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Pivot3 adds Edge Office SME/ROBO hyper-converged appliances

Hyper-converged infrastructure maker adds all-flash SME and remote office server-storage hardware with VMware hypervisor to vSTAC SLX products based on NexGen buy

Hyper-converged infrastructure maker Pivot3 has launched a series of all-flash SME and remote office-focused appliances called Edge Office.

The new hardware is based on the vSTAC SLX products that were the fruit of Pivot3’s acquisition of all-flash and hybrid flash storage maker NexGen early this year.

Edge Office is available in hyper-converged server/storage nodes with the VMware hypervisor on board and in capacities of 1.6TB, 3.2TB and 6.4TB. Up to six nodes can be clustered together, which means a maximum raw capacity of about 38TB.

Quoted I/O performance is 20,000 IOPS per 1U node, although this is for 4KB reads only. No write performance is stated in the supplier’s spec sheet. Connectivity is iSCSI via 1Gbps Ethernet.

The Edge Office hyper-converged products are an SME or remote office-targeted offering that add to the vSTAC SLX hyper-converged appliances launched this summer.

These were the SLX 50, 100 and 200, which provide 48 or 84 CPU cores and 51TB (36TB hyper-converged, 15TB all-flash), 102TB (72TB/30TB) and 144TB (60TB/204TB).

Quality of service is a key feature in the vSTAC products, said chief marketing officer Bruce Milne.

“QoS is designated mission critical, business critical and regular priority,” he said. “This guarantees resources to mission critical at the expense of the others where necessary.”

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Milne said the company had been supplying Fedex with preconfigured Edge Office nodes for new branch locations, with all data at these sites going on the hyper-converged appliances. In those cases, QoS allowed point-of-sale workloads to take resource priority over, for example, surveillance images.

Pivot3 uses erasure coding for data protection. Erasure coding is a method of data protection in which data is broken into fragments that are expanded and encoded with a configurable number of redundant pieces of data and stored across a set of different locations.

If data is lost or corrupted, it can be reconstructed using information about the data stored elsewhere. It works by creating a mathematical function to describe a set of numbers so they can be checked for accuracy and recovered if one is lost.

It comes with an overhead, however, so Pivot3’s quoted raw capacities probably need to be revised downward by about 33% for useable capacity.

Hyper-converged products are a rising star in the datacentre. They combine compute and storage in one box with virtualisation capability. They have emerged in recent years as competition to discrete server and storage products, and key suppliers include Nutanix, Scale Computing, Simplivity and VMware’s EVO:Rail.

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