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Hyperconvergence for Remote Offices

Maxta’s Hyperconvergence software gives IT the ability to run a complete virtualized environment at remote and branch offices with no on-site IT staff.

Remote and branch office IT infrastructure is notoriously time-consuming and expensive for companies to provision and manage. While virtualization simplifies server and application provisioning, each site still requires separate storage and networking solutions and staff with specialized skills. Hyperconverged appliances, though promising, are far too expensive for smaller sites.

Maxta Hyperconvergence Software gives IT the ability to collapse servers, storage and networking onto a single cluster using industry standard hardware. With Maxta, IT can deploy cost-effective infrastructure at remote sites without the need for a storage or networking specialist.


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The Challenge

Many Remote offices and Branch offices (ROBO) have deployed or are considering deployment of server virtualization to realize the benefits of improved cost, agility and availability. To fully realize these benefits, they cannot leverage the internal disk drives and internal SSD that are packaged within the servers. Just like datacenters, ROBOs need enterprise-class data services such as data sharing, high availability, data protection, capacity optimization and disaster recovery. Several storage arrays meet these requirements but introduce challenges in terms of acquisition cost, need for specialized storage skills, and consumption of physical space/power/cooling. These challenges are especially an issue for ROBOs due to limited budget, lack of specialized storage skills, limited space and other infrastructure constraints. The key storage challenges faced by ROBOs are:

  • Provide a storage solution that complements the investment in server virtualization without compromising enterprise-class data services
  • Enable existing staff to effectively and efficiently manage storage
  • Minimize CAPEX and OPEX

The Solution

Maxta has developed a ground breaking, highly resilient, scalable distributed Software-Defined VM Storage platform (MxSP) that enables IT to fully realize the vision of the virtual data center. The innovative, peer-to-peer architecture aggregates storage resources from multiple standard servers, assimilating a global namespace and all the storage functionality that ROBOs need for leveraging the benefits of server virtualization. The key benefits of MxSP are:

  • Eliminate Storage Arrays and Storage Networking
  • Dramatically simplify IT by eliminating Storage Management
  • Provide VM-centric Enterprise-class Data Services
  • Optimize for flash performance and hard disk capacity
  • Enable compute/storage convergence on standard servers maximizing capital and operational savings

No Storage Admin Needed
Simplify Remote Office IT Infrastructure

Traditional storage for remote sites requires a dedicated local administrator to manage the systems. Most organizations can’t afford to do this.

Deploying traditional storage at each remote site is expensive to implement. Worse still, it requires dedicated storage expertise to manage. The alternative – using consumer-grade locally attached storage – solves the cost issue, but exposes companies to a much higher risk of data loss.

Maxta Hyperconvergence Software can be managed remotely in just minutes a week, and you don’t need to be a storage expert to use it. And if you need an out-of-the-box, ready-to-go solution that can be plugged in by the local office staff, Maxta offers pre-configured systems through every major server vendor.

From Zero to VMs in 15 Minutes
No More Wrestling With Remote Infrastructure

With Maxta Hyperconvergence Software, you can get remote and branch office infrastructure up and running quickly, without the headaches traditional storage.

Choose from Maxta software you install on your own servers or buy pre-configured systems with Maxta software ready to go. You don’t need IT staff on-site. Just have the local office manager plug it in. From there, you can connect it to your virtualization environment – either VMware vSphere or Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization – and start deploying VMs.

Optimized for Mixed Workloads
Run an Entire Remote Office on one Cluster

One thing you definitely can’t afford to do at remote sites – create infrastructure silos for different applications.

Maxta is a VM-centric platform. It optimizes performance and availability on a per-application basis, so you can reduce costs and increase flexibility by running mixed workloads on the same cluster – and improve performance for applications 25 percent. With Maxta, you can run the entire infrastructure for a remote office on a single cluster, regardless of what applications you need to run

Scale Compute and Storage Independently
All the Advantages of an Appliance Without Any of the Downsides

Branch office infrastructure doesn’t always scale in linear increments. That means you need the flexibility grow compute and storage independently – something hyperconverged appliances can’t offer.

On the surface, a turnkey hyperconverged appliance looks like a good way to go for remote offices. It’s simple to rack and stack new systems. But appliances can’t scale in small increments, or scale compute and storage resources separately – something you often need to do at remote offices. There’s also a “refresh tax” – whenever you refresh the hardware, you have to buy the software again.

The alternative, hyperconverged software, means you’re never locked into a hardware or hypervisor platform. And software lets you scale compute and storage independently.

Choose Your Hardware and Hypervisor
Avoid Hardware and Hypervisor Lock-in

You can even use your existing hardware – a great option for remote offices.

Maxta works with over seven major server vendors, including Cisco, Dell-EMC, HP Enterprise, Huawei, Lenovo, Quanta, Super Micro, and more. You can choose from pre-configured, pre-validated solutions with Maxta pre-installed, buy your own hardware, or even use existing server hardware. Maxta supports VMware vSphere and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization platforms and gives you the ability migrate VMs seamlessly between them.

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Advantages for Remote & Branch Offices

Simple Administration

Maxta Hyperconvergence Software can be managed remotely in just minutes a week, and you don’t need to be a storage expert to use it.

One Cluster Per Site

Because you can run mixed workloads on Maxta, you never need to create infrastructure silos at remote and branch offices. Mix and match different server applications or even VDI on the same cluster with no performance penalty.

Use Your Existing Hardware

Why buy new hardware when you’re just getting started with VDI? Use your existing servers to get started.

Never Overprovision Compute or Storage

Scale compute and storage separately by adding disk, memory, or CPU to existing nodes, add new nodes as you need them.

Manage VMs, Not Storage

Improve infrastructure utilization by 40% and improve performance by 25% with VM-level policies.

Hardware & Virtualization Independent

Use your brand of x86 server with the flexibility to run different hardware and multiple hypervisors on a single platform.

No Refresh Tax

Only pay for software once with a perpetual or subscription license – not every time you refresh hardware.

No Upgrade Tax

Add capacity to a node, add a node, or add compute only nodes – without appliance or storage vendor markups.


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