastructure (compute, storage, and networking) Designed to deliver a shared
infrastructure for server, storage, and network functionality. Examples include Cisco UCS, VCE Vblock, HPE
ConvergedSystem and Lenovo Converged System (formerly PureFlex). Can also be customized for a specific
vertical application (e.g. Oracle Exadata).
2. Converged Compute and Storage Software-driven solutions that use standard x86 COTS servers to
deliver compute and storage resources to replace regular storage area networks (SANs). Typically offer a
number of storage management functions as part of their centralized management capabilities. Examples
include Gridstore, Nimboxx, Nutanix, Pivot3, Scale Computing and SimpliVity. The industry often refers to
such solutions as hyper converged or HCI products. They rely on virtualization software to drive
convergence of commodity hardware.
3. White Boxes and Supporting Applications To interconnect multiple HCI nodes often requires newer and more
flexible approaches. Many webscale data centers end up using white boxes for their networking solutions. These
white boxes use merchant silicon coupled with COTS platform to bridge and connect converged systems. While
networking white boxes may not be full-blown HCI solutions today, they are an emerging category of networking
device that can also provide compute capabilities. Built on COTS hardware, they are designed to replace
proprietary gear for specific data center applications such as top of rack switching, analytics, message queuing
and routing and even some application caching and acceleration functions.

FaceBook, Open Compute Project and Webscale Architectures


Many of the large webscale players such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google have been instrumental in starting
many trends in converged and hyper converged infrastructure. With requirements to massively scale their data
centers very quickly, webscale players developed new architectures for networking, compute, and storage on
COTS hardware.
In 20102011, a group of Facebook engineers organized a movement to create specifications for massively
scalable, energy efficient data centers. Some of the engineering principles were used to build the massive
Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon. It resulted in Facebook building its own custom-designed servers,
power supplies, server racks, and battery backup systems. All of the projects were focused on energy efficiency.
Energy consumption can result in as much as 4050% of the cost of a data centers operations. Facebook said
the Prineville facility consumed 38% less energy than Facebooks previous facilities.
This initial engineering effort was expanded to become Open Compute Project (OCP), with a goal of creating
sustainable and energy-efficient specs for hardware and data center design, for everything from servers,
storage, and power supplies to mechanical systems. The specs are designed to be modular and scalable. This
follows the concept of data-center disaggregation the ability to build entire data centers based on open,
interchangeable parts. The advantage of such a vision is speed of development, growth, and agility. The
creation of standards helps suppliers lower costs by building standard parts with a single market in mind.
OCP is designed to make data center technologies open and more interoperable. It dovetails well with the SDx
movement, which aims to define a set of open standards for networking software that can be loaded onto
commodity hardware, a concept known in the industry as white boxes. Facebook says it has open-sourced
every major physical component of its data center stack. The company claims it has saved $2 billion in
infrastructure costs over last three years.

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Googles Influence on Converged Infrastructure


Google has been a leader in using COTS hardware and open source software to develop its own data center
infrastructure, which is often converged or hyper converged. The companys data and networking requirements
have scaled so rapidly that it has been forced to craft new architectures to handle the massive increase in
data needs.
Google has released information in snippets, including some of its code as open source. But recently, it has
become more transparent in detailing its technology development. At Sigcomm in August 2015, Google
published a paper revealing the most detailed description of its technology infrastructure, so far.
That paper includes these facts about data center demands:
Bandwidth demands in the data center are doubling every 12 to 15 months
Data-set sizes are continuing to explode with more photo/video content, logs, and the proliferation of
Internet-connected sensors
Web services can deliver higher-quality results by accessing more data on the critical path of individual requests
Co-resident applications often share substantial data with one another in the same cluster; consider index
generation, Web search, and serving ads
These characteristics require a data center that must scale faster than ever before. All along, Google has treated
its data center and network as one virtualized supercomputing platform that can be managed with central control.
Googles goal was not simply to rely on merchant silicon and commodity switching technology. It also wanted to
devise a more efficient design for data center traffic, which typically includes many data exchanges within the
data center, in an East-West pattern, rather than out of the data center, in a North-South pattern. Google
popularized the use of the CLOS network topology, which it said can scale to nearly arbitrary size by adding
switches in stages on a leaf/spine architecture (where top-of-rack switches aggregate traffic from a rack of
servers and feed it into a non-blocking group of spin switches). In doing so, Google threw traditional notions
out the window. Some of the common technologies you are hearing of now, including pervasive use of
containers and Kubernetes, originated in Google data centers.
Because of Googles continued influence on SDx infrastructure and open source, IT experts should follow
developments closely to gain insights into the evolution of the industry. Many of Googles developments can be
followed at the Google research blog.

Where to Plug it In?


Not everybody is Google, and many of the commercial converged infrastructure products on the market are
designed for those that who dont have the resources to build custom webscale center architectures and
software. There are a wide range of data center sizes, configurations, and needs that have a different
requirement for converged infrastructure.
In our user survey, we asked whether organizations had deployed some sort of converged data center solution
and where they deployed it. Not surprisingly, it turns out that it can be dependent on the size of the
organization. While 58% of the users surveyed had deployed a converged solution, the numbers went up with
the size of the organization. The larger the organization, the more likely they were to have deployed a
converged solution. Seventy-five percent of service providers (100% of those who identified themselves as
cloud service providers) and 66% of large enterprises had deployed some type of converged solution, while only
42% of small and medium businesses were using a converged data center solution. Only 42% of small and
medium businesses were using a converged data center solution.
When asked to indicate all potential environments in which their organization is deploying or plans to deploy
converged data center solutions, 55% of respondents identified their internal data centers; 50% their private

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clouds; 47% their hybrid clouds; and 25% their public cloud environments. Only 11% of respondents had no plans
to deploy converged solutions at all.

Converged Data Center Deployments


60

55%
50%

50

47%

40

30

25%
20

11%
10

0
Internal
Data Center

Private
Cloud

Hybrid
Cloud

Public
Cloud

Not
Planning

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Chapter 4: Market Landscape


If youre up for analyzing the competitive landscape and strategy of the many converged infrastructure and HCI
vendors, this market offers the worlds fair. Its a heated market with lots of growth and many companies
pursuing the customer demand.
Organizations have plenty of options as they look to trial and deploy converged solution, which include products
marketed by the worlds largest IT players. Many of the different vendors have subtle differences in their
approaches, with the technology architecture deriving from their original heritage and technology resources
(software, hardware, storage and management). In the end, what customers are looking for are technology
partners that can deliver a converged data center infrastructure in a more cost-effective package than it would
take to integrate the technology themselves.
Within converged infrastructures, there are differences in architectural solutions. For example, in storage, SAN vs
NAS battles still play out and difference in approaches between FCoE (fiber channel over Ethernet), iSCSI, FCoIP

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create different operational siloes. Some vendors preset the amount of storage and compute available, while others
allow customization of resource allocation. Organizations should look closely at a solutions capabilities to determine
which are best for their use cases and overall environment.
With the merger of Dell and EMC driving much of the dynamics in this market, 2016 will prove to be a crucial year.

A Look at Market Leaders and Partnerships


Below, we summarize the strategies of the largest positions, but first, it might be worth looking at which
organizations are perceived as leaders, according to our survey.
When asked in the SDxCentral Converged Infrastructure Survey, Which vendors of converged infrastructure
would or did you consider for your converged data center projects (check all that apply), Cisco (68%) and
VMware (58%) were the clear
leaders. EMC (25%), IBM (24%), and
CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE: VENDORS CONSIDERED
HPE (23%) were the only other
vendors that were cited by more
than a fifth of the participants.
68%

When it came time to trial different


vendors solutions, not surprisingly
Cisco was cited most often (44%),
followed by VMware (32%), IBM
(14%), EMC (13%), HPE (11%), VCE
(10%), and Dell (9%).

58%
25%

23%

A quick look at some of the market


leaders finds that many of them
have a long history in this market.
They may have found themselves
in the converged data center
infrastructure space out of
necessity, looking to extend and
enhance their offerings to meet
emerging data center requirements
and customer demands.

19%

7%

IBM
HPE

VCE

18%

Dell

13%

Huawei

13%

Nutanix

12%

Ericsson

12%

NetApp (w/Cisco)

10%

VMware

EMC

24%

However, when it comes to


deployments in production
networks, 48% of survey
respondents said they still hadnt
selected a solution. Of those that
had, 32% deployed Cisco, 22%
VMware, 10% IBM, 9% EMC, and 7%
chose Dell and Ericsson. The scale
of those deployments tends to be
between 1002000 nodes (36%),
with only 6% running deployments
with more than 10K nodes.

