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Change The Way You Expand Datacenter Infrastructure

Posted by Kurt Womach, General Manager, StackVelocity on Sep 13, 2016 5:27:46 PM

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Today’s enterprises must constantly build out and update their datacenters and private/hybrid clouds to stay ahead of exponential growth in IP traffic and data volumes. A flood of online transactions, the emerging Internet of Things and billions of additional mobile devices are some of the trends behind the urgent need for expanded infrastructure with higher performance and efficiency – whether it’s used to deliver cloud-hosted services to external customers or to run the business.

Until now, CIOs and architects have been forced to choose between two methods for building out their infrastructure:

  1. Purchase off-the-shelf, generic hardware and customize with software through system integrators
  2. Build their own custom hardware from scratch

Buying standard boxes usually means paying for capabilities you don’t need. In large datacenters with thousands of servers and storage devices, this unused functionality adds up fast, wasting capital that could be better invested elsewhere. Furthermore, the lack of access to vertically integrated capabilities such as global supply chain management and advanced support services means more complexity and cost inefficiency in producing and deploying a solution in the desired location.

The second alternative also has major drawbacks, starting with the significant amount of talent, time, and effort required to design, architect, build, test and implement new infrastructure. Doing it yourself also carries a cost penalty: unless you buy in very large quantities, you’ll pay top dollar for components and licensing. At a higher level, building infrastructure in-house distracts organizations from their core competency.

Going modular

Because both of these strategies are far from ideal, StackVelocity, a Jabil business unit, has developed a new and innovative approach: delivery of vertically integrated solutions on platforms engineered for the customer’s environment. StackVelocity can provide reference architectures or build according to the customer’s specifications.

The key is using a modular approach. For cost control and efficiency, StackVelocity starts with pre-configured building blocks (servers, storage, sub-assemblies) based on the latest technologies. Then StackVelocity applies its broad expertise and capabilities to lightly customize the solution, delivering a simple or complex converged or hyperconverged infrastructure. Value-added services include:

  • Design & engineering
  • Mechanicals
  • Firmware
  • Test & validation using a market-optimized test development platform
  • System & rack-level integration
  • Supply chain management
  • Advanced services

As part of Jabil, a global electronic product solutions company, StackVelocity offers customers unique advantages, beginning with an intelligent supply chain built on Big Data and advanced analytics.  “Factory of the Future” technologies, built-to-order and configure-to-order logistical capabilities and back-end servicing complete the list.

A better approach

By offering customers a fresh alternative to buying commodity hardware or building from scratch, StackVelocity has charted an enhanced course that offers major benefits:

  • Faster time-to-market with industry-standard building blocks
  • Cost reduction by avoiding unneeded functionality and minimizing R&D and non-recurring engineering
  • High, consistent quality
  • A single source providing access to a global company’s value chain

Working with StackVelocity can give businesses a competitive edge by streamlining and accelerating datacenter expansion and optimization to meet rapidly escalating demands for higher capacity, performance and efficiency. This accelerated innovation is already producing results for customers such as Kazan Networks, which recently unveiled the world's first non-volatile memory over fabrics (NVMf)-connected Ethernet-attached Bunch of Flash (EBOF) at the Intel Developer Forum this August. Their highly accelerated implementation of this new standard was enabled, in part, by a prototype enclosure from StackVelocity.

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