Storage array based architectures such as SAN and NAS improved your storage utilization and performance over DAS. However, they also made it difficult for you to manage and monitor high network overheads, while meeting changing business demands.
Conventional arrays are designed keeping predictable performance in mind. Thus, an unexpected spurt in users pushes their limits. They don’t meet the needs of today’s dynamic applications and restrict the types of applications that can be developed and deployed.
- In the 8kpc platform, architecture data is spread across independent nodes in the cluster – with no shared disk for computation. VMs have their own localized data that improves performance.
- There is no data contention and large mixed-workloads can be run in the same cluster, enabling massive consolidation of existing infrastructure silos, easing management complexity and improving compliance and service levels.
- Managing the entire infrastructure stack with a single, intuitive web-based interface leads to a more productive and flexible IT organization. Generalists can now manage the datacenter without any need for special training and skills.
- Data-protection and high-availability features eliminate the need for a whole set of point products and associated overheads. Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) can be easily met and exceeded. The 8kpc HCI solution is highly scalable, making it possible to buy infrastructure on demand without any additional cost implications.
- Replacing the existing 3-tier infrastructure with the 8kpc appliance leads to dramatic reductions in power and cooling costs of the datacenter.