Cisco

Oracle
SimpliVity

4% Lenovo
3% Scale Computing
2% Arista
2% Fujitsu
2% Pluribus Networks

20%

40%

60%

80%

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Market Leaders: Converged and HCI Strategy


Cisco
Cisco was early in spotting the converged opportunity. Its Unified Computing System (UCS) has been in the
market since 2009. It uses Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), which enables storage and IP protocols to run
on a single cable transport and interface, to converge the traffic. With no native storage solutions, Cisco relies
on external partners, such as Hitachi, IBM and Nimble Storage to fill out the architecture. The UCS Manager is
the centralized control point for the converged resources, abstracting all the information from the UCS B-Series
blades and/or C-Series rack-mountable systems that are deployed.
Cisco was originally an active partner in the VCE coalition, but that is expected to diminish now that VCE has
been acquired by EMC/Dell. Cisco has worked to build out a robust ecosystem that can expand the capabilities
of UCS. In addition to the aforementioned storage vendors, Cisco has built traction with integrations with
NetApp and the FlexPod architecture. Cisco has started partnering with other HCI vendors, such as StorMagic,
ScaleIO, Maxta, SimpliVity and provides integration with VMware Virtual SAN (vSAN) to provide a HCI solution
hosted on UCS rack-optimized systems.
Cisco is one of the leaders in converged infrastructure deployments and has put together a smart and balanced
strategy for all the components. The only recurring concern is on storage resources, for which Cisco has relied
heavily on its partnership with NetApp. This is a close area to watch to see if Cisco makes an acquisition
perhaps NetApp or a storage-defined software startup.
As this report was going to press, Cisco announced its new HyperFlex line of servers on March 1. Cisco says
that HyperFlex, which includes management software from partner Springpath, moves further towards
hyper convergence by integrating storage and data services features into an already robust compute and
networking platform.

Dell
Dell where to start? The company is in the process of subsuming EMC (including VMware) for one of the
largest technology mergers in history. Therefore, its difficult to pinpoint a single Dell converged and hyper
converged strategy because that would include all of the EMC, VMware, and VCE elements (all included in
separate descriptions).
With its background in both servers and networking, Dell is a natural fit for having a converged infrastructure
story. The current linchpin of its strategy in addition to the merger with EMC is a partnership with Nutanix to
combine Nutanix software on Dell servers. This is an approach that makes sense, bringing Dells support,
hardware and brand and combining with Nutanix software. This is similar to the concept of a brite box or
branded white box in which an open, SDx approach to COTs hardware is augmented with the support and
services of a major IT player.
Looking forward, it will be interesting to see what the Dell/EMC merger means for the partnership with Nutanix.
Dell has a deep and wide portfolio of converged assets, but how it sorts out the series of combinations will be
interesting to watch in 2016.

EMC
EMC is a giant in the storage industry and it owns VMware, so it has all of the components of converged
infrastructure and HCI. To confuse things, it also owns VCE and is being merged with Dell along with VMware
creating a giant company with massive convergence potential for networking, virtualization software, and
hardware components.
EMC leans heavily on VMware software for creating converged and HCI solutions, including its VSPEX Blue
product, which uses VMwares VSAN. Look for a continued development and integration of EMC storage
resources, Dell hardware and services, and VMware virtualization products.

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HPE
HPE built a converged infrastructure portfolio by assembling many different pieces of its portfolio, including
storage from its 3Par SAN division, HP blade servers, HP networking gear, and its OpenView management
software. The company has been active in this space and there have also been rumors that it would be looking
to acquire a startup such as SimpliVity to augment its hyper convergence story.

IBM
IBM has a strong position in virtualized storage, with Spectrum Accelerate software and its own storage appliances.
It has been using a position in storage for the HCI market, though its been a bit low on visibility compared with the
stories of Cisco, EMC (with VMware), and startups such as Nutanix and SimpliVity. Spectrum Accelerate is used on
IBMs cloud service, SoftLayer, to virtualize storage. IBMs sale of its server business to Lenovo weakened its
position in HCI, and it is primarily relying on partnership with Cisco on UCS to deliver full solutions.

VCE
VCE was a leader in developing the converged infrastructure vision. The company was formed in 2009 as a
partnership between Cisco, VMware, and EMC. The idea was to create a virtualized infrastructure that combines
Cisco UCS servers, Cisco Nexus networking components, VMware software, and EMC storage systems. In 2015,
VCE announced a new VxBlock converged infrastructure system which includes VMwares NSX softwaredefined networking technology for the first time. It was initially only supported by Ciscos Application Centric
Infrastructure (ACI).
Questions remain about the VCE partnership, however, because VMware and EMC are being merged with Dell,
which has its own converged infrastructure products and competes with Cisco in networking. Cisco has backed
off from VCE, selling most of its stake to EMC/VMware in 2015, even though Cisco said last October that it still
pledges support to VCE. Its hard to see why Cisco would continue to support the effort once VMware, EMC
and VCE are all owned by rival Dell. This all raises many question posed by the gigantic Dell/EMC merger, one of
which is: With so many HCI products under the Dell umbrella, where will it consolidate its brand? In press
reports, some resellers say it makes sense that VMware software will be combined with Dell hardware for HCI,
replacing Cisco hardware.

VMware Inc.
VMware is driving its hyper converged strategy by combining elements of vSphere virtualization platform and
its Virtual SAN (VSAN) product. This includes marketing the software as part of integrated hardware
appliances, including VMwares recent VMware VxRail appliance which serves as an upgrade path from
EVO:RAIL (VMware) / VSPEX Blue (EMC). VxRail is a fully integrated, preconfigured and tested HCI appliance
powered by VMwares Hyper-Converged Software.
The company says it makes these products available through a broad and deep range of consumption options,
which means internal combinations as well as partnerships. VMware recently revealed that in Q4 of 2015, total
VSAN bookings grew nearly 200% year over year, and customer count has increased to over 3000 versus over
1000 a year ago. The company says it is now has more than a $100 million annual run rate for total bookings.
VMware partners with many different hardware partners, including its majority-owned subsidiary, VCE, with
EMC. When EVO:RAIL was first announced in 2014, partners included Dell, EMC, Inspur, NetOne, Fujitsu and
SuperMicro. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Hitachi Data Systems were later added to the list. Last year,
VMware also released a product more targeted at the HCI market, called EVO:SDDC, which adds network
control. Given the recent large announcements and transactions including VxRail, Dells purchase of EMC
(which owns a majority of VMware) and the announcement that VMware would buy a majority of VCE, these
partnerships are shifting rapidly. Once absorbed by Dell, we would expect that the HCI appliances will be
marketed with Dells hardware using VMware software and EMCs storage solutions.

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Notable Converged and HCI Challengers & Startups


Emerging vendors challenging the more established vendors were leaders in the HCI market, building
purpose-built software-and-appliance combinations that could be plugged in and used to scale the data center
quickly. They are making quite a bit of noise in the market. The two most prominent HCI startups include
Nutanix and SimpliVity.

Atlantis Computing
Atlantis Computing provides storage virtualization software, which it calls USX, to be loaded onto servers to
create an HCI product. USX can pool network attached storage (NAS), SAN, or flash resources. OEM partners
including IBM and Lenovo.
Originally a pure SDS play, Atlantis has seen the opportunity in HCI (or maybe its investors did) and in 2015 it
launched its own HCI appliance, called HyperScale. The company recently stated that bookings grew 80%
year-over-year in 2015.

Juniper Networks, Inc.


Juniper is pursuing a converged stack strategy that can draw from its Contrail, MetaFabric Architecture, QFX,
Contrail and SRX technology lines to create converged infrastructure solutions targeted at specific applications
such as networking and security. One example is its vSRX virtual firewall, which can be deployed as a converged
security solution on COTS hardware in cloud environments. Contrail is the primary control platform, which can
automate and orchestrate compute, storage, and networking resources on an open, converged COTS hardware
platform. Juniper is also partnering with Nutanix to deliver a converged solution that combines Nutanix
compute & storage platform with Junipers Virtual Chassis Fabric and firewall offerings.

Nutanix
Nutanix has been gathering momentum with its converged infrastructure offering, which it calls the Xtreme
Computing Platform, targeted at webscale architectures by integrating server and storage resources into
turnkey appliances. Its appliances are run by this Acropolis virtualization software, which controls compute and
storage. It is often cited as a leader in the space, including mention on the vaunted upper-right of Gartners
Magic Quadrant.
Nutanix focuses on scalability and speed of deployment, saying its products can be deployed in just 30 to 60
minutes and run applications at any scale. All of its products run on standard, x86 COTS servers. Nutanix
recently filed for an IPO and its OEM partners including Brocade, Dell, and Lenovo. In its IPO filing in December
of 2015, Nutanix revealed revenues of $241 million for the year ended July 2015 up from $127 million the previous
year and way up from $6.6 million in fiscal 2012. But it was also losing money to the tune of $126 million for the
fiscal year ending last July and a total accumulated deficit of $312 million since being founded in 2009.

Pivot3
Pivot3 recently acquired NexGen Storage, a privately held leading provider of hybrid storage appliances and
dynamic all-flash arrays. Pivot3 provides software and hardware solutions in the form of its vSTAC OS software
(which leverages VMware vSphere 6.0) and its All-Flash Enterprise HCI appliances which are hyper-converged
data center nodes with converged compute and all-flash storage. Its global HCI solutions allow sharing of
resources across nodes. And as a result of the acquisition, Pivot3 has folded NexGen Storages into its current
offering, leveraging unique QoS (quality of service) capabilities to improve application performance.

Scale Computing
Scale Computing markets the HC3 and HC3x hyper converged platforms, competing with both Nutanix and
SimpliVity in the startup world. It is looking to differentiate its offering by focusing on the open source KVM
hypervisor, which simplifies and potentially reduces costs on hypervisor licensing, which is a major gripe among
those buying solutions from the big-name vendors.

