Imagine your company just acquired another business, and as the IT leader, you acquired their partially virtualized, largely legacy data center along with it. To top it off, your organization is experiencing hyper-growth, and as a result, hyper-complexity in your data center. You’ve got to make a change – it has to be simpler.
The phrase “data center consolidation” comes to mind. You could consolidate two or more data centers down to one or perhaps de-clutter and simplify your IT stack. The reasons for “consolidation” are endless and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. But, there is a simple way – hyperconvergence. You just have to choose between “going all the way” or having “it your way” with partial convergence
Hyperconverged infrastructure, or what I refer to as “Convergence 3.0” in an earlier blog, converges all IT infrastructure and services below the hypervisor into a 2U building block. All IT infrastructure and services below the hypervisor – that is a very bold and powerful statement with endless potential, especially for IT organizations looking to consolidate their infrastructure in one way or another. It also may seem a little overwhelming for some who are perhaps so far entrenched and invested into their existing environments that they couldn’t possibly imagine replacing years and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of infrastructure with a 2U appliance that does it all.
SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure is revolutionizing the data center, which, according to Merriam-Webster.com, is “to change fundamentally or completely.” With that said, many adopters of hyperconvergence have fully converged their data centers and others decided to have it their way by getting their toes wet by hyperconverging only part of their infrastructure.
SimpliVity’s OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform delivers the x86 cloud economics that IT organizations demand with the enterprise class capabilities that businesses require, including performance, data efficiency, built-in data protection, and global unified management. SimpliVity is used by customers all over the globe for data center consolidation use cases that involve complete data center overhauls as well as phased consolidation efforts.
Take for example, Verso (formerly “NewPage”), a paper manufacturing company with multiple sites. Verso was looking to virtualize key applications, replace their legacy IT infrastructure, and improve backup and disaster recovery all while reducing costs. Seems like quite the project. Verso went all the way, replacing its legacy systems, including HP BladeSystems, HP SANs, EMC SANs, EMC Avamar, and multiple UIs, which made up 164U with SimpliVity OmniCubes – in only 20U! Verso also restructured its backup and disaster recovery plan for more than 220 VMs between its two sites 100 miles apart thanks to SimpliVity’s built-in data protection.
Another SimpliVity customer, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, decided to have it their way – achieving data center consolidation by adopting SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for different use cases in phases over time. St. John’s started off using SimpliVity to support their core hospital applications. Next, they added Citrix XenApp for their healthcare workers. After that, St. John’s needed to virtualize their McKesson PACS, but their legacy infrastructure could not handle this workload when it was virtualized. The McKesson PACs were migrated over to SimpliVity with ease. So far, SimpliVity has consolidated St. John’s core data center from five full racks of gear down to two. This dramatically reduced the OPEX costs associated with space, power, and cooling. Not to mention that St. John’s is achieving 46:1 data efficiency and with over 84% capacity savings.
There are countless opportunities for innovation and advancement for your organization as a result of consolidating some or all of your IT infrastructure under the hypervisor onto SimpliVity.
To learn more about deploying hyperconverged infrastructure, check out the Gorilla Guide.