Now on Stage… Citrix Melio!
It’s time for another intriguing post on the Citrix blog site.
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By now, many if not most of you are aware of Citrix’s acquisition of Sanbolic earlier this year. In our effort to help as many customers as possible realize the significant benefits afforded by Sanbolic’s Melio storage and data virtualization software, Citrix began offering Melio as a stand-alone product in early May. Since then, we’ve participated in numerous discussions with customers, both new and existing, and have held weekly webinars and demonstrations highlighting the unique and extensive capabilities of the Melio SDS software platform. Thanks to these events, we’ve garnered a tremendous amount of interest in Melio!
We have Citrix partners practically knocking down our doors to receive training so they can introduce Melio to their clients. We’ve built a fast-growing pipeline of customers, many of whom have successfully completed their evaluations of the Melio software. And we have a large number of customers who have implemented Melio in their Citrix environments and are already reaping the rewards (see benefits outlined below).
With so many of our partners and customers eager to learn as much about Melio as they can, I thought this would be an opportune time to formerly introduce the Citrix ecosystem to Melio.
In a single phrase, Melio is the epitome of software-defined storage (SDS).
Specifically, Melio is an infrastructure-agnostic software-based storage and data virtualization platform available to Citrix customers looking to simplify, enable and enhance their new or pre-existing Citrix Workspace environments. Sold as a stand-alone product, Melio removes the complexity, constraints and costs associated with deploying, managing and operating traditional IT infrastructures by pooling and sharing storage resources across compute nodes in order to unify the management and scale-out of heterogeneous storage environments.
By aggregating storage resources into logical volumes that can be shared (read-and-write) across multiple compute nodes (physical, virtual, cloud-based), Melio provides the following benefits:
- Centralized data management and protection
- Application availability and scale-out
- Improved IT agility
- Enhanced operation efficiency
- Reduced IT infrastructure management complexity and cost
Rather than relying on traditional approaches to application availability and scale-out, which entail replicating data sets across nodes to ensure data can be accessed during unexpected outages, Melio customers leverage a highly available and dynamically scalable shared storage architecture that allows multiple compute nodes (application servers) to read and write to logical volumes concurrently, thereby enabling application availability, scale-out and load-distribution without the need to constantly replicate business-critical data across nodes to ensure its availability.
Melio also offers customers the ability to create their own hyper-converged infrastructures (using commodity compute and storage hardware) that provide comparable (and in many cases, better) levels of performance, resiliency and scalability to traditional high-end storage arrays at a fraction of the cost. The “intelligence” of these systems, which is provided by the Melio software, is delivered to administrators at the host layer, enabling them to apply enterprise storage-management features and advanced data services across servers, volumes and workloads dynamically to meet constantly changing business demands.
Since Melio is a software-based solution whose extensive capabilities are not constrained by hardware, customers looking to scale-out their IT environments have the option to add compute and storage resources individually or together depending on which resources are needed to support ever-increasing workload demands. As an added bonus, rather than being locked into proprietary hardware-based storage solutions, Melio offers them the flexibility to incorporate any hardware components they deem best capable of supporting application requirements. Best of all, the inherent “sharing” aspect of Melio allows more nodes to be added to an existing environment without introducing the need to replicate more data.
To elaborate, in typical storage environments where data resides in “silos” (each volume is accessed by a single node with data replicated across nodes to ensure availability), adding more nodes means data has to be replicated across more nodes — leading to poor storage utilization. In contrast, Melio customers can add nodes to the “shared storage” cluster dynamically without having to replicate data across the new nodes. Benefits to this approach include enhanced storage utilization and linear improvements in performance (two huge benefits that cannot be realized through traditional storage architectures that rely on replication to ensure data availability).
For our XenApp and XenDesktop customers, all the benefits described above can be realized regardless of whether their application and desktop delivery solutions exist in one or multiple data centers. In either case, Melio provides an active/active storage architecture for high availability and load-balancing of XenApp servers and XenDesktops, as well as disaster recovery for business continuity. What’s more, Melio extends these benefits to customers whose IT environments contain a variety of compute and storage devices (different makes and models), allowing them to utilize their existing (disparate) infrastructure components rather than being coerced into purchasing new hardware and/or rebuilding their infrastructures from scratch.
And there you have it, our formal introduction to Citrix Melio. While there’s a whole lot more to cover, we’ll keep the rest for future blog posts.
Interested in learning more? Register to attend one of our weekly “Introduction to Citrix Melio” webinars at https://www.citrix.com/events/introduction-to-citrix-melio-and-workspacepod.html.
You can also learn more about Melio at http://www.citrix.com/products/melio/overview.html.
If you’d like to download a copy of Melio for evaluation purposes, please visit clients.sanbolic.com and register an account. You’ll be notified that your account has been approved within minutes of registering so you can log into the clients.sanbolic.com website and download a copy of the Melio software.
Until next time,