Green IT – it’s a trendy buzzword that most vendors claim, but what does it really mean?
In 1992, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the Energy Star Program, which was meant to enable businesses and individuals to save money and protect the environment through energy efficiency.
Nowadays, Energy Star is the norm. The real issue in the 21st century is not the energy efficiency of internal devices, but instead the volume of devices.
According to a survey conducted by TechValidate, more than half of midmarket customers used at least seven different devices before turning to hyperconvergence and 39% used 10 or more.
Real Green IT is doing something different. Its aim is “to minimize the negative impact of IT operations on the environment by designing, manufacturing, operating and disposing of computers and computer-related products in an environmentally-friendly manner.” (Source: TechTarget)
Real Green IT is about moving away from buzzwords and fundamentally changing the way we’ve been doing things. It requires a new way of thinking.
SimpliVity and its partner, Eaton, are delivering just that.
For starters, SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure assimilates eight to 12 discreet applications and appliances down to one. Gone are the days of requiring separate products for the server, the storage array, the backup appliance, the WAN optimizer. Instead, we take a single, x86 commodity server and offer all of the IT services below the hypervisor via our Data Virtualization Platform.
Eliminating all of this hardware reduces the capital expenditures for sure, but the operational advantages are often overlooked. For example, if a SimpliVity customer reduced a full 42U rack of legacy infrastructure to 4U with our hyperconverged infrastructure, think of the power and cooling savings! On average, a rack unit costs between $25-50 per unit per month, which means the customer would be saving $1000-2000 per month.
That’s real Green IT – energy, efficiency and cost savings all in one.
Our customer, Francis Drilling Fluids, a drilling fluids and shipping firm located in Louisiana is a great example: 20U down to 4U with increased application performance; data capacity savings of up to 39:1; and improved data protection with an enterprise-class solution. After moving to SimpliVity, their energy bills decreased 90% from about $17,000 to $1,200 per year!
With Eaton, customers can combine the cost savings of the hyperconverged platform, with the operational benefits of intelligent power management. Let’s give a specific example: what if a customer has a power outage? UPS will typically keep their data center operational for 30 or 60 minutes, but then what? Either they get the power back or their gear shuts down. With SimpliVity and Eaton, now they have more options: the integration allows them to intelligently and gracefully shut down virtual machines (VMs) based on policy, migrate more critical VMs to another SimpliVity system, and extend the life of those VMs in a more intelligent manner.