When the company started in 2009, we wanted to really change the complexity that the data center had become and the way we went about that was to change the way data is managed throughout the enterprise. We created a system that dedupes, compresses and optimizes all data in real time, once and forever across all tiers locally and across all sites globally.
Because we dedupe, compress and optimize all data in real time once and forever across all sites and all tiers, that allows us to collapse about twelve different pieces of infrastructure within the data center into a single 2U platform that we call the OmniCube. Then we allow you to scale that out into hundreds or thousands of OminCubes, non-disruptively if you'd like.
We reduce infrastructure complexity by removing the majority of the devices that are required in your traditional IT infrastructure. We're taking things like backup software, backup hardware, primary storage devices, Wan acceleration devices, backup dedupe appliances, servers, networking, and collapsing all of that down into the 2U platform we call the OmniCube.
The main way we lower IT operational costs is by collapsing all of that equipment into the OmniCube, but then also allowing you to manage everything that we do in the OmniCube federation through VMware vCenter. From creating data stores, backing up VMs, restoring VMs, doing replication, all of that is done within vCenter. You never have to logout of vCenter and log into any other system, and that's globally as well. You don't have to log into a site in Tokyo, if you want to manage Tokyo. You can do that from your local site.
SimpliVity increases IT agility by simply allowing you to grow in Lego-like building blocks. You can start with just a couple of OmniCubes in your environment and then add an OmniCube at a time as your environment grows and you need more IO, CPU and storage resources.
Deploying an OmniCube in an IT environment is extremely simple. All you need is VMware, vCenter and our SimpliVity plug-in installed on the vCenter server. You add an Omnicube just like you would any other ESX host: click on our SimpliVity plug-in, and then you begin deploying our federation. It's all wizard driven; next>next>next>finish, you create your federation and after that, you simply add your other OmniCubes just like you did the first one, and they join the federation like every other OmniCube in the environment.