How to get your Virtualization Technology to Remove Complexity and Increase Efficiency

By Dan Newton

Our customers have always been at the forefront of our design and engineering decisions. As we introduce new solutions, our focus is on empowering organizations to engage their generalists and relieve their specialists. General IT administrators can deploy and manage virtualization technology, thus free up time for specialists to innovate for their customers and their business.

Equally important, we want an intelligent virtualization solution that helps organizations make the best use of their infrastructure. You should be increasing workload densities while continuing to improve performance, all while extending the life of existing hardware or deploying on commodity infrastructure.

The What and Why Behind 7.3

Hive Fabric combines an AI-ready Message Bus and a design-centric user interface (UI) to deliver a virtualization solution that does not require specialists. IT administrators of any skill level can deploy virtual desktops, virtual servers, or software-defined storage (SDS). The latest version of Hive Fabric — version 7.3 — was developed based on direct customer feedback, removing complexity from operations, and further optimizing the use of infrastructure.

The Freedom of Choice with GPU Integration

Hive Fabric 7.3 offers seamless Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) integration while continuing to provide freedom of choice when it comes to hardware decisions. You can select the GPU solution that matches workload requirements, and deploy Nvidia, ATI, or Intel GPUs based on the performance requirements and licensing models that best suit your needs.

Enabling the sharing of GPU acceleration resources greatly improves the cost-benefit of deploying GPU hardware. HiveIO works with K-12 schools, universities, hospitals, and architect firms that all have use cases for GPU acceleration in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). With Hive Fabric 7.3, IT administrators can share GPU hardware across pools of virtual desktops, instantly giving doctors, nurses, students, and architects access to high-performing virtual desktops without the need for expensive hardware.

Making Memory More Efficient

Memory is a precious resource in data centers and, similar to GPU acceleration, the same level of efficiency needs to be applied. Hive Fabric offers the ability to present RAM as primary storage, which particularly benefits virtual desktops. With Hive Fabric 7.3, we added even greater configuration granularity for RAM distribution as primary storage, giving organizations additional gains in storage and memory optimization.

Increasing Performance of Solid-State Drives

Improving the performance of existing solid-state drives (SSD) doesn’t have to be complicated. Hive Fabric 7.3 comes with easy-to-deploy and configure NVMe caching. If you’re not quite ready for NVMe but still need to improve performance without having to replace all your spinning disks, there are other options. Through the Hive Fabric 7.3 UI, configuring SSDs as a caching layer takes a matter of seconds. Hive Fabric’s NVMe caching enables you to meet storage performance requirements that were previously cost prohibitive and completely out of reach.

Along with GPU acceleration, in-memory storage, and NVMe caching, Hive Fabric 7.3 delivers new Software Defined Networking (SDN), increased shared storage configuration options, and Hive Sense’s automated system for data and log capture. Now, HiveIO customers have a highly performant yet cost-effective virtualization solution. What’s more, this is all delivered without operational complexity and the need for specialists.

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