Picture a closet at your favorite store.
Just an ordinary closet. From the outside anyway.
Imagine what’s just beyond that closed closet door. If you turn the handle, what will you see?
I picture dust particles floating in a dim room lit by a single ceiling light. A few yellow “Slippery When Wet” signs. A broom and a dustpan. Shelves, piled high with bottles full of blue-colored cleaning concoctions, paper towels, and trash bags.
But this is no ordinary closet.
This closet may foreshadow the future of IT, but for the moment it is an outlier, completely devoid of brooms and dustpans, of cleaning supplies, paper towels, “Slippery When Wet” signs, and trash bags.
This closet is empty except for one or two appliances running the entire IT infrastructure of your favorite store along with network connectivity to the outside world.
Businesses across the globe are finding that space is limited. There is just not enough room in every branch of a business to deploy a typical IT infrastructure. So business owners are turning to extreme measures by consolidating their entire infrastructure into a simple, easy-to-use product which can be comfortably stored in the tightest of quarters. Yes, even a closet.
In fact, in the closets of supermarkets located in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, you can find SimpliVity OmniCubes keeping day-to-day IT operations easy and efficient. The business in question was looking to improve their disaster recovery and availability. The systems they had been running were inefficient, outdated, and could put the company at significant risk if there were an outage of any kind.
The supermarket chain decided to deploy 20 SimpliVity OmniCube nodes: 16 CN-2200s and four CN-3000s. With SimpliVity’s global unified management, the company was able to accomplish their data center modernization and consolidation projects. The CN-2200s, located in the closets of 16 separate storefronts, became fully-functional IT infrastructures for each individual supermarket.
Many remote offices and branch offices either don’t have any shared storage or have very little shared storage. This is often due to the cost of shared storage, which many businesses aren’t able or willing to take on at a ROBO location. On top of that, data protection is often less than adequate. Data loss is a major challenge for remote and branch offices, especially since remote offices can house much of a company’s data.
SimpliVity’s Unified Protected ROBO solution addresses common ROBO challenges and is what enables customers to pack an entire data center into a closet. We take the remote out of ROBO.
SimpliVity brings together all IT below the hypervisor. Gone are the days where a horde of devices are necessary to keep a remote office or branch office up and running. With SimpliVity, everything is built-in. So there is no need for separate appliances for things like servers, storage, data protection, or WAN optimization, for example. All of these functions are built-in and work together in harmony as part of SimpliVity’s unique technology.
Just ask the popular storage and home furnishings company which recently deployed 33 OmniCube CN-2200s. This well-known home organization company wanted to simplify their IT infrastructure and found that SimpliVity was the answer they had been searching for. They were able to deploy 33 SimpliVity OmniCubes and keep them running in the closets of their branch locations. They were so impressed that they returned to SimpliVity when they needed to run more operations out of tight quarters as they purchased another 14 OmniCube CN-2200s to place in additional remote locations. The company was able to solve all of their ROBO pain points with SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure. Pain points such as poor application performance, slow file transfer speed, and the cost of WAN bandwidth, just to name a few, were assuaged by SimpliVity. Our Unified Protected Remote Office Solution enabled us to be the go-to solution for this storage and home furnishings store.
Actually, our solution delivers the best of both worlds: enterprise capabilities and cloud economics, which enables us to be the go-to solution for a number of use cases. Whether it’s VDI, tier-1 applications, data center consolidation, or a slew of other use cases, our best of both worlds mentality is what makes us the leader in hyperconvergence. We guarantee it.
SimpliVity is able to improve data protection, application performance, and availability, all while doing so in a smaller footprint. And a smaller footprint means companies can save on power and cooling costs. It also means that SimpliVity’s products can be stored in small spaces.
So next time you pass by a closet in any given business, instead of imagining a parade of cleaning supplies, listen carefully for the humming of SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure appliances hard at work.