SimpliVity Review

It's an incredibly elegant solution that is built for the VM, not LUN, which delivers on the vision of VMware Virtual Volumes today.


Originally posted at http://blog.snsltd.co.uk/an-introduction-to-simplivity-omnicube-a-superior-hyper-converged-platform/ 

I have looked at many storage technologies over the last few years – these include All-Flash Arrays, Software-Defined Storage, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and Cloud Gateways.

The vendors of these products claim that they deliver something significantly better than what can be found in most data centres today, and in certain ways they do, but they always have a big list of areas that need significant improvement (one key example is that storage platforms that do not have 100% inline de-duplication and compression are starting to look “a bit long in the tooth”).

I have also studied VMware Virtual Volumes in depth and the vision of the technology is impressive, the problem is that the current 1.0 version does not deliver on this vision – we need the ability to manage everything at the VM level from the point of view of storage (i.e. capacity, performance and de-duplication/compression policies), backup (i.e. frequency, target and retention policies) and DR (i.e. replication policies).

In addition if we want to restore a VM (or some of its contents) we should be able to do it from within the hypervisor’s management tools and not require a 3rd party tool – true VM-centric management.

I have recently been looking into SimpliVity OmniCube Hyper-converged Infrastructure technology and it is without doubt the most well thought out platform I have ever seen – key features include:

Accelerated Data Efficiency

  • Improves performance using hardware-assisted always-on inline de-duplication, compression and I/O optimisation
  • Saves a single compressed copy of primary data on each cluster
  • Runs as a single node or HA pair without requiring costly 10GbE switches
  • Tolerates double disk failure within a single node
  • Supports 3rd-party hypervisor servers

Highly-Efficient VM-centric Backup, Replication and Recovery

  • Creates near instant local VM backups using simple but flexible backup policies
  • Replicates and moves VMs, and backups between sites by only moving data that does not already exist at the remote site
  • Near instantly restores local backups no matter the size of the VM
  • Restores remote backups by moving only data that does not already exist locally


Global VM-centric Unified Management

  • Is administered as a single global system from vCenter

In conclusion SimpliVity delivers an incredibly elegant solution that is built for the VM, not LUN, which delivers on the vision of VMware Virtual Volumes today.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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