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Syneto aims Hyperseries 2100 at hyper-converged for SMEs

European startup targets customers with two-node hyper-converged appliance, with built-in disaster recovery and capacity for up to 15 VMware virtual machines

Romanian startup Syneto has launched a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the Hyperseries 2100, which offers in-built disaster recovery and capacity for up to 15 VMware virtual machines (VMs).

Syneto is aiming the 2100 at the SME hyper-converged market with a product that costs around €15,000.

Two nodes of 1U each is the maximum configuration. The primary and secondary (disaster recovery) nodes use 8-core Intel central processing units (CPUs) with 4TB of raw disk capacity and 40GB of flash storage write acceleration cache.

Network connectivity is 1Gbps Ethernet with 10Gbps as an option.

VMware is the only available hypervisor (for now, see below) and the 2100 is slated to handle from four large VMs up to around 15 small ones.

Many hyper-converged systems scale way beyond two nodes, but Syneto took the decision to stick at two to suit the intended market, said marketing vice-president Dragos Chioran.

“It’s a maximum of two nodes because the companies we have targeted don’t need more,” he said. “Also, there is the technical consideration. Large distributed systems don’t work well on limited nodes, or you need many nodes to deliver performance.”

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Chioran said Syneto is aiming to hit a spot between the low-end pricing of software-defined hyper-converged products such as Atlantis, Starwind and Datacore, and enterprise-targeted hardware from the likes of Nutanix and Simplivity.

Syneto – whose operating system is based on a version of Solaris – only offers VMware virtualisation at present, but plans to add “multiple hypervisors” such as Hyper-V and kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) by mid-2018, said Chioran.

A key selling point is built-in disaster recovery with instant recovery of files, applications and virtual machines, or 10-minute recovery of the entire disaster recovery node.

The Syneto Controller VM provides storage-level snapshots and asynchronous replication between nodes.

Earlier this year, Syneto launched its Hyperseries 3000 hyper-converged hardware, which is 2U and provides flash and hybrid flash capacity for up to around 100 virtual machines.

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