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Compute vs. storage: it’s sweet when you don’t have to pick a side

katedavis

 

Twix_shutterstock_211179964_blog.jpgAs I was watching TV last night a Twix candy commercial came on. (For those of you who aren’t familiar, Twix is two identical candy bars side-by-side in a single wrapper.) The latest campaign is around co-inventors, who upon a falling out build separate factories, one for the left Twix and one for the right. Customers visiting the factories are confused – the two candy bars look the same to the naked eye (and the taste buds), but the interpretation of their creation is very different. One factory describes a sweet, crispy cookie cloaked in chocolate, while the other talks about a wonderful chocolate bar that has a crispy cookie interior…you get the picture.

 This got me thinking that this same left vs right discussion may be happening within the IT community as well. As adoption rates of converged and hyper-converged infrastructures continues to grow, I can imagine the planning meeting debates.

     Server guy: "We’re adding storage to my server infrastructure"

     Storage guy: "We’re allowing compute within our storage platforms"

So who’s right? Are you ready to pick a side?

It turns out, you don’t have to. When it comes to a converged architecture compute and storage are equally necessary. Businesses need solutions that help them enter new markets, get closer to customers, and make employees more productive, while supporting growth and the delivery of new services. The software-enabled decoupling of storage intelligence from specific hardware and the widespread adoption of flash-based media are major enablers of an evolution that’s moving storage and compute closer together without the cost and complexity of traditional environments.

There has never been a better time to look at converged IT—even for smaller sites that lack large budgets to invest in new technologies. Not long ago, single CPU servers could efficiently handle the management of only one virtual machine, often at quite a penalty of performance when compared to that same server running the same operating system natively. As virtualization technology has matured over the past few years, running software-defined storage (SDS) on servers has become a more viable alternative. Data centers get the benefits of:

  • Increased server power—Supporting both virtual applications and virtual storage appliances co-resident on the same system
  • The rising adoption of solid state drives (SSDs)—Enabling SDS to perform as well as or better than conventional hard disk drive storage
  • The widespread adoption of virtualization—Applies virtualization concepts to decrease storage footprint and increase cost efficiencies

 Convergence is just plain good for IT environments

Just like the Twix customers in the ad, it ultimately doesn’t matter which side you choose. While there will always be sides to choose in the debate, it’s clear that convergence of servers and storage is here to stay. Look at it from the server side or the storage side. You get all the benefits of both.

The storage side:  www.hpe.com/storage/sds

The server side:  www.hpe.com/us/en/integrated-systems.html

Everything in one wrapper:  www.hpe.com/info/hyperconverge

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katedavis

I have been working across the HPE portfolio for over 12 years marketing hot topics including storage, software-defined, big data and hybrid cloud.

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joahmad

There has never been a better time to look at converged IT—even for smaller sites that lack large budgets to invest in new technologies. Not long ago, single CPU servers could efficiently handle the management of only one virtual machine, often at quite a penalty of performance when compared to that same server running the same operating system natively

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