HPE SimpliVity gains cloud backup and Kubernetes CSI plug-in

Hewlett Packard Company has updated its SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure system with capabilities aimed at bolstering the enterprise edge.

This week‘s SimpliVity four.one. update mostly revolved around integration with other HPE merchandise to increase details protection for distant/branch workplaces. SimpliVity can now send out backups immediately to HPE’s cloud backup support, Cloud Volumes Backup. Cloud Volumes details can be restored to on-premises storage or a cloud goal, and it can be hydrated and connected to compute in AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform.

Prior to this update, buyers had to use a third-occasion backup software to orchestrate the motion of backup details from SimpliVity to a backup goal, including to HPE’s possess Cloud Volumes Backup. The integration in between SimpliVity and Cloud Volumes boils this procedure down to as couple of as 6 clicks, according to HPE.

Additionally, SimpliVity has additional new integration with HPE StoreOnce appliances, allowing for for automated, policy-based mostly replication from edge internet sites to a centralized StoreOnce equipment. This serves use circumstances this kind of as extensive-phrase retention and compliance.

Clients are recognizing the great importance of their edge details, and this update was to make sure that SimpliVity buyers have edge-to-main and edge-to-cloud choices for details protection, claimed Sandeep Singh, vice president of storage advertising at HPE. Edge areas this kind of as health care clinics, retail stores and lender branches are the most important position of transaction in between some enterprises and their conclusion buyers.

“The enterprise edge has develop into the frontier of customer conversation, so it is really strategic for businesses to shell out consideration to what is actually going on there,” Singh claimed.

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SimpliVity’s four.one. update also introduced aid for Kubernetes container storage interface (CSI) via a new plug-in. This allows buyers to operate VM-based mostly and container-based mostly workloads on the identical hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) system, simplifying management and preserving buyers the require to carve out independent infrastructure for containers. This plug-in also allows SimpiVity’s details protection capabilities to extend to containers.

The HPE SimpliVity competes most immediately from other HCI platforms this kind of as Nutanix, Dell EMC VxRail and VMware vSAN. 1 of SimpliVity’s exceptional capabilities is its two-node architecture with computerized replication in between them. Other merchandise obtain higher availability employing as numerous as 7 nodes, according to Singh, who claimed with SimpliVity, a customer can recuperate a one TB VM in fewer than a moment.

SimpliVity’s four.one. launch is in the end a play for simplicity and cost efficiency, claimed Paul Nashawaty, senior analyst at Company Method Team, a division of TechTarget. It is not that buyers couldn’t obtain cloud or centralized backup at the edge prior to, but now those capabilities are crafted into the SimpliVity system. Clients frequently value ease and relieve of management alongside the additional calculable cost savings, Nashawaty claimed.

The additional Kubernetes aid is a superior go, way too, Nashawaty claimed, as enterprises are pushing container growth initiatives even at the edge. Persistent quantity aid at the edge is crucial for supporting those initiatives, and it is really not anything each seller delivers.

As containers go from notion to output, the subsequent dilemma enterprises logically question is how they will secure their container environments, Nashawaty claimed. You can find an efficiency get in staying equipped to store VMs and containers on the identical infrastructure via SimpliVity, but the genuine value in the platform’s additional Kubernetes CSI aid is that those containers at the edge are also shielded.

“HPE SimpliVity has provided a holistic strategy from the main to the edge, and including in the details protection and container persistent quantity aid keeps it in line with, and to some extent forward of, the aggressive landscape,” Nashawaty claimed.