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SimpliVity
SimpliVity also provides a HCI solution, combining storage, compute, and applications such as WAN
optimization on COTS hardware. The company has been touting their advantages over public cloud offerings,
such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), citing a report by Evaluator Group that found SimpliVitys
HyperConverged Infrastructure offers a 22% to 49% savings over AWS. It markets its own OmniCube family of
appliances as well as packaging its OmniStack software with hardware partners such as Cisco and Lenovo.

HCI Networking Solutions White Box Switches and More


Most HCI solutions today focus on preconfigured compute nodes, or on combining compute and storage,
utilizing software to create a storage system from compute nodes coupled with flash arrays or spinning disks.
As HCI architectures develop, we expect to see more investments in R&D on the networking front. Regardless,
leading data centers (such as those from Google, Facebook and other web giants) recognize the need to
increase connectivity between the various nodes today and have turned to white boxes coupled with
intelligence to accelerate the process.
Entrants in HCI networking solutions include networking functions built into HCI infrastructure solutions from
Cisco (UCS + Nexus), EMC/VMware (vCenter + vSphere + vSAN + NSX) and other infrastructure vendors. We
also view white box and network virtualization vendors such as Pluribus Networks and Big Switch Networks as
significant players in converged data centers, providing flexible connectivity options between converged
hardware nodes.

Big Switch Networks, Inc.


Big Switch Networks develops and sells network virtualization solutions for data centers. Their Big Cloud Fabric
is used in hyperscale data centers, providing converged infrastructure with a unified networking fabric across
physical and virtual networks through the use of whitebox and britebox switches. It has been a strong partner
with Dell, which is using Big Switch software on server hardware to build converged solutions. Other partners on
the hardware side include Accton.

Pluribus Networks
Pluribus Networks provides a Virtualization-Centric Fabric architecture that works as a strong foundation for
converged data centers. Pluribus VCF provides increased visibility into the application traffic flows in these
converged data centers, allow for improved application optimization and troubleshooting. Pluribus has built a
converged solution using its own hardware platform as well as integrating its software with partners to develop
hardware solutions. Key partners include Dell, Nutanix, and Supermicro.

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Vendor Profiles
The following sections profile many of the vendors in the converged data center market. The individual profiles
were created through a collaborative effort between SDNCentrals Research Team and the Vendors product
experts. SDNCentral worked under the assumption the information provided by the vendors was factual, auditing
the submissions only to remove unverifiable claims and hyperbole. Extended profiles can be viewed online.
While every attempt has been made to validate the capabilities listed in the profiles, SDNCentral advises end
users to verify the veracity of each claim for themselves in their actual deployment environments. SDNCentral
cannot be held liable for unexpected operations, damages or incorrect operation due to any inaccuracies listed
here. SDNCentral welcomes feedback and additional information from end users based on their real-world
experiences with the products and technologies listed. The SDNCentral research team can be reached at
research@sdxcentral.com.

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Juniper Networks, Inc.


1133 Innovation Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
www.juniper.net
converged-stacks@juniper.net

Juniper Converged Stack Solutions


(Click for Online Version)

http://juni.pr/1Ta5s13

Description of Product and Its Differentiation: Converged stacks aim to address the problem of provisioning data
centers by allowing enterprises to purchase a plug-and-play, preconfigured data center in a rack. While that sounds
good, most converged stacks today are vertically integrated, locked-in solutions from a single supplier. This is where
Juniper and our partners come in. We are solving this problem in a different way with a range of flexible and open
choices that allow customers to get the simplicity of a converged stack leveraging open, best in class technology.
Juniper and our partners are building a business around putting together best of breed cloud stacks built on
Junipers MetaFabric reference framework with QFX, Contrail and SRX product lines.
Hypervisors Supported

Raid Storage Support

Security Features

ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, Xen

Yes

The SRX Series and vSRX firewalls are highperformance security platforms featuring open and
programmable APIs for automation, offering application
security, Intrusion Prevention, UTM, and cloud-based
anti-malware. At 17 Gbps throughput, the vSRX is the
industrys fastest and most efficient virtual firewall,
enabling the deployment of scalable security services
in cloud environments. The vSRX is also integrated with
Contrail and other third-party plug-ins for orchestration
in SDN environments. For more information, please visit
www.juniper.net/us/en/products-services/security.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity


Based on the principles of SDN, Contrail leverages
BGP signaled end-system IP/VPNs to implement
network virtualization overlays. These standardsbased overlays, which span cloud boundaries, deliver
a vendor-neutral approach for creating multitenant
virtualized, containerized and bare-metal cloud
environments. Infrastructure analytics and visualization
features provide insight into virtual and physical
networks, simplifying operations and decision making
with proactive planning and predictive diagnostic
capabilities. Please visit: www.opencontrail.org/
evaluating-opencontrail-virtual-router-performance
Partners
Atos Networks, FusionStorm, Intervision, InterCloud
Systems, ITQAN, Redapt, Technica, Virtual Armor

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Compute and Storage Features


Compute and storage resources are provided by our
partners. For more information, please contact Juniper
at converged-stacks@juniper.net.
Licensing/Pricing
Please contact Juniper Networks at
converged-stacks@juniper.net for pricing information.

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BIG SWITCH Networks, INC


3965 Freedom Circle, Suite 300
Santa Clara, CA 95054
www.bigswitch.com
650.714.4564

Big Cloud Fabric (v3.5)


(Click for Online Version)

www.bigswitch.com/sdn-products/big-cloud-fabrictm

Description of Product: Big Cloud Fabric is the industrys first unified physical & virtual data center networking
fabric built using whitebox or britebox switches and SDN controller technology. Embracing hyperscale data center
design principles, Big Cloud Fabric enables rapid innovation, ease of provisioning, and management, while reducing
overall costs, making it ideal for current and next generation data centers.
Date of Initial Release

Security Features

August 2014

Crypto-secure communications controller and data


center fabric
Full visibility into data center traffic with Analytics
module (inbuilt)
Integrated security tool chaining
Standard network security features include: Layer 3
and 4 ACLs: IPv4, ICMP, TCP/UDP etc.

Hypervisors Supported
ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, Xen
RAID Storage Support
Yes
Product Differentiation
Big Cloud Fabric network controller is integrated
with OpenStack and VMware (vSphere and NSX)
data center deployments providing a single pane
of glass management and operational workflow. IT
organizations get OpEx benefits (10x reduction),
including an application/tenant-centric configuration to
streamline all networking configuration, management,
and troubleshooting. Bare metal or whitebox hardware
reduces 3-year infrastructure costs by over 50%.
Compute Features and Capacity
A flexible, scale-out design that lets you to start at
the size/scale needed with room to grow. Typical pod
deployment scenarios:
Unified P+V SDN for OpenStack Clouds
VMware Data Centers vSphere, NSX or VIO
High Performance Computing
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Pods
Specialized NFV Pods

Partners
Dell, VMware, Red Hat, Mirantis, Accton, Palo Alto
Networks, F5 Networks, A10 Networks
3rd-party Integrations
Big Cloud Fabric Controller natively supports
integration with various Cloud Management
Platforms including VMware, Red Hat OpenStack,
and Citirix CloudStack. This is done through a single
programmatic interface, which is simpler and scalable
compared to box-by-box networking.
Customers
Clemson University, U2 Cloud, CleanSafeCloud

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity


Supports both physical and virtual (multi-hypervisor)
workloads and choice of orchestration software VMware vSphere or OpenStack . Provides L2 switching,
L3 routing, and L4-7 service insertion and chaining
while ensuring high bisectional bandwidth.
Storage Features and Capacity
Big Cloud Fabric is designed from the ground up
to satisfy the requirements of physical, virtual or
combination of physical, and virtual workloads. These
include big data and software defined storage Pods.
BIG CLOUD FABRIC

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Pluribus Networks
2455 Faber Place, Suite 100
Palo Alto, CA 94303
www.pluribusnetworks.com
855.GET.VNET

Pluribus Freedom Series F64-FL1T


(Click for Online Version)

www.pluribusnetworks.com/products/freedom-spine-switches

Description of Product: Best-in-class networking functionality with a unique combination of router, switch,
compute, and storage designed to run fabric switching along with converged network services and high-performance analytics directly into the fabric. It can be used to build the Spine layer of the Leaf-Spine architecture.
Powered by the Netvisor operating system, built on the Pluribus Virtualization-Centric Fabric architecture, the
F64-FL1T switch can create a distributed controller, tap-less network fabric.
Date of Initial Release

Hypervisors Supported

Partners

May 2014

KVM

Dell - www.pluribusnetworks.com/dell
Ericsson - www.pluribusnetworks.com/ericsson
Technology Partners - www.pluribusnetworks.com/
partners/technology-partners
Solution Partners - www.pluribusnetworks.com/
partners/solution-partners

Product Differentiation
Can scale to a number of nodes and server ports
much larger than any existing fabric technology
without imposing any restriction on the network
topology, in-band or out-of-band connectivity and
topological distance between nodes. No master node
roles, external controllers nor NMS tools. Control and
visibility of the entire fabric is possible by connecting
to any switch, eliminating single points of failure while
automating control and analytics. Application flows are
recognized for any endpoint.
Compute Features and Capacity
The dual socket Xeon E5 with up to 16 cores and up to
256 GB of RAM give these switches enormous amount
of compute power.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
Virtual Network (VNET) Provisioning, Management
and Segmentation
Multi-tenancy/Role-Based Access
Virtual Networks (VNETs) with L3-7 services
including vRouters
Storage Features and Capacity
The switchs 240 GB of internal storage can be
extended up 3.84 TB of external storage through
4 SSD slots. The storage options can be used as a
Network DVR enabling NetOps to analyze networking
transactions for deep forensic analysis by going back
up to 3 years of networking metadata

