Virtualisation represents a huge potential benefit to your business. There are more companies than ever before turning to virtualisation to improve the efficiency and reliability of their data centres. Some of the key advantages provided by virtualisation are –
Experience a reduction in the footprint of your IT infrastructures by utilising VMware and Broadberry CyberStore Storage Appliances.
As the virtualisation market has exploded in popularity, more and more businesses are making use of VMware. Offering benefits advantages in cost-effectiveness, reliability and efficiency, VMware can take your data centre to the next level.
Fully compatible with VMware, our storage servers have been designed and built from the ground-up to run your virtualised IT infrastructure. Based on industry-compliant, enterprise-grade hardware, our CyberStore Storage Appliances are ideal for running VMware.
There are a large variety of features that make VMware vSphere a great choice to configure with your CyberStore Storage Appliance.
VMware vSphere includes VMware ESXi, a virtualisation layer that is run on physical servers. VMware ESXi abstracts storage, processor, memory, resources into various virtual machines.
The centre point for managing, provisioning and configuring virtualised IT environments is the VMware vCenter Server. It delivers vital data centre services such as access control, monitoring performance and alarm management.
The VMware vSphere Client is an interface that allows users to connect remotely to ESXi or vCenter Server.
vCenter Server can be connected to remotely from numerous operating systems or web browsers through the VMware vSphere Web Client.
Standard interfaces for VMware and third-party solutions to access VMware vSphere are provided by VMware vSphere SDKs.
ESXi VMs can feature the vSphere Virtual Machine File System (VMFS), which is a cluster file system capable of high performance. vSphere Virtual SMP allows a single VM to utilise many physical processors simultaneously.
Virtual machine that are powered on scan be migrated across physical servers with no down time with vSphere vMotion. Continuous service availability and complete transaction integrity are maintained. With vSphere Storage vMotion enables the migration of virtual machine files from a data centre to another without interruption to the service. The VM and all its disks can be put in a single location, or certain different locations for the VM configuration file and for each virtual disk. The VM stays on the same host during Storage vMotion.
With vSphere High Availability (HA) allows for the high availability of VMs. If a server was to fail, the affected virtual machines will be restarted on other servers that have spare capacity available.
vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler dynamically balances and distributes computing capacity across bands of hardware resources for virtual machines. Included with this feature is distributed power management (DPM) capabilities that allow for data centre to substantially lessen its power consumption.
vSphere Storage DRS distributes and balances storage capacity and I/O dynamically across groups of data centres. Management capabilities minimise the risk of running of out of space and the risk of I/O bottlenecks negatively affecting the performance of VMs.
vSphere Fault Tolerance provides continuous availability through protecting a VM with a copy. Whenever this feature is enabled for a VM, a secondary copy of the original VM is created. Every action completed on the primary VM is also applied to the secondary VM. If the original, primary VM becomes unavailable, a secondary machine immediately becomes active.
vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) can span multiple ESXi hosts, allowing for a substantial reduction of on-going network maintenance and heightening network capacity. This improved efficiency allows VMs to keep up consistent network configuration as they migrate across many hosts.
Host Profiles is a feature that simplifies host configuration management via user-defined configuration policies. The host profile policies capture the blueprint of a known and validated host configuration and use it to configure storage, security, networking and other settings across multiple hosts. The host profile policies generally monitor compliance to standard host configuration settings throughout the data centre. The manual steps involved in configuring a host are reduced by Host Profiles. It can also aid in maintaining the consistency across the data centre.
Host Profiles is additionally a component of vSphere Auto Deploy. The concept of an auto deployed host signifies vCenter Server owns the entire host configuration and its captured in a host profile. Some policies need input from the user to provide host-specific values. An answer file, containing policy definitions, is created to support Auto Deploy for host profiles.
With Broadberry CyberStore Storage Appliances, you will never have to suffer vendor lock-in. A regular fixture in the strategy employed by most storage sever vendors, vendor lock-in benefits the vendor but restricts the customer as you will only be able to utilise additional hardware with your storage server if it comes from the storage vendor or their associates. Making it very difficult for you to find the ideal hardware that fits your business requirements.
Broadberry storage solutions feature full range compatibility to all major storage server software. Things are forever evolving in business and this compatibility will great aid your business if at some point down the line you wish to use different storage operating systems which may fit your post-growth needs better.
With over three decades of experience in the storage server industry, Broadberry has served enterprise-grade storage servers to some of the largest organisations in the world. The list includes Sky, Disney, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Sony, CERN, Toyota, Toshiba, the BBC, ITV and a lot more. Find out how Broadberry’s enterprise-grade server and storage solutions can benefit your business today.
Established in 1998, VMware offers a variety of different software and applications for virtualisation.
The Broadberry CyberStore range of enterprise-grade storage servers are designed and built for a wide-range of storage applications.
Completely customisable from processing to storage type and capacity, to operating system - the CyberStore range is your go-to storage platform.
The CyberStore range of storage servers are used by the world's largest organisations from the BBC, to the CERN project, governement institutions, universities and much more.
Year-after-year, the Broadberry CyberStore range of unified storage appliances has beaten the likes of Dell and HPE to be crowned "Best Storage Appliance" by PC Pro magazine.
When compared to the likes of DELL, HPE, EMC etc, the Broadberry CyberStore range of enterprise-grade unified storage appliances is up to 60% cheaper, although using the same quality components such as Seagate drives and Kingston RAM.
The Bradberry CyberStore range has been built from industry-leading commodity hardware, and carefully designed to ensuure full compatibility with leading storage operating systems and database engines.
Broadberry enterprise storage appliances are on average 86% lower cost than EMC and 55% lower cost than DELL although built using the same leading-brand server components such as Intel processors and Samsung memory. HPE hard drives are rebadged Toshiba enterprise-class drives, the exact same models as found in Broadberry storage appliances.
When you buy a Broadberry storage appliance all drive bays are supplied with caddies - so if in 6 months time you decide to expand the storage you can source it freely from the marketplace or ourselves if you wish. The only way to add hard drives to HPE servers is to buy the drives along with caddies from HPE for 200% the price of Broadberry's price.
Broadberry storage appliances come with enterprise-grade features like IPMI included, whereas HPE charge large fees for perpetual licences for the same features.
Our website allows you to configure your server online with accurate prices, as opposed to NetApp who require several face-to-face meetings with them before they'll give you a price.
Over recent years there's been a massive move from the world's largest organisations such as Google to purchase their servers from the likes of Broadberry rather than DELL and HPE. This move is fuelled by the rise in commodity hardware.
Before leaving our UK workshop, all Broadberry server and storage solutions undergo a rigorous 48 hour testing procedure. This, along with the high-quality industry leading components we use ensure all of our server and storage solutions meet the strictest quality guidelines demanded from us.
Our main objective is to offer great value, high-quality server and storage solutions, we understand that every company has different requirements and as such are able to offer un-equaled flexibility in designing custom server and storage solutions to meet our clients' needs.
We have established ourselves as one of the biggest storage providers in the UK, and since 1989 supplied our server and storage solutions to the world's biggest brands. Our customers include: