Software Defined Data Center for Enterprises

HTBase Briefing Note

The term Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) has been around for a few years now. But pinning down exactly what the term means can be a challenge as each vendor seems to have their own definition of the term. What the enterprise is looking for is a software solution that allows the use of a variety of server, storage and networking hardware. The reality is most SDDC solutions only provide some aspect of what enterprises desire.

Software Defined Data Center Requirements

A complete SDDC solution should virtualize compute, storage and networking, freeing the organization from hardware vendor and hypervisor lock-in. The key payoff of a SDDC is flexibility. It should allow IT to almost instantly adapt to anything the organization throws at it or to any change in market conditions that present the opportunity for the data center to reduce costs, improve response time or both. SDDC solutions should also encompass more than one location or data center deployment methods, ranging from on-premises to the cloud. Armed with these capabilities IT can become truly agile.

Enterprise Class Hyperconvergence – HTBase Hypertask

HTBase claims to be a Enterprise Defined Data Center solution and seems to deliver the capabilities that enterprises are after. It delivers products through the HyperTask umbrella and include a Hypervisor, OneCloud and a Software Defined Storage (SDS) solution, HyperTask File System. In addition to OneCloud, HTbase supports a variety of other hypervisors with its file system.

The SDS solution includes the features you’d expect like deduplication, automated tiering (including between local and cloud disks) and data protection. It also has something you don’t see very often; complete quality of service (QoS). QoS allows an administrator to hard set how many IOPS a workload can receive. QoS extends beyond just storage I/O to compute and network throttling as well.

The OneCloud Hypervisor can run on-premises and in a variety of cloud providers like Amazon, Google and Azure. When it runs in the cloud it is essentially a VM running inside a VM. The value is that live migrations can be done between an on-premises implementation and a cloud implementation.

StorageSwiss Take

Hyperconverged solutions deliver only part of the SDDC promise, they simplify the implementation and scaling of a virtualized environment but most solutions require that you buy the hardware and software from them as a single implementation. They also tend to be fairly rigid in what hardware can be used and very rigid in which hypervisors IT can use. HTBase delivers a highly flexible environment that can use any combination of server hardware or pure software on top of existing hardware, a variety of hypervisors, a choice of cloud providers and a capable storage layer. The combination leads to a solution that enterprises should strongly consider as they plan their move towards IT modernization.

Eight years ago George Crump, founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal. To educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is and a heavily sought after public speaker. With 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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