Happy holidays all! Ghost of Infrastructures Past here. What? You didn’t think ghosts were in to blogging. Listen, when you’re over 2,000 years old, you have to be able to keep up with the times.
And for me, this is a very special blog about my new favorite CIO, Ebenezer Scrooge, who was treating his employees and end users badly, by refusing to upgrade his infrastructure, but has since seen the light.
You see, me and the other ghosts had to set Scrooge straight for being too hard on his poor Data Center Manager, Bob Cratchit. Scrooge had Bob working long nights and weekends just to keep up with their legacy infrastructure, leaving Bob with hardly had any time to focus on the needs of the business – let alone his young son, Tiny Tim.
And what about the application users of Scrooge’s clunky, slow-moving infrastructure? Did Old Scrooge give a hoot about them? No way. “Humbug!” he said. “Are there no online forums for them to go? Can they not use the cloud instead?”
Well, after Scrooge got a good scare from his deceased business partner and former CIO, Jacob Marley – who now spends eternity wrapped in Ethernet cords, tormented by application users who were left to endure the slow and costly legacy infrastructure he refused to upgrade – I helped him understand the mess he was in, and explained how he got where he was.
First, you invested in servers and a high capacity SAN.
When you needed better performance, you added SSD caching and then an all-flash array.
Of course, you had to protect all of that data, so you bought data protection software and backup and dedupe appliances.
When your company expanded to remote offices, you bought WAN optimizers to transfer data between sites.
And finally, you bought a cloud gateway so you could replicate your data to the cloud.
Soon you were left with racks and racks of equipment that poor Bob can hardly manage. Every decision, at the time, made perfect sense. Yet, the end result was an unsustainably complex and expensive proposition.”
Any of this sound familiar to you? Sadly, it’s a problem shared by too many organizations that are stuck in the past when it comes to their data center.
Of course, there is a silver lining! You don’t have to live in the past anymore. I’ll leave the details to my fellow ghosts who can tell you about their experiences with Old Scrooge and his hard working staff. But for now, check out www.SimpliVity.com and learn about how you can move from infrastructures past to infrastructure future.