The Zen of Atlantis USX on Citrix XenServer: Part I Setup
What is Atlantis USX software defined storage? How does it work on Citrix XenServer? What does the impact of hyper converged on Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp workloads? If I'm using Citrix XenServer for non-VDI workloads, is software defined storage applicable to me? This is Part I in a blog series looking to answer such questions and provide insight into the possibilities of reducing the costs of delivering a virtualised environment while improving the performance.
Atlantis USX is software defined storage platform. Atlantis USX is designed to abstract different storage types and increase the efficiency of hardware based storage. Atlantis USX is a pure software solution, the USX software can be used with Citrix XenServer (and/or VMware vSphere) deployed on your own choice of server hardware be it HP, Dell, IBM, Cisco, SuperMicro.. or whatever.
Atlantis USX can be used to pool SAN, NAS, DAS and even RAM storage and accelerate its performance by up to ten times while increasing that storage capacity by up to ten times. With Atlantis USX, you can transition seamlessly from costly shared storage systems to lower cost hyper-converged systems and public cloud storage.
My phantastic colleague Hugo, and virtualisation community members such as Vladan Seget and Dane Young have described Atlantis USX in a VMware context. In the original series I looked at using USX in a Citrix XenServer environment as, with Atlantis USX v2.2, Atlantis USX is available on the Citrix XenServer 6.5 HCL
In the updated series I take a look at USX 3.5.1 on XenServer 7.