Netsocket Makes Move From UC to SDN

Network World – There are two trends happening in the IT hardware market, each gaining momentum but offering very different ways of outfitting   data centers.

On the one hand, companies with enormous data centers such as Facebook, Rackspace, Google and Goldman Sachs are creating their   own compute, storage and network devices using cheap, commodity components. The pieces are built to a standard – organized   by the Open Compute Project (OCP) – to ensure they interoperate, and they are then are assembled to create hardware that is   finely tuned to the specific needs of an organization. This “disaggregation” of hardware allows one company to have a system   that is optimized for high-storage capacity with low CPU, for example, while another company could customize the hardware   for intense reading capabilities, but low writing.290x195sdn1[1]

Contrast that with another trend gaining momentum: convergence. Systems like the vBlock from VCE combine technology form EMC,   Cisco and VMware, while other companies like Simplivity, Nutanix and others offer converging hardware components for compute, networking and storage in a single system, optimized   to work together and packaged as a single offering. These “data centers in a box,” as some call them, reduce the complexity   of installing hardware, proponents say, and allow for easy scale-up.

“They are diverging paths, but they’re both happening for the right reasons,” says David Cappuccio, who advises clients on   data center designs as a Gartner analyst.

The convergence trend is being fueled by legacy vendors who want to own more of the data center stack, he says. There are   benefits from the customer standpoint, too, though. If an enterprise IT department is an HP, Cisco or IBM shop, getting converged   hardware from their vendor of choice gives them one throat to choke, and a single vendor relationship to manage. It’s a “best   of brand” approach of buying hardware from a single vendor versus a “best of breed” model of getting hardware components from   multiple vendors, he says.

Simplivity has created the OmniCube, a hyper-converged system that does the work of up to a dozen appliances – including compute,   storage, networking, deduplication, backup and WAN optimization – all in one. Instead of buying multiple hardware devices   from many vendors, Simplivity sells a single system that’s hypervisor and hardware agnostic. “It’s a stack that takes commodity   resources and harnesses them together for easy management,” says Doron Kempel, founder of the company.

Meanwhile, OCP backers are looking to make hardware cheaper and more standardized. Large web-scale shops work directly with   original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to get the cheapest price point, then buy in bulk. They assemble the systems using   cookie-cutter-like precision. Most recently, at Interop this year, OCP announced it would begin working on open source networking   components, in addition to the compute, storage and data center design work the OCP has focused on.

Thank you, TiA


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