StackIQ: The Modern Data Center : Massive Growth, Services Scalability, and Disposable Infrastructure
Whereas the VM era was all about efficiency and services mobility, this new era is about massive growth, services scalability, and disposable infrastructure. Low cost commodity servers architected in collaborative clusters have made VMs less necessary for compute-intensive, scale out applications.Organizations are rethinking their application architectures, infrastructure build-outs, and service delivery models, to position for new opportunities. Microservices, Hadoop, Private and hybrid clouds, loosely coupled systems, Big Data, and so on.
Two operational challenges arise in the modern data center scenario. First, infrastructure is becoming increasingly heterogeneous and large scale. Second, the level of complexity to operate and manage these scale out server clusters is exponentially more difficult. The big missing piece in this generation of infrastructure is the type of off-the-shelf reliable management and provisioning hypervisor technologies brought to the virtual infrastructure. That is precisely the gap StackIQ fills for the “post hypervisor” world.
The StackIQ Warehouse-grade Automation Platform
Building and managing scale out infrastructure is the toughest part of today’s IT ops job. Comprehensive automated management is critical for complex, distributed, hyperscale systems. StackIQ offers the only complete Warehouse-grade automation platform for scale out infrastructure delivering enterprise requirements for use cases such as Hadoop, OpenStack, NoSQL, Docker, transcoders, and many other workloads.
StackIQ’s solution comprises three parts. Our flagship StackIQ Boss is analogous to the central nervous system, performing the main duties of server discovery, pre-configuration, base installation, and ongoing health and performance. StackIQ Pallets are pre-built configuration packs (for distributions such as Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR, etc.) that slip into Boss and turn configuration tasks into a single (and total) automation effort. StackIQ Wire is the programmatic framework that enables customers to customize Boss or create new Pallets without specialized coding.The end result of the combined Boss-Pallets-Wire set of capabilities is that the customer gets a truly off-the-shelf automation platform for modern scale out infrastructure.
Market Competition – Legacy Tools, Partial Products, and DevOps
Systems management and server automation are very crowded fields populated largely by legacy toolsets patched together, partial products that address only portions of the software stack, and DevOps “automation” scripts that typically must be integrated into a true automation platform eventually. These options deliver questionable results while introducing complication and risk to ops teams, especially at large scale. StackIQ is highly differentiated in providing the only full-stack automation platform with pre-built configuration packs and a modular framework.
Distinguished Customers Innovating and Expanding
Our customer base comprises large organizations, many within the Fortune 500, that are utilizing the capabilities of a centralized automation platform to support exciting data initiatives. We have a tier one wireless operator that, like many organizations today, wanted to begin with a pilot environment for new technologies. The customer wanted to build a 50-node Hadoop cluster to compare management solutions and assess analytics. After a successful pilot, the customer deployed a 150-node production Hadoop cluster and added another 145-node cluster two months later, all with StackIQ Boss.
What’s Next – Igniting StackIQ Pilots
We continue to see significant momentum with very large enterprise and service provider deals. Now, we’re focused on helping more organizations successfully deploy smaller pilot projects for Hadoop, Openstack, and other scale-out use cases. We want to get our product into as many hands as possible, so users can see the value first-hand.