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Datacenter Modernization

Modernizing Your Datacenter with an Intelligent, Policy-Based HCI Platform


With data playing an increasingly central role in informing business decisions, IT
organizations have become central to business success. IT is increasingly managing more data and providing services of increasingly complex nature to more and more stakeholders to support critical business objectives. At the same time, most datacenters are saddled with rigid, inefficient siloes of proprietary and legacy technology stacks deployed over time to address specific application needs. These legacy heterogeneous infrastructure and application architectures severely impair the abilities of IT organizations to respond to dynamic business needs and provide agile services to their stakeholders. As a result, many IT organizations are looking to modernize their datacenters to ensure they are able to meet the growing needs of businesses in an agile and efficient manner.

In order to modernize their datacenters, IT organizations must standardize, consolidate and automate their datacenter processes and underlying infrastructure. This includes transitioning to industry-standard hardware with open-standard protocols and integrated management and orchestration, consolidating workloads and applications on common shared infrastructure, and integrating and automating various provisioning, performance management and orchestration workflows though customizable software-defined controls. Traditional infrastructure is fundamentally inadequate for today’s highly virtualized and dense datacenter architectures. Not only is it poorly equipped to meet the performance needs of large, diverse consolidated environments, it is also often based on non-standard, non-extensible technologies, which adds unnecessary complexity and inefficiencies. Modern datacenters require an intelligent approach to infrastructure that delivers the software-defined, policy-based management tools that facilitate automation.

Intelligent Foundation for Modern Datacenters

Many enterprises are looking at hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) as a modular, industry-standard infrastructure foundation for their datacenter modernization projects. Pivot3 HCI optimizes these deployments by providing an intelligent, policy-based and high-performance foundation that reduces footprint, simplifies management and enhances IT agility.

Consolidate Mixed Application Workloads Confidently

A key requirement for modernizing datacenters is to collapse siloes and consolidate workloads on shared infrastructure. These workloads often have disparate performance characteristics and business criticality. Pivot3 HCI simplifies consolidation by providing a high-performance platform that is governed by its Intelligence Engine. Its NVMe flash-optimized, multitier distributed architecture enables sub-millisecond response times for applications, while its policy-based Quality of Service prioritizes resources based on policies and access patterns to ensure the right workloads and datasets get the right resources. This policy-based framework helps align IT with business objectives by prioritizing workloads and ensuring guaranteed SLA compliance.

Pivot3 Architecture
Enhance Agility with Policy-based Automation

Automating cumbersome datacenter processes with a policy-based approach is a critical element of datacenter modernization, as it helps IT teams become more agile in how they manage infrastructure and applications, while quickly responding to changing business needs. Pivot3’s policy-based Intelligence Engine governs multiple aspects, including data placement, data security and data protection. These capabilities enable IT to categorize workloads to align with business objectives and ensure guaranteed SLA compliance without operational complexity. Pivot3 solutions are highly extensible with REST APIs and provide extensive support for standards-based, third-party technologies and tools that enable modern cloud capabilities and workflow automation. Additionally, Pivot3 Cloud Edition enables hybrid cloud capabilities with native public cloud connectivity and replication. With Pivot3, you can build a modern policy-based private cloud foundation in your datacenters while ensuring easy accessibility to your public cloud assets.

Simple Flexible Scalability

scales predictably and performs seamlessly at any scale. Pivot3 is a leader when it comes to large-scale HCI deployments, with many deployments of over 10PB in production. Pivot3’s distributed architecture optimizes scaling as it aggregates all resources—storage, compute, bandwidth and distributed cache—to form a unified resource pool. As new nodes are added to an existing cluster, storage capacity, IO capacity and bandwidth available to applications scale seamlessly and datasets are redistributed to take advantage of added resources. With a wide choice of form factors, including storage- and compute-optimized nodes, Pivot3 offers flexible, predictable scalability to accommodate specific needs so organizations can start small and grow with confidence. As your organization’s environments expand, Pivot3 allows you to manage multiple Pivot3 clusters in multiple locations from a single, centralized management interface to ensure manageability at scale.

Simplified Management and Lower Infrastructure Footprint

With stagnant or declining IT budgets and environmental mandates, reducing IT footprint has become a top priority for many enterprises. Pivot3 helps reduce total cost and footprint by removing resource bottleneck and consolidating up to 3X the VMs per node than alternatives while delivering ultra-low response times. Pivot3’s patented EC, a technology it uses to achieve fault tolerance, enables up to 82% usable capacity compared to less than 50% on common HCI platforms. Rich data services that include data reduction technologies, thin provisioning, and space efficient snapshots and clones reduce capacity requirements further. Pivot3 HCI solutions also integrate with your existing infrastructure effortlessly with industry-standard iSCSI connectivity, and they fit seamlessly into your datacenter management practices and cloud delivery frameworks with integrated management and monitoring capabilities with VMware and third party tools.

Enterprise Resilience and Security

As you consolidate your IT assets on a shared infrastructure platform, the reliability and availability of that platform are key to ensuring nonstop service delivery. Pivot3 HCI solutions have been battle tested in the most demanding environments where downtime can have catastrophic consequences. Pivot3 patented EC delivers outstanding resiliency by protecting the infrastructure from node and component failures while maximizing the performance and minimizing capacity overhead of protection. Pivot3’s native replication, data-at-rest encryption, and support for third-party key management provide a policy-based framework for securing your sensitive data assets and ensuring availability of those assets. Pivot3 solutions are also optimized to work with leading data protection and disaster recovery vendors, allowing you to choose the DR and cloud mobility solution that meets your needs.

Intelligent Infrastructure for Modern Datacenter

Pivot3’s combination of high-performance NVMe flash-optimized architecture, policy-based Intelligence Engine, and scalable distributed architecture provides an ideal foundation for organizations of all sizes looking to modernize their datacenters. With Pivot3, customers can confidently and predictably consolidate mixed workloads on a simple policy-based platform while reducing infrastructure footprint and enabling modern automation and agile cloud workflows.

Why Pivot3 for Datacenter Modernization

Pivot3 HCI optimizes modern datacenters by providing a policy-based and scalable foundation that simplifies management, delivers outstanding performance and lowers hardware footprint.

Key Advantages

  • Remove resource bottleneck, improve VM-density by 2-3X and deliver ultra-fast application performance with NVMe flash-optimized, multi-tier distributed architecture.
  • Eliminate performance management complexity with policy-based QoS and vCenter integrated management.
  • Simple scalability, flexible deployment and increased cost-efficiencies with distributed architecture and broad choice of form factors.

Business Benefits

  • Consolidate mixed-workloads confidently and provide guaranteed SLAs without operational complexity
  • Deploy up to 50% less infrastructure to support your consolidation and modernization projects.
  • Scale your IT environments predictably, cost-effectively and effortlessly.