3rd-party Integrations
www.pluribusnetworks.com/partners/technologypartners
Customers
www.pluribusnetworks.com/resources/case-studies
www.pluribusnetworks.com/about/customers
Licensing/Pricing
The Pluribus Freedom F64-FL1T licensing involves:
Pluribus Enterprise Fabric includes all traditional
Layer-2, Layer-3 protocols, QoS and network
management features plus Fabric Automation and
Fabric Visibility feature sets.
Fabric Visibility - this feature set has application flows
across the entire fabric plus a Time Machine (aka
Network DVR).
Fabric Virtualization this additional license is to
support virtualization for an unlimited number of
fabric nodes.
http://go4.pluribusnetworks.com/rs/325-QWU-978/
images/Pluribus-Freedom-F-Series-Switchesdatasheet.pdf

Security Features
Fabric-wide segmentation
Mgmt, Control + Data Plane isolation
Per VNET/tenant services e.g. Virtual Routing w/HW
switch offload
No proprietary underlay protocols
VM/bare metal orch. agnostic
Fabric-wide flow classification + flow policy enforcement
Flow capture, drop, redirect to security tools

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Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco Converged Infrastructure Solutions

www.cisco.com

(Click for online version)

www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/data-center-virtualization/ucs-integrated-infrastructure/index.html

Description of Product: Cisco has converged and hyper converged infrastructure solutions with software-defined
computing, networking and storage. Cisco delivers solutions with storage partners, such as FlexPod, Vblock,
VersaStack, and SmartStack. With HyperFlex Systems, Cisco is now addressing hyper convergence with a platform
fully integrated into UCS management. According to IDC, Ciscos converged infrastructure solutions represent
nearly 50% of the installed solutions.
Hypervisors Supported

Storage Features and Capacity

ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, Xen

For our converged infrastructure solutions, we leverage


a broad range of our partners storage features and
capabilities. For hyperconverged HyperFlex Systems,
we deliver software designed to provide custom built,
log structured file system with flash, de-dup and
compression as foundational elements

Compute Features and Capacity


With service profiles, IT can define a server in software
and apply that to the underlying hardware. This
dramatically simplifies configuration and management
of the infrastructure. SingleConnect simplifies the overall
networking fabric, simplifying the cable plant while
delivering high performance.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
ACI, Ciscos SDN solution, is integrated into all converged
infrastructure solutions. With ACI, you can extend
policies from the converged and hyper converged
infrastructure into the network, including security, QoS
and load balancing.

Security Features
Our converged infrastructure solutions integrate secure
multi-tenancy in order to securely segment and firewall
different applications from each other. This is critical in
a private cloud environment. Additionally, ACI extends
security policies from the server and storage into the
network.

Dell

Dell Converged Solutions

www.dell.com

(Click for online version)

www.dell.com/en-us/work/learn/converged-solutions

Description of Product: Dell offers variants of both converged solutions, built on Dells PowerEdge FX architecture,
PowerEdge VRTX, and the PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosures, and hyper converged solutions, which are
available on Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL and the Dell XC Series powered by Nutanix.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, Hyper-V, Dell XC Series solutions support Nutanix


Acropolis hypervisors.

www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/customerstories#!facets=technology-type-server-virtualization&p
=1&keyword=Converged

Compute Features and Capacity


Dell offers high compute densities based on Intel Xeon
processors across multiple converged offerings but are
designed as single hyperscale platform that runs lighterthreaded and heavier-threaded workloads equally well
from a single architecture

Storage Features and Capacity

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

Security Features

Dell offers open networking and management choices


and options on multiple solutions to avoid vendor lock-in
even on converged solution offerings.

Dell employs best in class security practices on converged


solutions such as utilizing VMwares NSX that provides a
complete suite of simplified logical networking elements
and services, including logical switches, routers, rewalls,
load balancers, VPN, QoS, monitoring and security.

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Multiple systems from Dell support new storage


paradigms based on local storage such as softwaredefined storage, VMwares vSAN and Microsofts Storage
Spaces.

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Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000


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Ericsson
www.ericsson.com

http://www.ericsson.com/ourportfolio/products/hyperscale-datacenter-system-8000

Description of Product: Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 is a new generation of data center systems
using disaggregated hardware architecture for better resource utilization. The initial focus is on complete operator
cloud transformation for network functions virtualization (NFV), IT and commercial cloud operations. It is a high
performance, resource optimized platform to bring hyperscale infrastructure practice to all service providers.
Hypervisors Supported

Storage Features and Capacity

ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, Xen, Ubuntu 14.04, RHEL 6.5/7,


CentOS 7, Oracle VM/Linux7, SLES 12, WindRiver Linux 7,
MontaVista Linux CGE 7

Disaggregated drives (JBOD) in combination with


optical interconnect and software management and
provisioning provide a very scalable infrastructure for
storage. This infrastructure enables solutions like Secure
Cloud Storage or other software defined solutions. (File,
Block, Object storage).

Compute Features and Capacity


Optically connected to 4x10 GE for networking and
8x12 Gbps SAS for storage. Additional 4X10 or 4X25 GE
available. Dual socket Haswell and Broadwell (as soon as
released from Intel) support with up to 3 TB RAM. TPM
for security. Dual 2.5 drives with SATA or PCIe interface.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
Hardware accelerated VTEP in switch fabric. Overlay
network analytics. Fully configurable overlay using
OVSDB. Switch fabric can be partitioned in multiple
VPODs, each using different SDN controllers.

Security Features
Integrated with Ericsson KSI security solution. Provides
real time integrity and monitoring of all key system
infrastructure assets, e.g. network configuration, firmware
images and AAA systems. VPOD security framework
allows users to assigned resources.

Fujitsu Primergy Servers & Primeflex vShape


reference architecture

Fujitsu
www.fujitsu.com

(Click for online version)

www.fujitsu.com/fts/products/computing/servers/primergy

Description of Product: Fujitsu Primergy and Fujitsu Primequet servers are part of the Primeflex vShape reference
architecture which is a virtualization and private cloud reference architecture that integrates Fujitsu Eternus and
NetApp FAS storage platforms with best-of-breed third-party technologies. All these components are synchronized
and validated as a single solution.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, Xen

www.fujitsu.com/fts/products/computing/integratedsystems/vshape.html

Compute Features and Capacity


Primeflex vShape provides solutions for various
workloads starting at 25 VMs up to 200 VMs and utilizes
Primergy servers that use PSUs with up to 96% energy
efficiency. Capacity is based on servers and storage
systems and is complete with integrated features such as
high availability and security.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
Fujitsus Primeflex vShape reference architecture utilizes
Fujitsu Primergy Blade Servers and Brocade VCS Fabric
technology to deliver virtualized integrated solutions.

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Storage Features and Capacity


Fujitsu Server Primergy and Fujitsu Storage Eternus
are optimized for server virtualization and cloud and
Fujitsus technology partners are integrated into the
Fujitsu Integrated System. Examples include Primeflex
for VMware EVO:RAIL, Primeflex for VMware VSAN or
Primeflex for Cluster-in-a-box.
Security Features
As a part of the FUJITSU vShape architecture administrators can use multiple management consoles to monitor performance and security such as VMwares vCenter.

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HPE Hyper-Converged 250

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

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www.hpe.com

www.hpe.com/us/en/integrated-systems/hyper-converged.html

Description of Product: HPEs hyper converged system is built on industry standard HPE Proliant servers. It is a
compact 2U/4-node virtualized platform with compute and resilient storage managed as one unit from a single
interface and optimized to handle a variety of workloads from on-demand IT infrastructure to virtual desktop
infrastructure (VDI). High availability, data protection, and back-up and recovery capabilities are built into the hyper
converged solution.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, Hyper-V

http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/networking/library/
customer-success/successes.aspx

Compute Features and Capacity


The system offers the choice of processors from 2x Intel
E5-2640 v3/8-core @ 2.6 GHz or 2x Intel E5-2680 v3/12core @ 2.5 GHz. Further, it can be configured with 128
GB, 256 GB or 512 GB DDR4 memory.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
Each system contains four nodes; each node has an
independent ESXi (or Hyper-V) host running on it.
Therefore, one StoreVirtual system with four hosts is the
minimum number of hosts. By adding additional systems
(up to eight), the HP CS 250HC StoreVirtual scales up to
32 hosts.

Storage Features and Capacity


The system has either 1.2 TB 6G 10K SFF Dual-port SAS
Drive or 1.6 TB, 800 GB, 400 GB Solid State Drive, depending on model. It has a capacity of up to 38 TB maximum
included and 15 TB maximum useable storage space.
Security Features
The HC-250 supports all the security features offered in
VMWare vSphere or in Microsoft Cloud Platform System
Standard (Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter,
Hyper-V, System Center, System Center Operations
Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager)
depending on the configuration.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Portfolio

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)

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www.hds.com

https://www.hds.com/products/converged-infrastructure/hitachi-unified-compute-platform

Description of Product: Hitachi UCP is a fully integrated, pre-validated platform family that incorporates server,
storage, networking, virtualization, and management software to support IT workloads and distributed
environments. It supports applications, such as SAP HANA, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server. Its offered in multiple
packages that include UCP 6000, UCP 4000, UCP 2000, UCP 1000 for VMware EVO:RAIL, and UCP Select.
Hypervisors Supported

Storage Features and Capacity

ESXi, Hyper-V

HDS UCP is designed around Hitachi Virtual Storage


(VSP) Platforms, Unified Storage VM (HUS VM), Unified
Storage (HUS), and NAS Platform (HNAS). Additionally,
UCP utilizes Cisco Unified Fabric network and UCS.
These compute, network and storage resources are
natively integrated with VMware vSphere.

