All IT admins understand the challenges and complications involved with launching or integrating remote or branch office (ROBO) IT. Nowadays many businesses are turning to pre-integrated or converged storage, servers and virtualization packages, and others even attempt to integrate best-of-breed components themselves, but these are not perfect solutions for ROBO.
They do not address the lack of IT resources at ROBOs, and can actually perpetuate WAN bandwidth inefficiencies and bottlenecks. Do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions always end up taking more time and resources than anticipated; resources that must continue to be applied for on-going upgrades, integrations and support. And for ROBOs, replicating a DIY approach across multiple locations with little or no local IT support is a risky proposition.
Pre-integrated storage, servers and virtualization packages also do not address the limited IT resources at distributed locations. And their design does nothing to address the increasing quantity of data being generated by business applications that must be accommodated on WAN. According to ESG, this is the number one challenge for service delivery of business applications over WAN to ROBO.[i] This can impact not only production system performance – frustrated users – but also make any realistic remote backup strategy extremely problematic.
SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure addresses the fundamental ROBO challenges through a quantum leap in design. First, all services “below the hypervisor” are combined in a single shared pool of commodity x86 resources—not just servers and storage but the entire legacy stack. This enables a scalable, modular building block approach that not only controls up front capital investment, but also reduces OPEX, including maintenance, power and cooling. And second, SimpliVity’s OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform increases performance and reduces application data as it deduplicates, compresses, and optimizes all data, at inception, once and forever, across all stages of the data lifecycle.
SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure impacts the ROBO in at least two critical dimensions: data efficiency and built-in data protection. For distributed environments, multiple hyperconverged infrastructure building blocks within and across data centers combine to form a federation, resulting in a massively-scalable, shared resource pool. Distributed infrastructure within the federation experience on average a 40:1 data efficiency improvement. Customers can imagine how this helps their WAN bandwidth efficiencies and costs.
Far less data to manage also means faster, more reliable backups and restores, with recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) measured in minutes – even over the WAN – without requiring the support and maintenance of any third-party hardware or software. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure delivers a complete ROBO and disaster recovery solution with synchronous replication, providing high availability (HA) either locally or remotely, and off-site replication.
There are other significant business benefits contributing to the increasing momentum of hyperconverged infrastructure in ROBOs: greater global visibility and more flexibility to scale as needed to accommodate changing business, ROBO requirements.
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[i] ESG Research Report: Remote Office/Branch Office Technology Trends. Source: Enterprise Strategy Group, 2015.