The first step to address the complexity of the datacenter began with Converged Infrastructure (CI)—the initial attempt to create a software-defined datacenter. Infrastructure started to abstract resources away from the physical machines they resided on and combined them into a virtual pool from which the resources would be distributed. With servers traditionally operating at only 20% capacity, virtualization of resources allowed the datacenter to optimize each server’s capacity—significantly reducing costs of operating the datacenter.
Converged Infrastructure improved the use and deployment of resources by virtualizing server’s compute capabilities. However, shortcomings in areas such as storage, networking, and scalability proved the solution to be limiting.Accomplishes
Hyperconverged Infrastructure builds on top of the virtualization of compute resources by virtualizing storage and eliminating the need for complex and expensive SANs. By virtualizing compute and storage, hyperconvergence solved the scalability issues that previously stifled progress. Gaining significant market adoption, hyperconvergence moved the dial closer towards a complete software-defined datacenter.
Although hyperconvergence eliminated much of the legacy infrastructure complexity and costs, industry analysts argue that hyperconvergence fails to address important business applications that do not virtualize well. Hyperconvergence created separate physical and virtual infrastructure and with limitations in network abstractions failed to create one seamless experience.Accomplishes
Infrastructure 3.0 bridges the gaps in previous efforts towards a unified software-defined datacenter experience. The new foundation recognizes the need to incorporate legacy infrastructure with virtualized infrastructure and seamlessly consolidates the best of old enterprise systems and modern technology. A breakthrough in network abstraction radically simplifies the datacenter by removing boundaries between physical and virtualized resources, datacenters, and the public cloud. Infrastructure 3.0 is the limitless datacenter. The following attributes are key components of Infrastructure 3.0:
1. Plug and play on open hardware
2. Distributed Control Plane
3. Micro-segmented Data Plane
4. Cloud Connected
In your datacenter, you should be the one deciding what hardware to use—not your solution provider. Brand premiums and hardware lock-ins force you into expensive, rigid solutions. Get back control with no limits or restrictions on what hardware you can use. Plug in an eFabric® controller to any x86 server and turn your regular servers into intelligent machines.
Imagine managing your diverse IT landscapes from one platform on any device, any place, at any time. Now, imagine that you don’t need to spend any money or time maintaining the platform. We deliver the control plane as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application to make these new capabilities a reality. Enjoy simplicity, while we take care of the rest.
Protecting your network means adding layers of security—not complexity. Breakthroughs in network abstraction and segmentation keep your datacenter protected within the perimeter and lets your teams collaborate without compromising security. Carveout virtual network zones to secure your network communications from a group to an individual workload level.
A hybrid cloud environment lets you take advantage of cloud efficiency and economics, while keeping mission critical workloads in-house. Continuous cloud connectivity lets you easily push off work-intensive or unexpected workloads to the cloud on-demand saving you money and time. Infrastructure 3.0 seamlessly integrates with the public cloud of your choice, so you have all the cloud benefits at your fingertips.