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Maxta aims to bring AI to HCI with MxIQ

Maxta is bringing predictive analytics into hyper-convergence.

Maxta Hyperconvergence software runs on x86 hardware using VMware or Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization hypervisors to create hyper-converged clusters. Today it officially launched MxIQ analytics, which is designed to work similarly to the predictive analytics that have become popular on storage arrays.

Unlike performance analytics running on storage arrays, though, MxIQ analyzes logs on servers, hypervisors and networking devices as well as storage.

“We heard from partners and customers that they were flying blind, they didn’t know when they were running out of capacity or performance,” Maxta VP of product management Kiran Sreenivasamurthy said. “They did not have hard data to understand the behavior of a cluster.”

MxIQ is a free feature built into Maxta Hyperconvergence software but Sreenivasamurthy said Maxta will consider charging for advance features planned in future releases.  For now, all new Maxta customers and those who upgrade to the latest software version (3.4.1) have access to Maxta MxIQ.

“In the future, we’re looking at applying changes at customers’ sites using recommendations based on machine learning,” Sreenivasamurthy said. “We’ll react to changes that we see and anomalies that we detect.”

Maxta MxIQ looks at compute, storage, network and virtualization under management of Maxta software to determine and forecast system health and availability. Sreenivasamurthy said MxIQ can tell customers if a drive is close to failing, whether new components are compatible with existing hardware, and if performance issues are caused by storage, compute or networking.  The software sends capacity and availability alerts and shows usage trends. MxIq uses statistics from its entire customer base to make its forecasts.

Maxta MxIQ consists of software that runs on AWS or in a customer’s data center and agents that install on all severs in a cluster. The agents collect information on the servers and send them to the software running on AWS or in the data center.

Sreenivasamurthy said customers can opt out of sharing their information from one cluster, an individual server or from any of their servers. He said at least 10 customers have used the software during its early release program.

MxIQ runs in active mode in one server in each cluster and runs in passive mode on the other servers. If the active server fails, one of the passive devices in that cluster becomes active.

MxIQ has three levels of user privilege – customer, partner and admin. Partners are service providers or other Maxta partners who sell its hype-rconverged software. Maxta MxIQ shows them all of their end-user customer clusters. The Admin is the person supporting the software, either the end customer or partner.