This section includes intelligent software that runs on servers and both manages and optimizes the storage, compute and networking infrastructure. The combination of these technologies is called Software Designed Infrastructure (SDI). SDI separates the functionality, by turning it into software, from the hardware that executes it, thus giving you a solution to issues such as oversight, utilization and interoperability.
Software Defined Storage (SDS) came into prominence at the beginning of Intel’s Sandy Bridge introduction. These Intel CPU chips were more powerful than the traditional hardware RAID controllers being used at the time and allowed for the software to incorporate higher functionality modules like snapshots & replication, deduplication & compression, thin provisioning and other higher level features across a wider range of hardware configurations. SDS solutions also allow you to run the different types of storage solutions (block – SAN, DAS / file – NAS, NFS & CIFS), object, distributed and clustered) on whatever hardware that you choose. SDS ranges from lower end / lower cost, unified storage software that runs block and file level on the same hardware to multi location, distributed, clustered file systems that feed directly into analytics engines running Spark and Hadoop. We integrate these products onto server / storage configurations that we deliver as turnkey solutions or onto your existing hardware. We also work directly with the manufacturers of both the hardware and software to follow the reference architecture documentation and the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) for best practices.
The 2nd category within Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) is Software Defined Networking (SDN). These solutions, whether standalone or integrated into a Hyper Converged Solution, separate and virtualize the networking configuration to server hardware and then run it out through the most efficient channel. This decoupling of the decision making from the delivery allows the user to create virtualized networking schemes that can be managed separately from the delivery. The days of figuring out spaghetti style wiring schemes are over!
The 3rd category of SDI covers the portion of the infrastructure that supports the computing, VM, function. These many solutions are usually called the Hypervisors and include products like Microsoft’s Hyper-V, VMware and Red Hat. Please look at our Virtualization section for more info on these products.
Please call us to discuss your storage, analytics & file server requirements before deciding which path to take.