Every IT organization aims to implement new IT technologies that positively disrupt the status quo and improve the way their company conducts business. Ideally, these changes occur without interrupting the normal functioning of the business. This may not always be possible with the legacy IT stack.
Every year, some piece of the infrastructure comes due for a refresh, and IT must spend time to investigate, compare, select, negotiate, purchase, implement, integrate, migrate, train, and operationalize the new software and/or hardware. This is costly time that could be spent adding value directly to the business. Depending on the component being replaced, the implementation, integration, or migration of the new infrastructure could cause outages to critical applications and directly impact the business. With all the different components needing to interoperate with each other, this is a very real danger every time a component is added, removed, or modified within the infrastructure since all of the components might not play well in the sand-box with one another.
When investigating new enterprise IT technologies, IT personnel should look for products designed to cause as little interruption as possible. IT is always in a growth pattern, so shouldn’t IT systems be simple to scale out? The ability to upgrade that same infrastructure in should not be forgotten either, since maintenance and replacement of equipment is a natural part of the lifecycle of any IT hardware or software. The impact of the management interface should also not be taken lightly either. When introducing new or updated equipment, the management of that component may change, requiring staff training and new workflows. Looking for products that offer integration into existing management interfaces will reduce the interruptions caused by training and learning of a new management interface at the last minute.
SimpliVity was designed to avoid these pitfalls, while causing some very positive disruptions for our customers’ businesses. By creating a scalable system that automatically handles the configuration changes that are required when adding or removing nodes, SimpliVity eliminates the risk of interruption associated with manual reconfiguration due to adding or removing nodes, and the time away from the business to learn a new management interface. This holds true while integrating directly into native hypervisor management interfaces and third-party orchestration and automation tools such as VMware vCenter, VMware vRealize Automation, and Cisco UCS Director, to name a few.
With this in mind, after implementing SimpliVity, IT organizations often find that their approach to managing the infrastructure is disrupted in a positive way as well. Silos between different part of the infrastructure (servers, virtualization, storage, etc.) are often eliminated since SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure consolidates all infrastructure below the hypervisor into a single appliance built on x86 building blocks. Storage management is eased considerably with the elimination of storage arrays, storage switches, disk groups, and LUNs. With inline deduplication, compression, and optimization occurring at inception, once and forever across all tiers and phases of the data lifecycle, the efficiency of the data is improved and the physical footprint of the data is reduced.
When considered and implemented properly, technology decisions made by the IT staff can introduce dramatic, positive, and innovative disruption to a company’s business. SimpliVity has always had the goal to provide a very positive disruption without the interruption typically found when managing a siloed infrastructure. Learn more about SimpliVity and hyperconvergence, sign up for a copy of the Gorilla Guide.