Let’s face it: there are so many conversations about ROBO today that they are all starting to sound a bit familiar and the challenges, commonplace.
However, there are plenty of ROBO deployments that are far from commonplace. Just think of the extreme ROBO cases, where “remote” doesn’t mean “not at headquarters” but rather hundreds of miles off the shore of Antarctica. Extreme ROBO cases have challenged IT teams to rethink how to design, build, and manage their infrastructure to serve the unique challenges for extremely remote areas that still need fast accessibility to business-critical applications. Whether extreme ROBO or standard ROBO, many enterprises are adopting hyperconverged infrastructure.
Take one SimpliVity customer, one of the largest energy companies in the Southern Hemisphere – let’s call them Oil & Gas Company (OGC for short)– who took remote to a whole new level when they deployed SimpliVity’s OmniCubes on their ships 200 miles off-shore.
OGC was faced with an issue – their legacy gear was not meeting the SLAs for their mission-critical apps, including SQL Server and industry specific apps that monitor buoys and wave patterns. Not to mention that for disaster recovery, OGC was using tape – yes, tape that they have to physically move off the ship in order to protect their data because ship-to-shore connectivity was so poor. This was pretty hard to achieve given that the ship didn’t come to shore that frequently and so this put the company at significant risk. They weren’t able to meet their SLAs in terms of RPOs and RTOs, with recovery taking up to a full day. Other challenges the customer faced included lack of space, budget, and IT personnel onboard the ships and so they decided it was time to move on from legacy gear.
The customer deployed two SimpliVity OmniCubes onboard. The deployment was seamless with all 10 VMs on the ship non-disruptively moved over to the OmniCubes in just two hours. Two full racks were reduced to one, effectively reducing power and cooling costs and space needed while increasing productivity and efficiency. Moreover, the customer experienced 10x improvement in RTOs and improved RPOs from several hours to just minutes. And they experience no issues sending data over their high latency 2Mbps satellite link given SimpliVity’s unique approach to data efficiency. SimpliVity made the previously unachievable, totally achievable – and easy!
Now let’s board another ship, a Cruise Line Company (CLC for short) and SimpliVity customer, who mastered their ROBO plan and consolidated their legacy infrastructure on their cruise ships. Previously, CLC had standardized on Dell servers with NetApp storage hardware in their Florida data center with some Dell servers on board their ships. The customer wanted to refresh the equipment in the data center while also looking for a disaster recovery solution for the ships. Some familiar challenges were present here, including lack of IT resources onboard the cruise ships, lack of space, and of course the challenges associated with sending data over the WAN.
CLC was able to successfully deploy 20+ SimpliVity OmniCubes on their large cruise ships, who now all benefit from SimpliVity’s Unified Protected ROBO solution. All of these systems can be managed from vCenter from their main data center on shore. To make things even more efficient, with SimpliVity, the customer also repurposes their OmniCubes when their ships are out of service during the off-seasons.
Both Extreme ROBO customers, OGC and CLC, benefit from SimpliVity’s Unified Protected ROBO from the middle of the ocean, with one management screen, and just one or two SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure nodes per ship.
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