Cloud Blox & Cloud Composer software-defined infrastructure

Cost Efficiency of Cloud Blox, powered by Cloud Composer

There is no question that we are proud of the technology in Cloud Blox, but we’re equally proud of how accessible we’ve made that technology. You shouldn’t need to be a spy agency or internet super-power to have a top-notch datacenter infrastructure. While we respect our competitors for the great work they’ve done, we think they’ve forgotten the most important part of technology. It only works if you can afford to use it.

The sections below detail how Yottabyte stacks up against our primary competitors in the hyperconverged infrastructure space. We include more features out of the box, including a full suite of virtual networking and deliver storage and compute-only Cloud Blox since hyperconverged hardware isn't for everyone.

We believe in transparency, not tricks or hidden costs.

Nutanix

Nutanix offers a line of converged infrastructure appliances that package “off-the shelf, non-proprietary hardware” into 2U appliances. Also included with the appliance are a proprietary operating system (NOS), a storage virtualization solution with proprietary file system (NDFS), and management utilities.

Key Points

Both products provide a converged infrastructure solution, bringing together network, storage, and compute resources into a modular, software-defined infrastructure.  Some key points to consider are:

  • Nutanix charges a premium for what is essentially re-badged commodity hardware. With Yottabyte Cloud Composer, you use our high-powered reference architecture or purchase a pre-configured scale-out building block and avoid the premium price tag. We believe in transparency while passing the savings along to you.
  • Nutanix is “hypervisor agnostic”, which means no hypervisor is included.  Hypervisor licensing is not a trivial cost.
  • Nutanix charges a premium price for support.

Using the sizing guidelines and hardware documented here, you can build an equivalent hyper-converged infrastructure using Yottabyte Cloud Composer for 53% less than Nutanix.

VMware

VMware has created a suite of products designed to deliver a complete software-defined datacenter including: hypervisor, software-defined networking, software-defined storage, cloud storage connectors, and management.

Note - pricing for VMware’s software-defined networking product (NSX) has yet been announced, and was not included in the comparison. The same reference hardware was used for both products as both are software solutions, although in reality you would need to use hardware on VMware's compatibility list.

Key Points

  • VMware’s Software-Defined Datacenter Solutions uses 5 separate products which must be installed and configured individually.
  • VMware deployments are complex and costly, often requiring additional outside resources.
  • VMware’s hybrid cloud solution requires you to pay for compute resources and support. There is no storage-only option.
  • VMware specifies rigid, inflexible hardware configuration requirements to build its software-defined data center.

Using the sizing guidelines and hardware documented here, you can build an equivalent hyper-converged infrastructure using Yottabyte Cloud Composer for 37% less than VMware.

Simplivity

Simplivity offers a line of converged infrastructure appliances that package commodity hardware into a 2U appliance with “VM-centric” management and storage virtualization technology. With Simplivity appliances, storage related policies, management, and monitoring are performed at the VM level, rather than the file or block level.  Because of this tight integration, Simplivity can only be used to host VMware virtual machines.

Key Points

Both products provide a converged infrastructure solution, bringing together network, storage, and compute resources into a modular, software-defined infrastructure.  Some key points to consider are:

  • Simplivity charges a premium price for a low-powered appliance. With Yottabyte Cloud Composer, you avoid the premium pricing.
  • Simplivity is specifically constructed to work with VMware vSphere, which is an additional cost.

Using the sizing guidelines and hardware documented here, you can build an equivalent hyper-converged infrastructure using Yottabyte Cloud Composer for 58% less than Simplivity.

Scale Computing

Scale Computing offers a line of hyper-converged infrastructure appliances that package commodity hardware into a 2U appliance. A KVM-based hypervisor is integrated with the appliance, and software-defined storage and networking are also included.

Key Points

Both products provide a converged infrastructure solution, bringing together network, storage, and compute resources into a modular, software-defined infrastructure.  Some key points to consider are:

  • Scale Computing charges a premium price for a low-powered appliance. With Yottabyte Cloud Composer, you use our high-powered reference architecture or purchase a pre-configured scale out building block and avoid the premium price tag. We believe in transparency while passing the savings along to you.
  • Scale Computing charges a premium price for extended support.

Using the sizing guidelines and hardware documented here, you can build an equivalent hyper-converged infrastructure using Yottabyte Cloud Composer for 46% less than Scale Computing.

NOTICE: The competitive information presented by Yottabyte, LLC is based upon publicly available information and may also include personal opinions both of Yottabyte, LLC and others, all of which we believe to be accurate and reliable. All product names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Cloud Composer Product Comparison

Cloud Composer Product Comparison

Our goal in comparing Cloud Composer to competitor products was to create a simple method by which the initial cost of each product could be fairly evaluated. This was not intended to be a technical deep-dive, or a head-to-head “bake-off” in a lab environment.

The approach we decided on was simple: given the basic criteria below, evaluate the basic cost of creating a storage platform totaling 100, 500, and 1000 VMs. The “Percentage Less” value shown on the Cost Efficiency page is the average percentage for the three environments.

  • For software-only solutions, the same “building block” hardware costs were used.
  • When extra plug-ins were required to match the functionality of Cloud Composer, the price of those plug-ins was included in the competitors price.
  • We used list pricing for the comparison.

Cloud Composer Hardware Configuration

We created a “reference building block” consisting of a 4-node, 2U rack-mount chassis with the following specs:

2U RM - Virtualization Scale Out Building Block - 48C - 11.52TB SSD
4-Node 2U E5-2600 Series 1620W 1+1 PSU 6x2.5" HS
(8) Xeon E5-2630v2 (15M Cache, 2.60GHz) 6C/12T 80W (2 per node)
(64) 16GB DDR3-1600 DRx4 ECC/REG CL11 1.5V (256GB per node)
(24) 480GB KC300 Series SATA 6Gb/s, 2.5" SSD (2.88TB per node)
(4) MicroLP 2-port 10GbE SFP+ adapter with Intel 82599ES
(8) E10GSFPSR Ethernet SFP+ SR Optics
48C/124.8GHz, 1,024GB RAM, 11.52TB SSD, 8x10GbE SFP+, 8x1GbE
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