Today’s IT organizations generally buy and integrate numerous point solutions, from a plethora of vendors, each with its own training courses, licensing, refresh cycles, and mode of operation.
These point products are the result of years of planning and investments to support business applications. We hear the same story time and time again: You virtualized about 5 to 8 years ago and naturally a data protection strategy project came directly after that. The SharePoint implementation project for your marketing organization took eons to complete and required purchasing a new SAN. It feels like you just bought that SAN yesterday but you blinked, three years flew by, and it’s time to refresh, again. The decision to buy all of these products made sense at the time, but today, for many IT teams, data center complexity can feel overwhelming and discourage innovation.
All of this has really cooked up several challenges for IT organizations – time overhead spent on operational tasks, mobility and management of VMs, budget constraints, breaching service level agreements, operational efficiency, application performance… the list goes on and on.
With that said, there is an increasing number of IT initiatives focused on data center consolidation. According the 2015 State of Hyperconvergence report, 61% of respondents have plans to adopt hyperconverged infrastructure for data center consolidation initiatives.
SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure is an ideal solution for companies undertaking data consolidation initiatives.
SimpliVity allows customers to hyperconverge the complexity out of the datacenter with a 2U building block that provides cloud economics and enterprise capabilities in a pay-as-you grow model. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure eliminates the need for 8-12 point data center products, which not only simplifies management, but dramatically reduces the physical footprint within the data center.
SimpliVity customer Francis Drilling Fluids embarked on a data center consolidation initiative and effectively reduced their infrastructure from 20U down to just 4U with the SimpliVity OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS. Francis Drilling was able to relieve their VM server sprawl, improve their DR strategy, and streamline its virtualized data center. CIO at Francis Drilling Fluids, Steve Schaaf, said “We looked at the total cost of ownership on the whole project and it was easy to justify SimpliVity to management because we were able to eliminate much of our existing infrastructure”.
With true hyperconvergence, data center consolidation initiatives can finally be realized and not just imagined. SimpliVity not only consolidates the infrastructure but also brings VM-centricity and data mobility into fruition. SimpliVity takes a “top-down” data and VM-centric approach to replace the hardware-centric management that legacy IT infrastructure is infamous for.
The OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform ensures that policies align with workloads and not the underlying infrastructure components. This allows for the executing of actions and management tasks at the VM level and eliminates the complex mapping between workloads, resources, and data.