I am sitting in Las Vegas , at a round table with some great colleagues today. No not at a poker table, but at yet another Tech Field Day.

A Few of the delegates.

@MBLeib 

also we have  at the table and and in the room!

Yes it’s  !

 

Time to get started.

 

Kicking it off is Gabriel Chapman @Bacon_Is_King

 

 

 

What is HCI.

 

Easy to buy

Simple to setup correctly

consolidates management & mait

Make private clouds easy

one throat to choke

easy to plan and scale

pay as you go expansion & economics

Rapidly respond to business demands

 

 

What is the differences between converged and HCI? Parts? self deployed vs built for the customer. Scale up vs Scale out.

 

Will we see a Mega Deployed in the future? Focus on a single platform and hardware Independence? Gabe thinks so.

 

Hypervisor and storage combined on Bare Metal. This gives us consolidated management. perhaps 1.0

 

 

Next we have Independent Hypervisor and Storage. Lets call this HCI 2.0

 

HCI Architectural options.

 

Deployed as a VM.

  • Time to market
  • Low entry point
  • Multiple hypervisors
  • Easy to buy
  • Simple to install
  • Consolidated management

 

Hypervisor based.

  • Feature Integration
  • Less overhead

 

Independent Compute and Storage

  • Flexibility & Scale
  • Enterprise Storage
  • Bare Metal workload is a option

 

Lets not get bogged down with definitions.

 

 

Netapp has the following focuses:

Inspire

  • Innovation in the cloud

Build

  • Clouds to accelerate new services.

Modernize

  • IT Architecture with Cloud-Connected flash.

 

 

Digital Transformation is driving new IT Imperatives.

 

Gabe claims it’s the battle of the harts and minds, as the public cloud comes into the data center. A example is snowball.

 

Netapp HCI focused on Customer Challenges.

 

  • Deliver Applications Faster
  • Operate Like Public Cloud
  • Provide Predictable Performance

 

Will the future of Netapp’s HCI be all cloud services on a local on-prep HCI offering?

Gabe and our delegates think it’s a future possibility.

 

Netapp HCI uses the solidfire technology, you can mix the storage nodes with a HCI storage cluster. It’s the same solution.

 

Netapp HCI Product Vision

 

Integrate Cloud Services.

Tackle new challanges

Enterprise scale HCI

 

 

Netapp Data Fabric

  • Integration at each step.

 

Extend Netapp Cloud Services

Expanded compute configurations.

New Trition nodes, GPU Accelerated Nodes.

Streamlined Infrastructure mgmt

Advanced Data Protection

Layered Security

Bundled Switch

Data Fabric

Netapp Open Shift Validated Design almost live

 

Looking to get to a 2 x 2 node configuration. 2x Computer, 2x Storage, and 2x witness nodes. Exploring options.

 

No Fiber Channel over token ring support. tehehe….

 

Thanks Gabe!

 

 

Written by Roger Lund

VMware and Storage crazy man, vExpert, MN VMUG leader