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Dell EMC PowerOne is Subsequent-Gen Converged Infrastructure – Gigaom


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At Storage Subject Day 19, I attended two insightful periods about DevOps and infrastructure automation, they usually have been each hosted by Dell EMC. One was about PowerOne, a next-generation converged infrastructure, whereas the opposite was extra geared in direction of the efforts that Dell EMC is placing within the so-called infrastructure as a code.

I don’t like Converged Infrastructures

To be frank with you, I’ve by no means favored converged infrastructures, however I perceive why they exist. Dell EMC PowerOne, from this viewpoint, doesn’t make any distinction. The consumer pays for a system that’s pre-certified, pre-installed, and pre-whatever-else-you-need as a result of it’s simply cheaper than doing it your self. In massive IT organizations, processes may be such a ache within the neck that getting all of it sorted out might value you extra, and take far more time, than shopping for a CI answer. That stated, it might be good to work on the processes that govern the IT group as an alternative of retaining doing the incorrect issues… however this can be a matter for one more weblog, perhaps.

PowerOne Might Be A lot Extra Than CI

The PowerOne Controller is the part of PowerOne that supersedes all first set up, configuration, and administration actions. In follow, as you possibly can see from the demo, it lets you set up and configure a whole infrastructure in a couple of hours with only a few inputs from the sysadmin. However this isn’t the best half; essentially the most fascinating factor is the idea behind it and its potential. Check out the video that talks about its inside structure to know why:

From my viewpoint, Dell EMC ought to take this to the subsequent stage and attempt to make PowerOne controller one thing much like what CISCO has with NSO. Lengthy story quick, it could possibly be an automation hub for simplifying and automating all of the storage infrastructure, simplifying the configuration administration of huge scale infrastructures.

Been There Performed That?

Sure, the imaginative and prescient of a PowerOne Controller accountable for storage infrastructure automation is similar to what we had years in the past with ViPR. Nice on paper, quick on execution. There are a few variations to have in mind although:

  • At the moment, the world was not prepared. Enterprise mentality was not there, and no one needed to depart management to configuration and automation instruments like Ansible. Now everyone needs to do it!
  • There wasn’t the identical maturity we now have immediately relating to infrastructure automation. Now we now have public APIs for each machine within the information middle, greatest practices, plug-ins for widespread automation instruments, and so forth. All the things is simply simpler.

Possibly a PowerOne Controller (or name it next-gen ViPR if you would like) could possibly be successful this time.

Takeaways (and Wishful considering)

It’s a disgrace that Dell EMC has two groups engaged on infrastructure automation that don’t speak to one another (PowerOne and the fellows which are growing Ansible plug-ins and different parts for automation instruments). In my view, they need to work collectively and see if PowerOne might change into far more than a part of their converged infrastructure.

I do know that we noticed a number of makes an attempt to automate storage infrastructures all failed, miserably. Nonetheless, this time it could possibly be totally different due to the maturity of the instruments, datacenter individuals, and distributors. It’s a enormous perhaps, in fact, however Cisco did a unbelievable job (check out the demo that they had at Tech Subject Day 20), and there’s potential for the same product for enterprise information storage.

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