Halloween has ended and most of us can go back to living our day-to-day fright-free lives. The haunted houses have been closed down for the year. The ghosts and ghouls rising out of your neighbor’s lawn will soon be replaced by an inflatable Santa Claus and his team of light-up reindeer. And, if you hurry, you might be able to snatch up some of the post-Halloween discount candy before it becomes full-priced Christmas candy.
But while the rest of the world can look forward to the winter and the holidays it brings along, the scary season never seems to end for business owners with remote offices. That’s because remote offices, when not running on the right IT infrastructure, can be very complex, very cumbersome, and very expensive to maintain.
There are five main concerns keeping remote office managers up at night: data protection, physical footprint, management complexity, expense, and ability to scale.
Data loss. If you are in the IT industry and those two words don’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight, then you probably don’t have any hairs on the back of your neck because there is nothing spookier in a remote office deployment than data loss.
With SimpliVity, a customer with a ROBO onboard a ship was able to replicate their data via satellite, marking the first time ever they were able to get data protected from onboard the ship. Before SimpliVity, they were using tape to backup. With their old tape system, if anything had gone wrong with the system or the ship, data loss would have occurred. If data is lost, productivity at the remote site is compromised. And if the remote site can’t recover, then operations at the site come to a halt.
SimpliVity’s foundational technology is what makes success stories at sea a possibility. Because SimpliVity combines all IT below the hypervisor into a single device, WAN optimized replication is able to occur, allowing backups to take place quickly, easily, and efficiently, replicating off-site data and ensuring data protection. Having all IT below the hypervisor consolidated into a single device also solves the problem of…
Remote offices are typically stationed in tight quarters. So, naturally, companies try to make the most of their limited space.
Many businesses can’t physically fit product after product after product into their remote office. And even if you could fit an entire stack of products into a small space, why would you want to when the alternative is to keep a single product which can solve all ROBO pain points while making the system more efficient? Easy answer: you wouldn’t.
If you do still currently have separate products for things like WAN optimization, storage, servers, and backup applications, then you know how much of a hassle it is to manage all of these devices all from different interfaces. If you’ve never had to manage all these separate products, consider yourself lucky. It is about the equivalent of juggling eight objects. Except every object is a different shape, a different weight, and needs to be thrown in just the right way in order to stay in the air and keep the cycle going.
Most often, ROBOs have little to no on-site IT staff. This means that non-IT personnel are being asked to perform IT responsibilities. These responsibilities can become increasingly complex when dealing with numerous products which have different management systems. SimpliVity is able to reduce all of this complexity by offering all the functions of IT, all from a single management interface. With SimpliVity, you don’t have to juggle eight oddly shaped, differently-weighted, individual objects. You just have one ball to track.
Shared storage is expensive. Many companies feel they aren’t able to virtualize remote offices because they can’t afford shared storage.
One such company, who deals in outcome generation software running slot machines in casinos, was running four HP servers at every casino they were in to run their solution. SimpliVity was able to offer them an affordable solution, reducing the four servers down to two OmniCube CN-2000s. The company was able to virtualize, centrally manage their devices, and replicate data back from individual casinos.
SimpliVity saves more than rack space. With SimpliVity, power and cooling costs are also reduced because there is less physical product that needs attention.
Ability to Scale
The ability to scale is a necessity. You scale-out if you want to grow your remote offices, of course. But what if you want to consolidate systems?
Other hyperconverged vendors need a minimum of three nodes in any given ROBO environment. Even if your business only requires the power of a single node, these vendors’ technology doesn’t allow them to scale to anything under three nodes for ROBO.
SimpliVity, however, can scale-in to just a single node if need be. This scale-in is unique to SimpliVity and is one of the many things setting SimpliVity apart from all other hyperconverged vendors.
The reason SimpliVity is able to scale-in to one node is because we use RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) instead of RAIN (Redundant Array of Independent Nodes) which other vendors use. RAID stores identical data on separate disks to increase fault tolerance and improve efficiency. RAID is optimized for data protection, so even with a single node, your data is safe with SimpliVity.
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