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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 a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

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), and several software and web development positions.