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.
Time to get started.
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
- 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:
- Innovation in the cloud
- Clouds to accelerate new services.
- 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
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….