Being software-defined storage means the Hedvig storage solution is installed on industry standard servers giving customers the option to “bring your own server” (BYOS) procured from their favorite server partner. Many of these customers choose the Cisco UCS platform and look to us to recommend the right reference architecture. One great example is LKAB, a $10B mining company, that uses Hedvig and Cisco as its storage platform to solve rapidly growing backup volues. You can read about how the economics of this solution are actually cheaper than AWS in the case study!
Given this traction, it was a no-brainer for Hedvig to join the Cisco Solution Partner Program, which we announced back in October. Now I’m pleased to announce we’ve completed Cisco Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT). Customers are now further assured that our joint solution is truly Cisco Compatible.
You can check out Hedvig’s solution in the Cisco Marketplace.
Why customers are teaming up the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform with Cisco UCS
Software-defined storage is a key pillar of the software-defined data center. It enables organizations to better manage the explosive growth of data and deliver greater provisioning flexibility while also lowering costs. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform, a modern, software-based storage solution, combined with Cisco UCS servers delivers these benefits for enterprise compute environments running at any scale.
Together Hedvig and Cisco deliver a cost-optimized software-defined storage solution that gives enterprises the ability to quickly meet new requirements and more effectively manage storage growth. The combination of Hedvig software and Cisco UCS server hardware provides a highly scalable, resilient, elastic storage system with the simplicity of cloud, and a complete set of enterprise capabilities. Whether you need to optimize storage for traditional applications, build a storage foundation for service-oriented architectures and on-demand IT, or both, Hedvig and Cisco provide your business with key advantages including:
- Provision storage with the speed and simplicity of the cloud
- Dynamically expand capacity and performance
- Cut costs – Lower storage TCO up to 60%
- Eliminate the headaches of traditional storage operations and maintenance
The Hedvig / Cisco reference architecture
Hedvig and Cisco tested and validated the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform software running in a hyperscale configuration with Cisco UCS C240 M4SX Series Rack-Mount Servers. Testing focused on system functionality and compliance with the
open standards followed by Cisco Unified Computing Systems and Nexus. By proving compliance with a set of mandatory requirements, the solution validation provides assurance that the joint solution performs and interoperates as expected.
Specifically, validation verified that Hedvig software successfully installs and interoperates with the Cisco UCS server platform, enabling a cluster of Cisco UCS C240 servers to function as a single highly scalable, elastic and resilient enterprise storage solution with advanced data protection, backup and disaster recovery capabilities.
The following graphic depicts the test environment.
The following table provides recommended Cisco UCS hardware configurations based on three common Hedvig Storage Node profiles – performance optimized to deliver high storage IOPS performance, capacity optimized to deliver a balance of capacity and mid-range performance, and dense storage to deliver high-capacity, deep storage requirements at best-effort performance.
Getting started with Hedvig and Cisco
The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform with Cisco UCS Servers provides a flexible software-enabled system with the capabilities required to support any application, hypervisor, container, or cloud. The validated solution provides a single platform powering in-software provisioning of file, block, and object storage with the flexibility to span private and public clouds, creating an elastic, hybrid cluster that can scale to thousands of nodes.
If you’re interested in learning more, then click below to download our full Cisco reference architecture. It includes details of the test, validation results, and recommended configurations.