Compute Features and Capacity


Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Director, a key
component of Hitachi UCP, is an infrastructure
orchestration software solutions that is natively embedded
into VMware vCenter or Microsoft Systems Center which
aims to increase day-to-day operational efficiency.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
Hitachi Data Systems and Cisco certify each component
of a UCP solution for interoperability. Using only tested
and validated components, UCP Select for VMware
vSphere with Cisco UCS is a Cisco Validated Design
(CVD), which aims to reduce the risk of introducing new
technologies to data centers.

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Security Features
HDS UCP solutions are multi vendor and utilize multiple
layers of security for each component of storage,
network, and server management. HDS UCP solutions
are designed for private cloud environments with the
necessary Integrated security and identity components
built in.

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Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

FusionCube

www.huawei.com/en

(Click for online version)

http://e.huawei.com/en/products/cloud-computing-dc/
servers/fusioncube/fusioncube

Description of Product: Huawei FusionCube is an integrated solution designed to simplify deployment of virtualized
IT infrastructure. It features converged computing, storage, and networking, with an automated virtualization and
management system. The resulting system improves application and business efficiency beyond what was
previously possible.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, KVM, Huawei FusionSphere

China Sinopec, Infocast of Hongkong, Saudi TVTC, China


Mobile, CNPC

Compute Features and Capacity


FusionCube 9000: 4U with 8 nodes: 32CPU, 12TB
memory, 172TB storage. FusionCube 6000:
4 U with 4 nodes: 8 CPUs, 4 TB memory, 288 TB storage

Storage Features and Capacity

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

Security Features

FusionCube 9000: converged network switch in a


chassis, support GE, 10GE, FC and FCoE

Classification authority management

FusionCube 9000: 4U with 8 nodes: 172TB storage.


FusionCube 6000: 4 U with 4 nodes: 288 TB storage

Licensing/Pricing
http://e.huawei.com/en/products/cloud-computing-dc/
servers/fusioncube/fusioncube

IBM

IBM Pure Systems

www.ibm.com

(Click for online version)

www.ibm.com/ibm/puresystems/us/en

Description of Product: IBM PureSystems consist of an IBM PureFlex System that combines compute, storage,
networking, virtualization and management into a single power-based or hybrid system, optimized for cloud, to
deliver infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). The IBM PureApplication automates the process for both on-premises and
off-premises cloud operations, and IBM PureData System provides analytics, powered by Netezza technology, for
managing the data warehouse.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, Xen, PowerVM

www.ibm.com/ibm/puresystems/us/en/case-studies/
index.html

Compute Features and Capacity


IBM PureApplication System is available in three classes:
1) W1500-32 and W1500-64, using Intel Xeon E5-2670
processors, housed in a 25U rack. 2) W1500-96 through
to W1500-608, using Intel Xeon E5-2670 processors,
housed in a 42U rack. 3) W1700-96 through to W1700608, using IBM POWER7+ processors

Storage Features and Capacity

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

IBM PureFlex System uses LDAP (or Active Directory,


or AD) security to manage user accounts, LDAP
functionality is now the center point of the PureFlex
System security model.

IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Switch provides


uncontested wire speed bandwidth at every port a
total of 320 Gbps per switch with less than 4 ms fabric
latency.

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PureFlex systems use the IBM Storwize V7000 storage


solution with 20 expansion enclosures attached using
high-performance 12 Gbps SAS for maximum expansion
of 504 drives or approximately 2 PB of capacity.
Security Features

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Lenovo

Lenovo Converged Systems

www.lenovo.com

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http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/systems/converged-systems

Description of Product: Lenovo offers both converged and hyper converged infrastructure solutions built on
Lenovo servers including Lenovo Flex Systems servers, Lenovo ThinkServer servers, or the Lenovo HX Converged
Appliances. Lenovo hyper converged solutions include Prism management software by Nutanix for HX Series
appliances; where Lenovo EMC VSPEX converged solutions utilize VMware and reference architectures and EMC
storage system that have jointly been tested, sized, and proven by Lenovo and EMC.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, Hyper-V, Lenovo HX solutions support Nutanix


Acropolis hypervisors.

Not publicly available.

Compute Features and Capacity

Lenovo EMC VSPEX Solutions integrate with EMC VNX/


VNXe series storage solutions which support up to
up to 1500 drives utilizing either unified storage (file
and/or block), as a flash only configuration or as a hybrid
flash array with mixed pools (mixture of SSDs and and
HDDs).

Lenovo servers utilize Intel Xeon processors with various


configurations of the multiple families available. HX
Series appliances scale up to 36 cores and 40 Terra
Bytes in a 2U platform; whereas Lenovo Flex Servers
use a modular book design with up to 18% faster
performance than previous versions.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
Lenovo converged systems for infrastructure can
support Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE),
iSCSI, or native Fibre Channel. All networking resources
are preconfigured, tested and and optimized.

FlexPod Solutions

Storage Features and Capacity

Security Features
EMC Avamar Data Protection solutions provide data
protection for VMware Horizon View data, and RSA
SecurID provides optional secure user-authentication
functionality.

NetApp

(Click for online version)

www.netapp.com

www.netapp.com/us/solutions/flexpod/index.aspx

Description of Product: FlexPod Datacenter validated solutions combine storage, networking, and server
components into a single architecture for enterprise workloads. Solution components include NetApp clustered
Data ONTAP and MetroCluster software, NetApp traditional and All-Flash FAS unified scale-out storage systems,
Cisco Unified Computing Systems (Cisco UCS) servers, including UCS Mini, Cisco Nexus 5000, 6000, 7000, and
9000 Series Switches, and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, Xen

University of So Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell


Mutual Insurance Group

Compute Features and Capacity


FlexPods are built on Ciscos Unified Computing System
(Cisco UCS) and deploy high performance, expanded
memory server architectures.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
FlexPods are built on Cisco Nexus switching: Converges
Fibre Channel and Ethernet on a unified 10 Gigabit
Ethernet fabric.

Storage Features and Capacity


FlexPods are built on NetApp storage providing
storage access through Network File System (NFS)
and Common Internet File System (CIFS) using Small
Computer System Interface over IP (iSCSI) or Fibre
Channel over 10 Gigabit.
Security Features
FlexPods can enable solutions to operate across hybrid
cloud resources with the software-defined capabilities of
NetApp Data Fabric, while maintaining security, control
and workload portability with Cisco Intercloud Fabric.

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Nimboxx, Inc.

Nimboxx

www.nimboxx.com

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www.nimboxx.com/product

Description of Product: Nimboxx provides a single box described as a powerful hyper converged infrastructure
solution that includes compute, storage, networking and orchestration capabilities. The solution consists of a VDI
server and a capacity based compute and virtualization server.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

KVM

Not Provided

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

Nimboxx provides 3 server options: AU-110 with 64GB


of memory and 24vCores and 4.8TB of storage, the
AU-110x which upgrades to 256 GB of memory and
32vCores and 9.6TB of storage, and the AU-120x which
increases storage to 14.4 TB of storage.

Storage includes a tiered flash for SSD and then raw


storage for improved performance.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity


KVM based virtualization.

Security Features
Not Applicable
Licensing/Pricing
Pricing is per device acquired and ranges from $24,995
to $45,995 without support. Support plans are listed
www.nimboxx.com/support

Oracle

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

www.oracle.com

(Click for online version)

www.oracle.com/servers/private-cloud-appliance

Description of Product: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies
the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris
applications.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

Oracle VM

www.oracle.com/servers/private-cloud-appliance/
customer-successes.html

Compute Features and Capacity


Compute nodes include Oracle Server X5-2 systems
with Intel Xeon CPUs, high-speed dual inline memory
modules (DIMM), redundant 40 Gb/sec InfiniBand host
channel adapters (HCAs), and redundant disks. The
base rack can support a maximum of 25 compute nodes.

Storage Features and Capacity

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

Security Features

Oracle SDN dynamically connects servers to networks


and storage. It eliminates the physical storage and
networking cards found in every server and replaces
them with virtual network interface cards (vNICs) and
virtual host bus adapters (vHBAs) that can be deployed
on the fly.

Oracle Fabric Interconnect offers extremely low latency


(typically 10X faster speeds than Ethernet), 40 Gb/sec
throughput, full redundancy, and integrated endpoint
security.

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance features a fully


integrated, enterprise grade Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 ES
for centrally storing the management environment as
well as providing data storage for VMs.

