Getting small has always been big. In the 80’s Rick Moranis shrunk his kids. Matt Damon downsized a couple of years ago to party with a giant-sized bottle of vodka. And today, tiny houses are all the rage.  Hyper-Consolidation has happened throughout time. The same goes for the tech industry – can you believe how much storage is in phones these days?!

Tiny Matt Damon: Extreme HCIFor enterprise technology, we’ve been working to consolidate infrastructures since the 80’s.  Processors and storage arrays became more powerful with smaller footprints that reduced costs and cooling requirements.  We’ve also been working to consolidate and virtualize workloads onto fewer servers. As pieces and parts move closer together we see huge performance “consolidation” in lower latency. But what we still haven’t seen in the server industry specifically is a hyper-consolidation of storage, networking, and compute to the degree that enterprise workloads and budgets need.  

Even as more enterprise organizations adopt hyper-converged infrastructure solutions for their databases, VDI, single-use workloads,they are still hesitant to introduce tier 1 applications demanding performance and storage IO intensive applications into an HCI. HCI offers multiple benefits that would serve an enterprise organization – simplicity being the #1.

Although you have specialization in all things storage, networking, and compute within an organization doesn’t mean you couldn’t better deploy those resources against something other than managing a complex SAN infrastructure environment. The folks at SEORMC sure didn’t want to continue down that path.

Extreme HCI

You may be saying “we have too many data-intensive workloads,” ” we require too much storage per node,” “hyper-converged infrastructure won’t work for us.” But all that is changing with Axellio’s FabricXpress HCI platform. Hyper-consolidation, not just consolidation, is here – and it’s time to take another look at HCI for your enterprise. Axellio’s FabricXpress is HCI 2.0 – or extreme HCI – where we consolidate servers with a hypervisor and at the same time, we can consolidate our storage in a much smaller footprint closer to the server for better performance and much greater capacities, in a significantly smaller footprint.  

Now we have 16-node clusters that can support up to 3 PBs of protected storage in an array that takes up half a rack in the space of a single floor tile. Ten years ago, that same 3 PBs would have required 10 arrays spanning eight floor tiles. That configuration 10 years ago would have exceeded $50 million vs $3 million today.  In this extreme hyper-consolidation HCI setting, enterprise organizations are finally able to run concurrent large scale applications like ERP, CRM and resource planning apps, including the accompanying data.  

Hyper-Consolidation in HCI equates to smaller clusters of larger servers – which has a huge impact on TCO.

Architecture Sans the SAN

Before Axellio, an enterprise company with large data-intensive storage needs used to do all their storage in a 3-2-1 traditional SAN architecture (3 servers, 2 switches, 1 SAN) and were likely uncomfortable transferring all of those large databases and their VDI and their ERP into a single HCI cluster, which could handle only single-use workloads.  

But what we’re offering with Axellio HCI 2.0 is so much different than traditional HCI or HCI 1.0. With our extreme HCI, hardware matters. We have enough storage devices within our server to allow for throughput and low latency that hasn’t been seen in HCI before, with multiple workloads running on top of it. And this extreme HCI 2.0 is driving what we see as hyper-consolidation – a whole lot of power and capacity in an extremely small footprint.

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