Maxta, whose flagship hyperconvergence software allows users to scale storage independent of compute, has introduced a data analytics-driven platform it says will improve visibility into private and multicloud environments.
Maxta's intelligent storage system proactively collects data about cluster configuration and deployment, license information, server hardware inventories and cluster grade history via pre-installed agents on customers’ servers, then transmits it securely to the MxIQ cloud-based service. Maxta MxIQ uses machine learning algorithms to analyze the real-time data across all system clusters. The results can lead to faster troubleshooting, more effective and quicker alerting, and in-depth capacity and performance trend analysis.
The type of intelligent analysis MxIQ provides goes beyond the steps most enterprise storage systems take to prevent and mitigate problems. While most enterprise storage systems have a “call-home feature” that alerts the storage administrator when any pre-set alerts are triggered (such as a bad drive, overcapacity or overheating), MxIQ attacks the problem differently. It uses a process it calls “collective analytics”.
In addition to preset triggers that generate real-time alerts, the intelligent storage system uses analytics both from users’ own environments and from an entire community of users for collective insight. This kind of approach can drastically increase the number of problems that are predicted and automatically resolved before becoming bigger problems. It can also save significant time in managing and resolving storage-related issues.
In many ways, MxIQ’s collective analytics engine gives it capabilities similar to that of HPE Infosight, a popular tool that uses predictive capabilities to pinpoint potential problems and resolve them before they occur. George Crump, president of analyst firm Storage Switzerland, says that while a few other vendors are talking about the concept of a collective analytics engine, he can’t think of any that are actually delivering it today.
Because Maxta’s hyperconvergence solution is software only, users can mix and match hardware, a model that can cause issues as different firmware and drivers begin to interoperate, Crump says. “The hardware interoperation issue is why so many HCI vendors provided turnkey hardware solutions to lower support issues,” he adds. “MxIQ allows Maxta to continue to enable their customers to use the hardware of their choice while alerting them to potential conflicts pro-actively.”