Agile Infrastructure for the Next Generation Data Center

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Delivering the promise of a Next Generation Data Center that is more agile, scalable, automated, and predictable without the resources of an Amazon or a Google, is a daunting challenge for any enterprise or service provider. The explosion of converged and “hyper-converged” infrastructure offerings that seek to integrate software and hardware in one easy-to-deploy and manageable system is a clear indication that CIOs are seeking a simpler path. But far too often these converged infrastructure solutions come with a steep cost – strong lock-in to a vendor’s hardware and software stack, no easy “exit-door” short of complete replacement, and no ability to pick “best of breed” components based on a customer’s unique needs.

The desire to avoid lock-in is a clear driver behind OpenStack, which brings the promise of an open, interoperable “operating system” for the Next Generation Data Center. And although OpenStack has matured significantly over nine releases, building an OpenStack-powered infrastructure is still a serious DIY effort for most users. What if there was a way to combine the best attributes of converged infrastructure offerings with the openness of OpenStack?

That is exactly what we have delivered with SolidFire Agile Infrastructure (AI). Announced today at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, SolidFire AI is a series of pre-validated converged infrastructure designs that are thoroughly tested and validated. SolidFire AI takes a best-of-breed approach to converged infrastructure, combining SolidFire’s scale-out storage system with leading compute, networking and orchestration technologies that dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of deploying a cloud infrastructure for enterprise-class data centers. AI is intended to help accelerate time-to-value for operators and administrators deploying a functional cloud infrastructure.

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With SolidFire AI for OpenStack, our team has collaborated with Red Hat and Dell to deliver a converged infrastructure design for customers looking to rapidly deploy a functional OpenStack cloud infrastructure. SolidFire AI for OpenStack is built specifically for dynamic IT-as-a-Service-style offerings, such as self-service Test & Development or private cloud. The reference design we have delivered today is the result of an extensive configuration design, testing and validation effort. The results speak for themselves.

Beyond simply delivering a great platform for the Next Generation Data Center, SolidFire AI’s unique value lies in its completely open architecture that eliminates lock-in. As customers’ data center needs evolve, any component of AI can easily be upgraded, augmented or replaced. The OpenStack-based architecture easily allows different servers, networking, and yes, even storage, to be plugged in alongside the initial configuration. And because the hardware isn’t proprietary, even the software stack can be changed out to a different OpenStack distribution, or a different orchestration layer entirely, without sacrificing the infrastructure investment.

To learn more about SolidFire AI, come visit us this week at the OpenStack Design Summit in Atlanta (Booth A1) or visit our SolidFire AI Solutions Page. If you can’t make it to Atlanta, don’t worry, we will bring AI to you. We have a seven-city roadshow, “OpenStack & Enterprise Roadshow” kicking off on June 4th in London. Check out the Roadshow Schedule or schedule a discussion with our team today.

-Dave Wright, CEO, SolidFire

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