IBM | June 01, 2020
Many enterprise hardware vendors continue to offer compelling converged infrastructure products, even though the technology has been largely forgotten.
Hype-converged infrastructure, disaggregated hyper converged infrastructure and composable infrastructure have received considerable attention for their innovative capabilities.
Both technologies bring together compute, storage and network resources that the vendor of the infrastructure certifies for use with one another.
Over the past year or so, technologies such as hyper-converged infrastructure, disaggregated hyper-converged infrastructure and composable infrastructure have received considerable attention for their innovative capabilities. But at the same time, many enterprise hardware vendors continue to offer compelling converged infrastructure products, even though the technology has been largely forgotten. Here, we examine the latest happenings from six established converged infrastructure vendors -- Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Hitachi Vantara, IBM, NetApp and Pure Storage -- and address where it still makes the most sense to use CI technology. What's the difference between converged and hyper-converged infrastructure?
Before discussing the various converged infrastructure systems, let's briefly examine the difference between converged infrastructure and hyper-converged infrastructure. Both technologies bring together compute, storage and network resources that the vendor of the infrastructure certifies for use with one another. But a hyper-converged system is designed to function only as a cohesive unit. In contrast, a converged infrastructure is made up of off-the-shelf components that can be used individually, if needed. How is a converged infrastructure deployed? There are two ways to deploy a converged infrastructure. One option is to purchase a prebuilt system where the vendor provides compute, storage and networking hardware, along with a hypervisor and management software. Everything comes preconfigured, which simplifies setup.
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Converged infrastructure systems help reduce hardware deployment risks by providing a preconfigured software stack, which greatly reduces the risk of configuration errors.
~ Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
The other option is to build a converged infrastructure based on a reference architecture, which is essentially a list of hardware that the vendor that provides the architecture certifies for use in a CI configuration. Building a converged infrastructure system from a reference architecture is usually more complex than purchasing a prebuilt product. But the benefit of this approach is that it enables an organization to select the hardware that's best suited to its unique needs. In some cases, a reference architecture may even give an organization the opportunity to repurpose hardware it already owns. There are numerous advantages to deploying a converged infrastructure. First, it reduces the risks commonly associated with hardware deployment.
Organizations also commonly use converged infrastructure as a platform for hosting virtual desktops. Converged infrastructure platforms are also becoming popular for use with data analytics and machine learning workloads.
The vendor that provides the architecture certifies the components are compatible and configures the software stack. Deploying a converged infrastructure can also simplify the process of getting technical support. Because the vendor that provides the infrastructure tests and validates it for compatibility, it lessens the odds that vendor finger-pointing will become an issue. If an organization purchases a prebuilt converged infrastructure product, it may even receive a single point of contact for technical support, although this is more common with hyper-converged systems. Another benefit is that initial deployment and long-term scalability may be greatly simplified. If an organization orders a CI deployment as a package -- as opposed to using a reference architecture -- the package will include everything it needs to get the system up and running. The organization shouldn't encounter any surprises such as needing extra software licenses or an obscure cable that isn't included in the package.
When it's time to scale the deployment, an organization only needs to add storage or nodes. Similarly, it may be possible to replace aging components with newer components, which is an especially compelling benefit, since most hyper-converged systems don't allow individual components to be upgraded. Converged infrastructure systems are designed to be turnkey and made up of standardized components. But there's more to converged infrastructure than just the hardware. One of the most important features is the management and monitoring software, which has been specifically built for use with the converged system. This software typically automates various deployment and maintenance tasks and monitors system components for problems. In some cases, the management software can automatically remediate certain types of problems. In most cases, converged systems also include a hypervisor from VMware, Nutanix or Microsoft.
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Innodisk | September 24, 2021
5G and AIoT need more speed and more capacity. And PCIe 4.0 delivers, doubling the speed of PCIe 3.0 and providing the much-needed performance boost to keep pace with innovation and industry trends. Not only speed and capacity, but tolerance of wide-range temperature is also crucial. Consumer-grade products aren't tough enough to withstand the high temperatures of outdoor and industrial settings, so Innodisk is introducing the first industrial-grade PCIe 4.0 SSDs built to handle those challenging conditions.
PCIe 4.0 increases the maximum capacity to 4TB, doubles the bandwidth, and raises the speed to 16 GT/s which is twice that of PCIe Gen3. Although third-generation PCIe offered only modest speed increases over the popular SATA III for storage applications, it did provide the much sought-after advantages of full forward and backward compatibility. PCIe 4.0 retains that coveted compatibility while also adding noticeable speed increases.
The recently announced industrial-grade PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe SSD series features 112-layer 3D TLC technology, offers temperature tolerance from -40 to 85℃, supports AES-256 encryption, and is compliant with TCG OPAL 2.0. This new series also utilizes NVMe technology that provides a necessary performance boost and other technological advancements encompassed in NVMe. One notable innovation is Namespace technology, which delivers better read and write efficiency and a longer SSD lifetime.
Being the No.1 global industrial-grade SSD provider, Innodisk is bringing its industrial prowess to the table and plans to implement Namespace technology for its future releases and once again upgrade its industrial-grade solutions. Industrial strength is important for outdoor use, which is increasingly common with higher density 5G infrastructure and critical for industrial use, where temperatures are high. Some specific applications include smart street lights, 5G mmWave, security inspection cameras, and 5G internet hosting.
PCIe 4.0 is a relatively new technology, system integrators, and industry experts are keeping their eye on future developments, providing plenty of room for early entry into this opportunity.
Innodisk is a service-driven provider of flash memory, DRAM modules, and embedded peripheral products for industrial and enterprise applications.
Ericsson | March 15, 2021
Ericsson has been chosen by Telenet as their 5G radio access organization (RAN) supplier, bringing wide-arriving at advantages of 5G to Belgium. As a component of their extended association, Telenet will utilize Ericsson's innovation initiative to modernize their current organization, just as convey essential 5G availability.
This most recent agreement incorporates the full modernization of Telenet's current RAN (2G/3G/4G) with Ericsson Radio System items and arrangements and the organization of 5G innovation across the country.
Telenet's clients will profit by advances whose maximum capacity will be released with the rollout of 5G, like AR, VR, and IoT applications.
Micha Berger, CTIO Telenet, says: "We are just before a following stage in our mechanical development. 5G is far beyond a radio innovation framework - it is the motor for development and openings for alternate methods of working, computerization and investigation. However, similarly as with any cutting edge everything begins with building up an elite organization. Picking the correct providers and accomplices is urgent. I'm along these lines satisfied to have the option to cooperate with Ericsson to carry out a future-evidence portable organization in Belgium that will give all our private and expert clients with the most ideal client experience. This organization and participation between parties is novel and will keep us at the core of development with front line innovation."
As per a 2021 Analysys Mason report investigating the expenses and advantages of 5G topographical inclusion in Europe, there is potential EUR 250 billion advantage for European GDP through a full rollout of 5G.