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Pivot3: Architecting Hyperconvergence for Enterprise Scale

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

By now, enterprise organizations are coming to understand the benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). As they scramble to increase organizational agility, decrease time-to-market and reduce their operational footprint, they are increasingly turning to HCI for their most important, value-driving workloads. But as they do so, they are running into a common challenge with emerging, digital-era technologies: scaling it to meet the needs of the enterprise.

Pivot3, arguably the oldest HCI vendor, believes it can help. The company has focused its development efforts in the two areas it believes will most help organizations scale their HCI efforts: performance and automation. From a performance perspective, they claim that Acuity, their new HCI architecture, delivers nine times the throughput while providing a 30% efficiency boost, but with 25% less infrastructure.

While higher levels of performance will translate into smaller operational footprints and greater versatility, it does no good if the resulting high-performance architecture is not manageable at scale. It is here that Pivot3 is changing the game. Acuity uses a policy-based, Quality-of-Service (QoS) management paradigm. As an organization provisions workloads, they assign them to a QoS-based policy. Based on that policy, the system automatically provisions resources and assigns performance targets. The system then uses those targets to automatically prioritize and reallocate resources to ensure that the most critical workloads meet their SLAs.

Moreover, Pivot3’s approach enables organizations to adjust QoS policies in an ad-hoc fashion or on a scheduled basis to accommodate planned changes in priority (to support month-end processing, for instance). The company derives both their performance advantages and automation capabilities from their distributed, scale-out architecture in which they fully and dynamically integrate capacity, IOPS, and bandwidth. Enterprise organizations are only now beginning to deal with the challenges of scaling HCI, but as they do, Pivot3’s performance and automation capabilities may prove to be a significant advantage.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).