StrataCloud Simplifies Converged Infrastructure Complexity with SDI Install
The solution, now generally available, streamlines complex CI deployments for VARs and reduces configuration time from 70+ hours to 60 minutes.
ATLANTA—May 19, 2016– StrataCloud, a software-defined infrastructure solutions provider, today announces the general availability of StrataCloud SDI Install, a software application that automates the configuration of converged infrastructure (CI) systems. The first software to be released on the StrataCloud SDI platform, SDI Install is available today for value-added resellers (VARs) and systems integrators that wish to speed deployment and reduce the complexity of installing CI systems. SDI Install initially supports the popular FlexPod product lines from Cisco and NetApp, with future plans to support other leading CI systems.
Converged infrastructure solutions combine the core data center components of servers, storage and networking to simplify IT infrastructure expansion and management. Many companies moving to a software-defined infrastructure are adopting converged infrastructure, given its promise for higher levels of efficiency, performance and flexibility in delivering IT services to the business. Yet the VARs tasked with installing CI systems encounter challenges during deployment; configuring the systems requires specialized IT architecture skills, as well as individual expertise in each of the hardware components. The time-consuming process requires the use of multiple console interfaces and expensive personnel.
StrataCloud SDI Install gives the VAR a single interface for FlexPod design and deployment, with a decision tree that guides the architect through the design process and then creates a blueprint to guide installation. Once a blueprint is created, it can be accessed and reused to launch unlimited future installations, providing a consistent, repeatable process. At the customer site, the installer accesses the blueprint to launch automatic configuration and validation of the hardware in the customer’s environment. By automating complex manual configuration processes, SDI Install enables a single individual to deploy a CI system from start to finish. In testing, SDI Install has been shown to speed the configuration of FlexPod from 70+ hours to 60 minutes.
“SDI Install is a game changer for converged infrastructure, as it significantly reduces the number of manual configurations that are required to get a FlexPod up and running,” says Brian Cohen, CEO of StrataCloud. “Our solution provides a streamlined out-of-the-box experience for deploying FlexPod that is fast, easy and consistent. With SDI Install, VARs spend less time installing and more time addressing customer business outcomes.”
About the StrataCloud SDI Platform
SDI Install is the first product built on StrataCloud SDI, the platform for software-defined infrastructure. By producing a logical model of infrastructure, StrataCloud SDI creates order from chaos in the data center. Through the use of an extensible object graph, StrataCloud SDI can normalize any infrastructure hardware, understand how infrastructure systems are connected, abstract the functionality of disparate APIs and protocols, and read and write to infrastructure in a consistent manner from a single interface. The flexible, scalable platform is built from the ground up on a unified architecture that can support vendor-agnostic infrastructure configuration, as well as enterprise-grade support throughout the infrastructure lifecycle.
Headquartered in Atlanta, StrataCloud is a leading provider of software defined infrastructure solutions. The StrataCloud SDI platform will provide a toolkit that helps IT teams streamline infrastructure operations and deliver public cloud agility from a private data center. Learn more at www.stratacloud.com.