Maxta, Red Hat, Intel Team Up for Hyperconverged '(Un)Appliance'

This pre-configured system consists of Red Hat and Maxta software bundled on Intel Data Center Blocks hardware. The joint package provides appliance-based hyperconvergence benefits without the disadvantages of conventional systems.


Hyperconverged storage software maker Maxta on Aug. 22 introduced a new appliance with a specific function: to run its software on Red Hat Linux' virtualization framework.

This is a pre-configured system—called a Hyperconverged (Un)Appliance—consisting of Red Hat and Maxta software bundled together on Intel Data Center Blocks hardware. The joint package provides appliance-based hyperconvergence benefits without the disadvantages conventional systems have to endure, such as costs for refreshing, upgrading, VMware licensing and proprietary virtualization.

Hyperconverged (Un)Appliances collapse servers, storage and networking into a single server tier that is used to run virtual machines and containers, Maxta said. Storage is configured automatically when VMs or containers are created, allowing administrators to focus on managing applications rather than storage.

Finds Correct Storage Components in Real Time

In this way, it resembles new-gen composable infrastructure, in that it finds the correct storage components in a “just-in-time” fashion to handle the workload.

The combination of Intel blocks, Red Hat virtualization and Maxta hyperconvergence storageware provides operational and capital expense reductions desired by organizations but in a way that is less expensive to procure, refresh and expand when compared to conventional hyperconverged systems, the company said.

Nutanix, Dell EMC and HPE are the market sales leaders in the hyperconverged storage software market.

Hyperconverged (Un)Appliances are different than appliance-based hyperconvergence machines because they enable organizations to increase capacity by adding drives to existing (Un)Appliances, replace smaller drives in existing (Un)Appliances with larger drives, or of course adding new (Un)Appliances, the company said. 

Support for RH Virtualization and OpenShift

Since organizations own the Maxta hyperconvergence software license for the life of the organization, there is no need to repurchase the software license when refreshing hardware. The (Un)Appliance also provides support for Red Hat virtualization and Red Hat OpenShift on the same server platform, Maxta said.  

Hyperconverged (Un)Appliances are available now through distributors and resellers worldwide, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Maxta said. They will be demonstrated at the company’s VMworld 2018 booth Aug. 27-30 in Las Vegas.

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