Today I’m pleased to announce some exciting new features that i’ve been looking forward to since I joined SimpliVity 3 months ago. Today we announced version 3.0 of our OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform. This new version provides improvements across the board as well as additional features. There’s something for everyone!
Under the hood, improvements have been made that have generated, on average, a 30% performance gain in high IO workloads such as exchange and SQL. Improvements have also been made to dramatically increase the number of cubes you can have in single datacenter and a federation, allowing for greater datacenter consolidation.
Unified Protected ROBO Solution
The first new change to OmniStack revolves around a new Unified Protected ROBO Solution with 2 goals in mind: (A) Unified management of all remote sites and (B) Ease of data protection for all remote sites. With that in mind, a new Hub-and-Spoke topology was designed into the product.
This new design will cut down on the amount of cross chatter from remote sites by only communicating directly with the central cluster, freeing up bandwidth for essential traffic. During deployment of the federation, the hub-and-spoke architecture will automatically detect its configuration and add remote sites to the federation without the need for user interaction.
With a new solution, comes a new product, and this is a perfect opportunity to showcase the new CN-1200!
As you can guess from the model number, this is our smallest offering yet, perfect for ROBO sites that need to run only a handful of critical apps. This new, smaller OmniCube gives you all the same data protection features you get with its bigger brethren. I will have a single 8 core CPU, a fixed amount of hard drives, and 2 options for available ram.
File Level Restore
While the VM centric approach to backups allows users to backup and restore the entire VM at a time, there are instances where that becomes more work than is really needed. As a power user, there have been plenty of opportunities where i have needed to restore just a single file, but rolling back an entire system just wasn’t an option.
With the click of a button, administrators can take a single file in windows operating system backups and present them to any VM in the system. This was a huge feature request from our customers and I’m glad we were able to deliver on it!
In addition to the new backup and restore option, a range of changes have been made to administering backups. Administrators can now do the following to help accommodate changes to business needs:
- Edit existing Backup Policies Rules
- Edit retention time for existing backups
- Set retention time for manual backups at creation
- Create new policy and assign to VMs in bulk
- Resume/suspend backup policies for maintenance
- Predicted Total Backup Reporting
- CLI improvements for enhanced scripting capabilities
New Top Workload Viewer
For the user who wants to get more metrics and reporting out of their solution, SimpliVity has added a new top workload viewer to the datacenter overview tab.
Users can now click on on the performance chart and get a detailed report of what contributed to that metric! For users trying to figure out what is sucking down all the available resources, you no longer have to turn to an add on solution like vROps.
New Deployment Manager
Not every enhancement we worked in was for the end user, this one is for the partners doing deployments.
This new deployment manager will speed up installs by allowing partners to deploy multiple nodes in parallel!
A New Partnership
Last week SimpliVity announced a new partnership to deliver even more choice to customers. The OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform has been extended onto Lenovo hardware in 3 offerings for small, medium, and large depending on customers needs.
This new offering builds on the concept of being hardware agnostic. We now have 3 different offerings at each size.
As you can see, SimpliVity has made enhancements to all aspects of the hyperconverged solution. If you’d like to see these in action, hit me up and i’d be happy to give you a live demo of the new features. If you’ll be at VMworld, be sure to check out our booth and for those of you who won’t be able to attend, we have a virtual experience where you can see everything SimpliVity has to offer.
Be sure to check back here often as I have more to share in the future!