For faster, simpler, and more efficient IT
“The concept of the integrated system is nothing new, yet the power of customer pull for this class of system has defined a new era and, thus, a new opportunity for data centre infrastructure vendors,” reveals a report by Gartner¹. But while enterprises now have a profusion of choice in terms of integrated systems, which bring together computer, networking, server virtualisation and storage, the market is constantly changing and evolving. Gartner also notes “traditional blade- and SAN-based integrated systems are now being joined by hyperconverged integrated systems, while disaggregated systems and software-defined anything are set to transform the market further.” If you enlist the expertise of DSI, your business can negotiate the increasingly complex path to integrated systems. We listen carefully to our clients’ unique requirements and objectives to implement the right solution, which will make for faster, simpler, and more efficient IT. With integrated systems you can:
Enjoy faster deployment and time to market
Reduce the cost of management and support
Remove your organisation from an ageing, siloed infrastructure
Automate and optimise IT operations
Build a future-ready, open environment
To learn more about integrated systems or to book an IT infrastructure transformation workshop, call one of DSI’s consultants today.
Oracle Engineered Systems
Taking converged infrastructure higher with a vertically integrated stack
Designed and built to tackle the challenges faced by modern businesses, engineered systems provide integration and optimisation at every layer of the IT stack, from storage to database and even the cloud. Engineered systems can unify computing strategies, simplify an increasingly complex IT environment, and establish a secure yet scalable platform for future growth.
Oracle is DSI’s partner of choice when it comes to engineered systems. Its unique engineered systems are:
Purpose-built for critical enterprise applications
Truly integrated, delivering single-vendor operations, updates, support, contracts, and more
Managed at all layers of the IT stack from a single pane of glass
An all-encompassing and complete product
Extremely secure with defences built-in from the chip to the cloud
Architected from application to storage by a single engineering team
Designed to work with the Oracle Cloud
Engineered systems DSI provide include:
Oracle Database Appliance - An engineered system of software, servers, storage, and networking that offers a simple, reliable, low-cost package for midrange database workloads.
Oracle Exadata Database Machine - Its architecture features scale-out industry-standard database servers and intelligent storage servers, and a high-speed InfiniBand internal fabric that connects all servers and storage.
Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine - The first engineered system featuring in-memory software and hardware and an optimised business intelligence platform with advanced visualisation.
Oracle SuperCluster - Advanced security features coupled with a secure and cost-effective cloud infrastructure.
Converged and Hyper-Converged Solutions
Realise greater value and efficiency when deploying fully integrated solutions
Say goodbye to the days of makeshift data centre systems while contending with complex hardware, software, and data integration at the same time. Both converged and hyper-converged systems enable you to utilise integrated computer, storage, and network gear as one unit, bringing untold business benefits for your data centre systems.
Converged infrastructure - Bring together compute, storage, networking and server virtualisation into a single chassis that you can manage centrally. This can also include VDI management, depending on the configuration and vendor.
Hyper-Converged infrastructure - Includes the same four aspects that come with converged infrastructure, but sometimes adds more components, which can include backup software, snapshot capabilities, data deduplication, inline compression, WAN optimisation and more.
The difference between converged infrastructure and hyper-converged infrastructure
Essentially, the easiest way to differentiate between converged and hyper-converged infrastructure is that the former has a hardware-focused, building-block approach, whereas the latter comes from a software-defined perspective.
Each of the components found within the building blocks of converged infrastructure is discrete and can be used independently for their intended purposes. To give an example, the server can be separated and used strictly as a server.
On the other hand, the technology of software-defined hyper-converged infrastructure is completely integrated, which means it cannot be broken down into individual components.
Benefits of converged infrastructure
Plug-and-play - Seeing as converged infrastructure comprises of standalone components, which can be decoupled and used discretely, it is essentially a plug-and-play solution. This also means it is invariably cheaper too.
Reduced support and maintenance - Its architecture features scale-out industry-standard database servers and intelligent storage servers, and a high-speed InfiniBand internal fabric that connects all servers and storage.
Improved agility and efficiency - IT components are consolidated into a single platform with centralised management, which can help reduce costs and increase utilisation but also lead to improved agility and efficiency.
Better compatibility - Consolidated infrastructure from a single vendor means that compatibility issues can be completely eliminated. Yet again, this helps to keep costs down and can streamline the management of data centres.
Simple purchasing and deployment - When compared with traditional architectural environments, the purchasing and deployment of converged infrastructure is much more straightforward, as all components are housed in a single box.
Eliminate silos - The ability to eliminate silos of technology, processes, and people means that you can avoid the traditional difficulties associated with data centre management.
Scalability - You can quickly and effortlessly design, build, and maintain specific segments of a virtualisation stack according to your own expanding requirements.
Benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure
Fewer hardware issues - With hyper-converged infrastructure, there are no discrete IT components, fewer moving parts, and fewer hardware issues. All services and infrastructure are combined below the hypervisor within a single, shared pool of x86 resources.
Centralised management - Via a single interface, you benefit from the centralised management of virtual environments, which helps cut responsibilities and increase productivity.
Efficient resources - Maximum CPU resources are available at all times as hyper-converged infrastructure will eliminate duplicate services and devices, save IPOS, and offload intensive processing from x86 processors.
Better backups - Hyper-converged infrastructure does not need third-party replication or backup software and hardware because of the virtual machine.
Reduces costs - Along with cloud-level economics, hyper-converged infrastructure can also offer streamlined acquisition, deployment, support, and management of the solution.
Greater mobility - By shifting management over to apps and virtual machines, hyper-converged infrastructure can bring about greater mobility.
Human error - Hyper-converged infrastructure not only cuts down on labour-intensive activities, it can also reduce the risk of over-provisioning and over-purchasing from IT staff.
Partner solutions that DSI provide include:
VxRail - Based on VMware’s vSphere and Virtual SAN, and EMC software, VxRail delivers an all-in-one IT infrastructure transformation by leveraging a known and proven building block for the Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC).
HPE Hyperconverged 250 System - An all-in-one, pre-integrated and configured solution that lets you transform traditional IT and capitalise on the advantages of hybrid IT.
SimpliVity - Delivering enterprise performance, protection, and resiliency, with greater economics and cost savings than public cloud.
FlexPod solutions from NetApp and Cisco - Groundbreaking all-flash technology from NetApp and Cisco can redefine the way your IT department delivers value - simplifying operations and delivering superior application performance.
For more information or to discuss your requirements with a consultant, get in touch with DSI today, call: +44 (0) 845 006 7777