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Pure Storage

FlashStack Converged Infrastructure

www.purestorage.com

(Click for online version)

www.purestorage.com/solutions/infrastructure/flashstack.html

Description of Product: FlashStack CI is a flexible, all-flash converged infrastructure solution. It combines compute,
network, storage hardware and virtualization software, into a single, integrated architecture. FlashStack CI is
available from accredited FlashStack Partners who help provide an excellent converged infrastructure ownership
experience.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi

Nielsen, LinkedIn, SkullCandy, UT-Dallas, and others can


be seen at www.purestorage.com/customers.html

Compute Features and Capacity


The FlashStack CI compute resources are built out of
Cisco Nexus Switches, a Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect,
and Cisco UCS-B Series Blade Servers. Each system is
custom built to client specifications.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
The FlashStack CI virtualization is controlled by
VMWares vSphere software. vSphere offers high
availability, fault tolerance, data protection, APIs, and
many other virtualization features that can be found
at https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere/VMWvSPHR-Datasheet-6-0.pdf

Storage Features and Capacity


The FlashStack CI uses the Pure Storage //m400
flash storage array. Each storage chassis can support
from 2-70 TB of raw capacity or 35TB to over 200TB
of effective capacity. Multiple chassis can be added
to a FlashStack CI system depending on customer
configuration.
Security Features
The FlashStack CI utilizes the Cisco/VMware/Microsoft
integrated features to provide security. It does not have
any special security features beyond what is provided by
the individual components from other vendors.

SolidFire

SolidFire Agile Infrastructure (AI)

www.solidfire.com

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www.solidfire.com/solutions/agile-infrastructure

Description of Product: SolidFire AI is a series of converged infrastructure designs that are thoroughly tested and
validated. SolidFire AI takes a best-of-breed approach to build converged infrastructure, combining SolidFires
scale-out storage system with leading compute, networking and orchestration technologies from VMware, Cisco,
Dell, and Red Hat to provide cloud infrastructure solutions for enterprise-class data centers.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi

California Public Utilities Commission, Sungard, Colt, 1&1,


Ultimate Software and other customer success stories
can be found at www.solidfire.com/about/customers

Compute Features and Capacity


The SolidFire AI can be built on a Cisco or Dell reference
architecture. The SolidFire AI platform can support up to
360 cores and 4TB of RAM.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
The SolidFire AI system uses VMWare vSphere for
its virutalization management. The Cisco based
architecture can host up to 2500 virtual machines,
while the Dell architecture can host up to 1,000 virtual
machines.

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Storage Features and Capacity


The SolidFire AI system uses SolidFires SF series flash
storage devices. Up to 10 slots per system are available
per storage. The system can provide up to 40TB capcity.
Security Features
The SolidFire AI system uses the integrated security
features provided by VMware, Cisco, Dell, and RedHat.
This provides a best-of-breed approach towards
securing the system.

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tegilE

IntelliStack Converged Infrastructure

www.tegile.com

(Click for online version)

www.tegile.com/solutions/intellistack

Description of Product: IntelliStack is comprised of VMware Horizon View 6, VMware vSphere 5, Cisco Unified
Computing System (UCS), and the Tegile Intelligent Flash Storage Array. It allows customers to acquire and build a
whole converged infrastructure at one time. A single SKU includes everything, such as servers, flash storage and
networking. IntelliStack offers pre-validated, pre-sized, and certified configurations to fit a wide range of
deployment requirements.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi

www.tegile.com/resources/case-studies

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

Compute resources on the IntelliStack are provided by


Cisco UCS blade servers. These servers are based on
multi-core, Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 and E5-2600
v2 product families CPUs, for up to 24 processing cores
per server.

Storage in the IntelliStack is provided by Tegile Intelligent


Storage arrays which can be either fully flash-based or
a hybrid flash solution. As an example, the Tegile T3800
full-flash array can support up to 336TB of capacity with
192GB of controller memory.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

Security Features

Network virtualization on Intellistack is provided by


VMware Horizon View 6 and vSphere 5. A single
Intellistack system can easily support over 1000 VDIs in
a single rack.

Security is provided by the Cisco and VMware


infrastructure of the system. A few vSphere security
features include software acceptance levels to prevent
unauthorized software installation, APIs that enable
agentless monitoring, and host firewalls.

VBlock and VxBlock

VCE

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www.vce.com

www.vce.com/converged-infrastructure

Description of Product: VCE brings together best-of-breed technologies from technology leaders like Cisco, EMC,
VMware, and more in converged Vblock Systems and VxBlock Systems solutions to power data centers and simplify
management and operations throughout the system lifecycle. The Vblock and VxBlock converged systems are
managed by VCI Vision Intelligent Operations, which manages compute, storage, network and virtualization
components together as a single system and multiple systems as a single pool of resources.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi

www.vce.com/customers/testimonials

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

The system is available in a wide range of models and


blade servers that support up to 512 servers and up to
4PB of storage per blade-chassis. An overview of the
models is available at www.vce.com/asset/documents/
vblock-vxblock-product-overview.pdf

The system can support drives sizes from 100Gb up to


3Tb. RAID 1, RAID5, RAID6, and RAID 10 stripping is
supported. At the top end, the VxBlock 740 supports
the EMC Symmetrix 40k which can support 88 3200
drives of varying sizes.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

Security Features

The VBlock systems support VM VSphere 6.0, and the


VxBlock systems can support VMware NSX 6.2 and
Cisco ACI. Each compute chassis can support up to
16 CIsco UCS server chassis per domain and up to 5
domains per chassis.

The VBlock architecture supports virtual firewalls,


single-sign on services, data protection, security policy
management, and others. Security features are provided
by integrated components like the Cisco MDS 9000,
EMC VMAX series products, Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual
switch or VMware vSphere switch.

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Atlantis Computing

Atlantis USX

www.atlantiscomputing.com

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www.atlantiscomputing.com/solutions/hyper-converged

Description of Product: Atlantis USX is a software-defined storage solution that delivers the performance of an
all-flash storage array at a lower cost vs. a traditional SAN or NAS. Atlantis USX enables local servers with RAM, SAS,
Flash, or memory-channel storage to create a highly scalable, hyper converged platform using existing servers. This
solution provides the flexibility to pool commodity local storage with RAM and/or flash across multiple server farms.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, Xen, Atlantis USX is a software-defined storage


solution and works with existing hypervisors running VMs.

www.atlantiscomputing.com/customers

Compute Features and Capacity

Atlantis USX converged solutions support up to 300TB


of effective storage capacity in a 3 server configuration.

Atlantis USX is primarily a storage management solution


that creates an all-flash hyper converged solution. It is
software that integrates with any x86 server platform,
local flash storage, and 10GB Ethernet networking to
create a hyper-converged platform.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
Atlantis USX increases solution efficiency via HyperDup
Content-Aware Data Services that leverage Atlantis realtime deduplication technology and effectively offloads
IO before data traverses network or reaches storage.

Storage Features and Capacity

Security Features
Because Atlantis USX moves applications to a centrally
managed solution in the corporate datacenter, then
there is less of a risk of a security breach or data loss.
Licensing/Pricing
Pricing is based on storage capacity, and the least
expensive configuration is $2 per gigabyte.

Data Gravity

DataGravity Discovery Series

http://datagravity.com

(Click for online version)

http://datagravity.com/products

Description of Product: DataGravity Discovery claims to be a data-aware storage platform. It allows the tracking
of access and analyzing of data as it is stored. This can help you secure the data, intelligently retrieve it, reduce risk,
and streamline data management.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

It is a primary storage system. Any VM-aware system


can use the Datagravity Discovery Series.

Centria, 451 Research, tek Partners

Compute Features and Capacity

The Discovery series provides simple deployment,


visibility into unstructured data, timely intelligence
and analytics, no production impact or performance,
enterprise class security and data awareness. Comes in
18TB, 36TB, 48TB, and 96TB configurations.

Not Applicable, this is a data storage system.


Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
Not Applicable, this is a data storage system.
Licensing/Pricing
Based on capacity. http://datagravity.com/pricing

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Storage Features and Capacity

Security Features
Identify and protect against sensitive data loss, monitor
unusual activity via alerts and audit trails, enable
eDiscovery and governance workflows, anomaly
and access detection, quickly recover from malicious
activities, see full access history via search and more.

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Gridstore All-Flash HyperConverged Appliance


(Click for online version)

Gridstore, Inc.
www.gridstore.com

www.gridstore.com/products/gridstore-3/#hyperconverged-appliance

Description of Product: Gridstores award winning all-flash hyper converged Infrastructure offers leading price/
performance, efficient scaling, and scale-to-fit design. The Gridstore HCI is easy and fast to deploy while reducing
management time and effort. Leveraging its patented software, Gridstore HCI delivers 75% less physical infrastructure,
65% lower cost/VM and supports more VMs than traditional solutions.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

Hyper-V

www.gridstore.com/customers

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

A Gridstore all-flash HCA delivers the resources to


run a data center. Each has 4 independent nodes with
configurable cores, RAM, NICs and flash storage (select
from configurations tailored to workloads). Erasure
encoding and all-flash technology result in 50% lower
TCO and delivers QoS per VM.

Gridstore HCI starts can grow from three nodes


supporting 92TB of affordable all-flash storage in a
2U enclosure to 256 nodes supporting 6PB of all-flash
storage. Patented software and all-flash technology
deliver the fastest performance for the lowest TCO for all
critical Windows workloads.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

Security Features

With compute, SAN, and storage housed in a single


2U appliance, Gridstore all-flash HCI removes network
cabling issues forever. As a complete data center-ina-box, IT managers can deploy a Gridstore HCA in a
remote location and not worry about connectivity issues.

