SimpliVity invites Cisco over, hosts OSCURS storage party

ROBO hyer-converged gear music from SimpliVity

SimpliVity has an updated hyper-converged OmniStack system, using Cisco UCS servers, for remote sites.

Typically, we’re told, remote offices and branch offices (ROBOs) need less IT gear than a data centre, prefer it to be admin-free and communicating with the head office’s data centre mothership.

The ROBO OmniStack, more properly the OmniStack Solution with Cisco UCS for Remote Sites - OSCURS? - features centralised management and backs up the system across the WAN. SimpliVity claims it takes the “remote” out of ROBO in a near bit of PR-speak, so is it making hyper-converged music for OBOs?

The server base of the ROBO OmniStack is a UCS C240 rack-mount server and to which SimpliVity adds a hypervisor, storage, networking switching, data protection and central management, via Cisco’s UCS Manager. It claims IT staff no longer need to be on-site to manage the ROBO resources.

The backup data, and in fact all the ROBO site data, is deduped and compressed, using a hardware accelerator card. It says there is no need for separate WAN optimisation appliances; the data is already optimised.

SimpliVity says its OmniStack is Cisco-compatible and has published a reference architecture with Cisco’s management platform, UCS Manager.

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OmniStack ROBO product with Cisco UCS C240 server

There is no supporting quotery from Cisco in SimpliVity’s announcement, and Cisco has been thought to be getting closer to hyper-converged software startup Springpath.

Naturally SimpliVity claims its ROBO OmniStack is low cost, coming with a price point that is up to 45 per cent lower than alternative hyper-converged systems. The gear will be orderable this quarter. Get a backgrounder about it here (PDF). ®

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