With 70% or more of x86 workloads virtualized, many IT organizations are looking for ways to gain further efficiency in IT. Some are enabling the same level of abstraction (and the accompanying speed, automation, and efficiency) in other areas of the data center via software-driven infrastructure. Software-defined “X” decouples the software from proprietary systems and enables delivery of IT services on standard components. This is just one reason why hyperconverged infrastructure is gaining momentum. Simplifying IT and operations ranks right at the top too.
A recent TechValidate survey shows that many of SimpliVity’s customers grappled with unnecessary complexity prior to deploying SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. One of the survey questions focused on the number of discrete IT devices or services managed independently in their environment. Nintey-nine percent (99%) cited 4 or more devices, while over half (57%) cited 7 or more. At the top end of the spectrum, nearly 40% claimed 10 or more discrete devices. Yowza.
SimpliVity’s hyperconvergence combines key IT resources together into scalable building blocks that can be clustered to create a single, shared pool of resources, and enable management of resources and workloads through the software layer. This results in greatly simplifying IT infrastructure since resource islands are eliminated. By doing so, resource utilization is increased, maximizing the return on investment. And, instead of relying on separate systems, IT teams and provisioning processes, virtualization administrators are empowered to provision and deploy workloads independently. That means faster implementation, time to value, and ROI. It also simplifies scale.
Now, think about the many management interfaces that are aligned with the discrete devices. Hypervisors, storage devices, WAN optimizers, backup software, etc. each has its own management interface. That means that policies setting, resource and process monitoring, and task management are performed in multiple places for a single workload. Given the workload-centric nature of software-driven data centers, continuing to operate at a hardware level will stymy your progress. It’s also not very efficient!
In a recent TechValidate survey, SimpliVity customers were polled regarding the number of product interfaces used for day-to-day IT management. The majority of respondents (50%) cited 4 or 5 interfaces. One-quarter use 3 or less management consoles, while another 25% of respondents use six or more.
SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure enables global management of workloads and resources – from a single interface. Hyperconverged infrastructure nodes or building blocks are clustered to form a single resource pool, so it only makes sense to manage all resources and workloads in the cluster as a whole and from a single interface. By simplifying operations via centralized management, customers introduce productivity gains.
A SimpliVity customer at a medium enterprise healthcare company sums up the operational improvements:
“End user support has improved because I do not have to focus on day to day management tasks of a standard infrastructure. My day to day operation is infinitely easier, and our TCO is visibly less, as well as less to worry about in the future with multiple maintenance/support contracts.”
So, how do these research findings compare to your IT environment?
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