Gridstore offers a fault tolerant, complete cloud-in-abox solution that improves security. Deploying VDI with
Gridstore improves end user satisfaction and protects
critical data. A partnership with 5nine Software, running
cloud security on a HCA ensures the highest level of
network & data security.

Nexenta

Nexenta OpenSDx

https://nexenta.com

(Click for online version)

https://nexenta.com/products

Description of Product: Nexenta OpenSDS (Open Source based Software-Defined Storage) solutions are pure
software based storage solutions running on vendor agnostic hardware providing customers freedom and
preventing vendor lock-in.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, Xen

WiPro, GoDaddy, PaloAlto Networks, NASA, and more.

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

Not Applicable

Nexenta delivers unified file storage such as NFS and


SMB and block storage such as Fibre Channel and
iSCSI on industry standard hardware. It scales from
TeraBytes to PetaBye configurations. All management
functionality is included by default. Nexenta also delivers
scaling to OpenStack clouds.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity


Not Applicable
Licensing/Pricing
https://nexenta.com/how-buy

Security Features
Security is handled at the OS level with features such as
IPtables ipfilter, etc. in Linux.

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Nimble Storage

SmartStack

www.nimblestorage.com

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www.nimblestorage.com/solutions/smartstack

Description of Product: SmartStack is an integrated infrastructure solution jointly developed by Cisco and Nimble
Storage that integrates compute, network, and storage resources. SmartStack solutions are built upon Cisco Validated
Designs (CVDs) and reference architectures.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, Hyper-V

www.nimblestorage.com/case-studies

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

Nimble Storages SmartStack reference architecture is


built on Cisco UCS servers. Ciscos data center platform
that integrates industry-standard, x86-architecture Intel
processorbased servers with networking and storage
access into a single unified system.

Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Platform combines the


speed of flash storage with the cost-effective capacity
of a hard disk. Additionally, Nimble Storage InfoSight
is an analytics and storage management engine that is
designed to keep Nimble Storage arrays running in peak
conditions.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity


Nimble Storages SmartStack reference architecture is
built on Cisco UCS platform integrating Cisco Nexus
switches, and Cisco UCS Manager. Cisco fabric extender
technology reduces the number of network layers by
directly connecting physical and virtual servers to the
systems fabric interconnects.

Security Features
SmartStack is built on industry-certified and integrated
infrastructure and bare-metal solutions. This allows
administrators to build virtual and cloud infrastructures
while maintaining the same level of security and policy
across all environments.

Nutanix

Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform

www.nutanix.com

(Click for online version)

http://go.nutanix.com/rs/nutanix/images/Datasheet_Official.pdf

Description of Product: The Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform is a software-driven infrastructure solution that
converges storage, compute, and virtualization into a turnkey appliance that can be deployed in minutes. Data center
capacity can be expanded one node at a time without disruption, delivering predictable scalability and flexibility.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor

www.nutanix.com/customers

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

Nutanix Acropolis is a powerful scale-out data fabric for


storage, compute, and virtualization. Acropolis combines
software-defined storage with built-in virtualization in a
turnkey hyper-converged infrastructure solution that can
run any application at any scale.

The Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform delivers


enterprise data storage as an on-demand service by
employing a distributed software architecture. Nutanix
eliminates the need for traditional SAN and NAS
solutions, and delivers a rich set of software-defined
services that are entirely VM-centric.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity


Nutanix Acropolis builds on the core capabilities of
Nutanix HCI to incorporate an open platform for
virtualization and application mobility. A built-in
hypervisor and powerful open runtime environment
together deliver invisible virtualization capabilities for a
post-SAN world.

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Security Features
Nutanix combines two-factor authentication and
data-at-rest encryption with a security development
lifecycle that is integrated into product development
to help customers meet the most stringent security
requirements.

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PIVOT3

vSTAC OS and GHCI Servers

http://pivot3.com

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http://pivot3.com/vstac-os-software

Description of Product: Pivot3s global hyper converged infrastructure solution based on the vSTAC OS combines
clusters of hardware into a single virtualized share storage, compute and more into one single pane of glass on COTS
based hardware. This eliminates the need for separate physical storage are networks and servers.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi

Not Provided

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

vSTAC OS is used on Intel COTS based hardware server


configurations from standalone rack servers to blade
server configurations via partners. Stacks of 3 to 16
appliances can exist in one cluster, or hyperconverged
protection group. Scale is achieved with multiple
protection groups.

Scale to 864 TB in a protection group. Pivot3 pools


disk storage across appliances to form a Virtual SAN.
Dynamic Storage Management includes dynamic logical
and physical capacity expansion, load balancing, iSCSI
multi-path.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

State-sensitive LEDs, remote management via vSTAC


Manager, SNMP MIB support and remote notifications
via Phone Home functionality.

Aggregate up to 16 storage controller configurations or


12 servers for compute.

Security Features

Scale Computing

HC3

www.scalecomputing.com

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www.scalecomputing.com/products/product-overview

Description of Product: Scale Computings HC3 virtualization platform is a complete data center in a box with
server, storage, and virtualization integrated into a single appliance. With no virtualization software to license and no
external storage to buy, HC3 products lower out-of-pocket costs and simplify the infrastructure needed to keep
your applications running.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

KVM, Hyper-V, The HC3 includes Scale Computings own


open-source-based hypervisor.

Testimonials from current clients including KIB


Electronics, Sevier County Bank, Auburn University,
GEO Foundation, and Fidelity State Bank and Trust
can be found at www.scalecomputing.com/resources/
customer-case-studies

Compute Features and Capacity


The HC3 is available in 3 models: HC1000, HC2000, and
HC4100. At the top end, each 1-RU HC4100 can support
12xCPU cores, 24xCPU threads, and 128GB of RAM. The
chassis can be combined into an 8-node cluster that
multiplies the capacities.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
The HC3 supports VM OSs from Windows, Centos,
Redhat, Linux, Oracle, and Fedora. Each cluster is tested
to a maxiumum virtual disk size of 8TB, 26 virtual disks
per VM, and 8 NICs per VM.

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Storage Features and Capacity


HC3 stripes and mirrors data across all of the drives in
the cluster in what is effectively a network RAID 10 such
that there is no single point of failure. At the top end, the
HC4100 can support up to 14.4TB of data per chassis.
Security Features
The HC3 is an entry-level system and provides no
additional security feature beyond what are provided by
the OSs of the installed VMs

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Silicon Graphics
International Corp.

SGI Servers, Storage, and Software


(Click for online version)

www.sgi.com

www.sgi.com/products

Description of Product: SGI specializes in high performance computing data center environments using open systems
and industry standard components.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, Xen

www.sgi.com/company_info/resources/case_studies.
html

Compute Features and Capacity


SGI Rackable Servers range from four to eighteen core
Intel Xeon Processors and unto 1.5TB RAM per node. SGI
UV series servers for Super Computer power based on
Intel Xeon designs (up to 256 sockets). SGI ICE X series
scale-out platform for super computer applications (up
to 191 teraflops per rack).

Storage Features and Capacity

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

Not Applicable

SGI servers use Infiniband technologies to create high


speed cross connects for high speed clusters.

Licensing/Pricing

SGI offers the InfiniteStorage series of products that


range from 240TB of raw capacity to systems of ups to
384 drives. Additional models and options optimize for
speed as well as capacity and redundancy/resiliency.
Security Features

www.sgi.com/sales/askarep.html

OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform 3.0


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SimpliVity
www.simplivity.com

www.simplivity.com/products/omnistack-3-0

Description of Product: SimpliVitys hyper-converged infrastructure provides powerful capabilities for multi- and
single-site deployments, advanced data protection, and data efficiency features. It delivers enterprise-grade
scalability, performance, protection, and resiliency, with the cloud economics that businesses demand, resulting in
3x TCO reduction.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

KVM. At this time, SimpliVity supports KVM and VMware


vSphere/ESXi, with Microsoft Hyper-V in development.

www.simplivity.com/resources/customer-testimonials

Compute Features and Capacity


With SimpliVitys scale-out architecture, an IT
infrastructure can grow as a company does, allowing for
easy proof of concept and test/dev environments, and
enabling the ability for a company to start small and scale
as needed, in single-node or compute-only increments.

SimpliVitys solution provides a building-block


approach to scaling storage that utilizes accelerated
inline deduplication, compression, and optimization
throughout the entire lifecycle of the data. SimpliVity
reduces the amount of I/O, thus delivering the optimal
performance with less hardware.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

Security Features

SimpliVitys hyperconverged infrastructure utilizes


existing hypervisor technologies, leading network
virtualization technologies, and SimpliVitys data
virtualization technology, so companies can realize
the full benefits of virtualizing their entire data center,
particularly workload mobility.

SimpliVity assimilates 8-12 appliances into a single


solution that eliminates IT sprawl and complexity, which
reduces information security vulnerabilities. SimpliVity
also has solutions with Vormetric and HyTrust to protect
data and VMs through encryption, while delivering
superior performance.

