Maxta MxIQ Uses Analytics to Improve Storage Availability Across Clouds

MxIQ data analytics product is said to give users real-time visibility into their private cloud and multi-cloud environments to eliminate storage and data-movement issues before they occur and also obtain insights into key performance metrics.

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Hyperconverged storage software maker Maxta, which is growing a niche clientele in a hot segment that includes Nutanix and others, has launched an analytics-insight platform to go with its frontline product.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company claims that its new MxIQ data analytics product, released Nov. 6, gives users real-time visibility into their private cloud and multi-cloud environments to eliminate storage and data-movement issues before they occur and also obtain insights into key performance metrics.

Maxta MxIQ combines configuration metrics with visibility into capacity, performance and system health trends across data centers and clouds to provide a granular overview of customers’ IT environments.  In this way, better storage-management decisions can be made—on the fly, if necessary.

MxIQ aggregates metrics and trends across the entire Maxta customer base to identify potential impacts on system health and availability to enable proactive technical support.  Metadata is collected via pre-installed agents on customers’ servers and transmitted securely to the MxIQ cloud-based service where correlated issues are analyzed and resolved.

Using MxIQ, users and/or reseller partners gain insight into:

  • Whether an SSD or hard drive was about to fail in advance of it happening
  • Compatibility issues of newly-installed components based on other customers’ deployments
  • Tailored recommendations to improve performance and optimize resources
  • Whether performance issues are related to storage, compute or networking
  • Capacity needs with alerts to add drives to servers
  • Performance and capacity trends over the past month, year or more 

With insight not only into their own system capacity, performance and health information but also learned from other Maxta customers, MxIQ gives users the ability to predict future trends so that CIOs and IT administrators can plan on how best to allocate their resources. Historical data trends for capacity and performance are available, as well as metadata concerning cluster configuration, licensing information, VM inventory and logs.

MxIQ is an integrated component of Maxta Hyperconvergence software, which offers customers the freedom and flexibility to choose or change server hardware and hypervisors so they can avoid vendor lock-in. Maxta says it supports every major server brand, multiple hypervisors, and containers using OpenShift Container Management Platform. It is also easy to run mixed workloads on the same cluster by natively optimizing application performance and resiliency policies in each cluster on a per application basis, Maxta said. 

Basic MxIQ reporting capabilities are included with Maxta Hyperconvergence software with optional value-added data analytics available at an additional cost. 

MxIQ is available through Maxta’s resale partners.  For more information, go here.

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