- Pivot3 announced the release of its priority-aware hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software platform called Acuity, enabling the consolidation of multiple mixed-application workloads onto a single infrastructure.
Acuity lets organizations scale their IT infrastructure across a wider range of applications. The solution’s range increases the limit of the workload a system can manage, making it more predictable and reliable than traditional HCI solutions.
Pivot3’s fifth-generation policy-based management engine simplifies workflow management. The priority-aware solution automatically applies resources to mission-critical applications for reliable performance and predictable results.
Healthcare organizations stand to benefit from priority-aware automation. An infrastructure system that can distinguish emergency applications over less urgent applications will ensure that timely medical treatment always gets priority.
Acuity’s advanced policy-based management engine uses non-volatile memory express (NVMe) peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) flash to deliver a higher level of performance over its previous generation of HCI technology. The NVMe PCIe flash data performance is under control of Pivot3’s policy-based Quality of Service (QoS) engine.
“Customers have experienced success with hyperconverged systems running single applications such as VDI, and now they are increasingly using the same systems to handle multiple mixed workloads,” 451 Group Senior Analyst Tim Stammers said in a statement. “But that can create resource contention between applications, and the risk of not meeting performance SLAs.”
“One solution is to combine QoS controls with the efficient use of high performance resources such as NVMe flash,” Stammers continued. “Pivot3’s Acuity platform uses NVMe flash alongside policy-based – but sophisticated – QoS controls.”
Acuity’s policy-based simplicity and priority-aware intelligence stems from its QoS engine integrated with its multi-tier architecture.
Some of Acuity’s features include pre-defined performance and user-defined data protection policies. It also has automatic workload prioritization, real-time multi-tier data placement, and self-management with a customizable performance dashboard for ongoing management decisions based on application insight.
The solution also features a policy scheduler to allow administrators to schedule performance and data protection policy changes based on cyclical business processes that change application requirements.
Hyper-convergence virtualizes elements of datacenter infrastructure from storage and networking to process and memory. The entire infrastructure is managed from a single place, which gives IT administrators more visibility and control over the entire environment.
Hyper-convergence can be run in a cloud or on-premise environment and lets IT administrators control all virtual deployments from one place. This allows for less user error and faster technology speeds.
HCI’s are typically deployed for standalone use cases, such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Pivot3 is currently being used at Southern New Hampshire Health (SNHH), which uses HCI to grant clinicians constant access to their personal desktop environments.
The hyper-converged environment allows SNHH clinicians to access their personal desktop environments quickly and conveniently by eliminating the need to type in burdensome passwords so they can spend more time treating patients.
“A lot of organizations are demanding quick turnkey solutions that are easy to deploy, easy to maintain, easy to configure and they don’t have to take a lot of time integrating all the components in the data center before they can deploy them,” Pivot3 Chief Marketing Officer Bruce Miline told HITInfrastructure.com.
“There’s a challenge with physicians at the point of care, whether it’s in an admitting room or even just a consult room, logging into all the applications they need to get all the patient information and to capture their patient data as they’re doing their diagnosis,” he continued. “We found that physicians were spending something 10 minutes per engagement logging into all the applications, because every time they went into a new room, they had to log in again as their persona on all those applications.”
Organizations are embracing hyper-convergence for certain aspects of their health IT infrastructure for a fast, visible, and scalable environment.