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Skyport Systems

SkySecure

www.skyportsystems.net

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www.skyportsystems.net/overview

Description of Product: Skyport provides secure enclaves for the applications you care about most. Skyport has
rearchitected the x86 hardware and software stack into a turnkey, trusted system with embedded security. Your data
stays on your premises, while Skyports cloud-based management verifies and documents continuous enforcement.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

SkySecure is a converged compute, virtualization, and


security stack platform. It has an embedded hypervisor,
currently based on Xen.

www.skyportsystems.net/partners

Compute Features and Capacity


Each SkySecure System has: 2x 8-core Intel Xeon
processor E5, 128 GB ECC DRAM, 2x 960GB SATA
SSD, 28 vCPUs, shared between VMs and security
compartments. A SkySecure I/O controller assures
security is always on in a separate subsystem. The
chassis is tamper-resistant and exposes zero-ports.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
SkySecure dynamically configures a private DMZ
network to establish a secure enclave for each VM using
SDN technologies. This secured network environment
provides either layer 2 or layer 3 connectivity and also
incorporates extensive network security controls and
anti-spoofing protections.

Storage Features and Capacity


SkySecure systems have 2x 960GB SATA SSDs in the
chassis for hardware encrypted storage, and features
support for mounting external shared file systems, such
as with NFS. The system also includes builtin backup
management facilities that are secured and audited.
Security Features
SkySecure builds-in: Per-VM DMZ and firewall to stop
surveillance, attacks, and data exfiltration; Integrity
verification to provide confidence no malware, viruses, or
rootkits are installed; A security I/O coprocessor assures
security is on and cannot be bypassed; Lifetime storage
of evidence.

Super Micro Computer Inc.

EVO:RAIL

www.supermicro.com

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www.supermicro.com/solutions/EVO_RAIL.cfm

Description of Product: Super Micro (Supermicro) produces a complete hyper converged Infrastructure appliance
based on VMwares EVO:RAIL architecture. It combines compute, networking and storage resources into a single 2U,
4-node form factor to create a simple, easy-to-deploy building block for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi

No public references are listed for Supemicros


EVO:RAIL

Compute Features and Capacity


The SuperMicro EVO:RAIL solution is available with
either the SYS-2028TP-VRL Series with 2x Intel E52630v3 (8 cores per CPU) or the SYS-2028TP-VRLX
Series with 2x Intel E5-2670v3 (12 cores per CPU).
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
The EVO:RAIL runs VMware Sphere, vCenter Server, and
VMware Virtual SAN software and provides for up to
200 virtual machines per 2RU chassis.

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Storage Features and Capacity


The SYS-2028TP-VRL Series supports 1x 400GB SSD for
cache, 3x 1.2TB HDD for 3.6TB capacity per chassis, and
the SYS-2028TP-VRLX Series supports 1x 800GB SSD
for cache, 5x 1.2TB HDD for 6TB capacity.
Security Features
The Supermicro EVO:RAIL supports all the integrated
security features that are built into VMwares vSphere
and vServer software.

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Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance 2800


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Teradata
www.teradata.com

www.teradata.com/products-and-services/Data-Appliance

Description of Product: The Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance is a fully-integrated system purpose-built for data
warehousing. The appliance features the industry leading Teradata Database, a Teradata platform with dual Intel Xeon
fourteen-core processors, SUSE linux operating system, and enterprise class storage all preinstalled into a
power-efficient unit.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

No hypervisor is present in the Teradata Data Warehouse


appliance

3M, 7-11, Air Canada, Ace Hardware, Applebees

Compute Features and Capacity

Each node has up to 512GB of memory, with up to 12


nodes per cabinet. With compression enabled, the
system is scalable to more than 54 petabytes with
1200GB drives.

The Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance features Dual


Intel Xeon processors E5-2697 v3, each with 14 cores
running at 2.6GHz. Its linux software-based, sharednothing architecture delivers always-on parallelism so even
the toughest, most complex queries complete quickly.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
The only virtualization in the appliance is for
management. It features a single, 1U server for database,
hardware, and infrastructure management. Teradata
Viewpoint, Teradata Service Workstation, and cabinet
management interface controller provide a single
operational view for managing the system.

EVO:RAIL

Storage Features and Capacity

Security Features
The appliance has several security features including:
user authentication (through single sign-on, trusted
sessions, and LDAP), IP filters, user authorization,
security roles, network encryption, disk encryption, and
data encryption.

VMware

(Click for online version)

www.vmware.com

www.vmware.com/products/evorail

Description of Product: EVO:RAIL combines VMware compute, network, storage, and management resources into
a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to create a simple, easy-to-manage, all-in-one solution for all your
virtualized workloads, including tier-1 production and mission-critical applications. Offered by selected partners,
EVO:RAIL is backed by a single point of contact for software and hardware support.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi

www.vmware.com/a/customers/product/71/EVO:RAIL

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

EVO:RAIL is certified to work on a variety of partner


hardware including Fujitsu, Hitachi, Dell, EMC,
Supermicro, and others. The compute features will vary
depending on the hardware selected, but it can support
up to 8 x Intel E5 Processors, Ivy Bridge or Haswell (48,
64, 80, 96 or 144 cores).

Depending upon the particular partner hardware


chosen, the EVO:RAIL can support up to 16 or 27.2
TB Hybrid Storage (HDD/SSD). It includes VMware
vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VDPA) for backup
protection and vSphere Replication, for replication. Many
3rd-party backup soluitons are also available.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity

Security Features

Each 2U appliance can support up to 4 nodes and


800 VMs. A cluster can be configured with up to 16
appliances and 12,800 VMs per cluster.

EVO:RAIL offers high-availability and built-in security


policies. It also is fully compatible with the entire VMware
portfolio such as vSphere Replication, VMware vRealize
Suite, VMware NSX , VMware Horizon and vCloud Air,
and all the security features they support.

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Arkin

Arkin Visibility Platform and Cloud Service

www.arkin.net

(Click for online version)

www.arkin.net/converged-infrastructure-visibility

Description of Product: The Arkin Visibility Platform and Cloud Service provides IT managers peerless visibility,
contextual analytics, and a collaboration platform for converged systems. The platform provides simplicity and
consumer class collaboration. The Arkin solutions supports technologies such as VMware NSX, Cisco UCS, VCE
Vblocks, Palo Alto Networks firewalls, and others. The platform can be deployed on-premise or consumed as a service
in the Arkin cloud (SaaS).
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

The Arkin Platform and Cloud Service is an operations


and visualization platform.

Arkin does not provide a list of customers.

Compute Features and Capacity

N/A as the Arkin Platform is a visualization and


collaboration platform supporting the new converged
and hyperconverged data center technologies.

N/A as the Arkin Platform is a visualization and


collaboration platform supporting the new converged
and hyperconverged data center technologies.
Network Virtualization Features and Capacity
The Arkin platform provides a 360 degree view of
workloads including layer 3 connectivity through logical
and physical components such as routers, switches,
L2 networks and firewalls. The platform also supports
ECMP, VRRP, HSRP, GLBP and routing protocols like
OSPF, and BGP.

Storage Features and Capacity

Security Features
N/A as the Arkin Platform is a visualization and
collaboration platform supporting the new converged
and hyperconverged data center technologies.

Cumulus Networks DVC Converged Infrastructure


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Cumulus Networks
https://cumulusnetworks.com

https://cumulusnetworks.com/solutions/converged-infrastructures

Description of Product: Dell, VMware, and Cumulus Networks are partnering to deliver a converged infrastructure
solution that consists of VMware NSX with Cumulus Linux on Dell Open Networking switches. The solution is
available from Dell. Cumulus Linux is a Linux-based network operating system that runs on top of industry standard
networking hardware.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, KVM

https://cumulusnetworks.com/cumulus-linux/customers

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

This multivendor solution utilizes the Dell PowerEdge


blade servers and M1000e blade enclosures for the
compute components.

The Cumulus DVC solution supports Dells rapid access


to SAN-based media sources with fluid cache for
SAN in-server storage-caching technology, redundant
embedded hypervisors, fault-resilient memory and
multiple RAID options.

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity


Dell provides the S4810-ON and S6000-ON switches
for a scalable layer 3 underlay fabric and the S6000-ON
for L2 gateway functions. Cumulus Linux provides zerotouch network installation using ONIE, VXLAN support,
L2 gateway services, and integration with VMware NSX.

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Security Features
VMware NSX provides essential isolation, security and
the desired segmentation of network traffic where
communication is controlled through a policy. Security is
shrink-wrapped around each workload wherein faults &
threats are contained with micro-granularity.

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pica8, inc.

PicOS

www.pica8.com

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www.pica8.com/products/picos

Description of Product: PicOS eliminates vendor lock-in by delivering open, hardware-agnostic networking. Built on
Linux, PicOS incorporates a full Layer-2 and Layer-3 feature set with support for OpenFlow, OVSDB, and other key
SDN protocols such as VXLAN. PicOS enables customers to deliver differentiated network applications and services
on white box switches.
Hypervisors Supported

Customers

ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V, Xen

Factual, TOU-IX, Baidu, Yahoo! Japan

Compute Features and Capacity

Storage Features and Capacity

Pica8 sees white box switching hardware moving to x86


type CPUs to enable tool sharing between the server
and network sides of the data center.

Not Applicable

Network Virtualization Features and Capacity


PicOS has integration with OpenStack using a Neutron
plugin (https://github.com/Pica8) and with ODL. PicOS
has also been integrated with VMwares NSX, Midokura
and CPLANE using OVSDB.

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Security Features
PicOS supports expected switching security features
including SSH/SSL/TLS, TACACS+, AAA / Radius,
L2/L3/L4 ACLs, DoS protection, multi-level user
authentication and more.
Licensing/Pricing
www.pica8.com/products/picos

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