The bold claim that SimpliVity can deliver an on-premises infrastructure that is as cost-effective and efficient as Amazon Web Services (AWS) was asserted by SimpliVity CEO, Doron Kempel, during a recent talk at the Gartner Data Center Infrastructure and Operations show in Las Vegas last month. A video of his presentation is now available on Gartner’s media site. Watch the presentation
Enterprise IT leaders are right to be skeptical of such claims. After all, is it really possible to deliver an infrastructure that delivers the same agility, elasticity, and cost-effectiveness of public cloud, while still delivering the enterprise-grade performance and reliability of an on-premises solution?
Gartner believes so. They refer to it as “bimodal infrastructure,” which could be thought of as Gartner’s term for delivering what we call “The Best of Both Worlds:” enterprise capabilities with the economics of the cloud. According to George Weiss, VP Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, “By 2018, hyperconverged integrated systems…will deliver bimodal infrastructures in 25% of large enterprises.”
In his presentation, Doron explains how SimpliVity is able to deliver the best of both worlds – beginning with a brief history of IT infrastructure over the past 25 years, depicting how shared storage, and then virtualization changed the IT landscape, followed by the evolution of convergence that eventually led to SimpliVity.
Doron explains that SimpliVity’s technological advantage over earlier forms of convergence is rooted in the 43 months that SimpliVity spent in development before ever releasing a product to market (2-3x standard venture-backed timelines). This additional time in development contributed to SimpliVity’s deep technological foundation, and truly differentiates SimpliVity – just as the depth and breadth of a skyscraper’s foundation is what ultimately determines its height.
Lastly, Doron invited Jay Wehring, Platforms Director of the Container Store, to share a customer point of view. Jay explains how the move from traditional IT to SimpliVity hyperconvergence has given his organization the agility and flexibility to manage remote deployments across 78 stores nationwide, along with SimpliVity hosted apps within The Container Store’s core data center, while still delivering enterprise-grade performance and reliability.
Check out the video to watch the presentation in full. Also, if you’re interested in learning more about hyperconvergence, check out this Gartner research report by George Weiss, VP Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, on “Five Keys to Creating an Effective Hyperconvergence Strategy,” with an introduction and summary by SimpliVity, or this competitive Evaluator Group report on how hyperconvergence competes with the cloud.