It looks like Hanukkah, Christmas, and yes, even the US presidential primary debates, might be over-shadowed this year by all of the hoopla surrounding “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Companies of all types, both high-tech and low-tech, are associating themselves with the Star Wars phenomena. Right now, my German Shepherd, Jack, is chewing on the Chewbacca costume he refused to wear for Halloween and I don’t plan to cook anytime soon since my pantry is loaded with Star Wars branded Campbell soup.
SimpliVity has also decided to join the fun by hosting viewings of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 31 cities in over 9 countries. If you didn’t get a chance to join us at one of our viewings, we thought you might chuckle and learn a thing or two about hyperconvergence when you view the intro video we are sharing prior to the movie.
So what do Stars Wars and SimpliVity have in common? Having just finished binge watched Episodes 4-6 (and no more time left to suffer through Episodes 1-3 again), here are the quotes and scenes from the movies that best apply:
Admiral Ackbar’s warning has been one of the most enduring memes from Star Wars. Like Admiral Ackbar, IT professionals often feel like they are in a trap as well. Instead of working on IT initiatives that move the business forward, they are forced to spend too much time dealing with the care and feeding of their current infrastructure.
Organizations that have deployed SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure have found their way out of this trap by making it easier to manage their virtualized infrastructure. So much so that a recent Forrester Total Economic Impact study found that the companies they interviewed recovered three hours per day that were previously devoted to backup management and saved 24 hours per week in consulting hours.
Hans Solo reminds us that traveling through hyperspace is not for the faint of heart; similarly, making the move to hyperconvergence is often not seen as easy! Certainly, many IT teams are not happy with the status quo. During a session on the “TCO of Hyperconvergence” at Gartner Data Center Infrastructure in Las Vegas, Roger Cox from Gartner shared that SAN ease of use and TCO is a big area of end-user dissatisfaction. In a Gartner polling survey, 68% of users said they were somewhat to very dissatisfied with the TCO of their current SAN. At the end of his session, Roger advised attendees to conquer conventional wisdom (“I don’t want to mess with my data and I can afford it” was how he characterized it) and open their minds to hyperconverged infrastructure.
A colleague of mine and I had a chance to meet with an Infrastructure Architect who was battling the very conventional wisdom that Roger Cox had related. The “I can afford it” mentality and “Let’s just keep buying what we’ve always bought” line of thinking was very much in force even though their legacy infrastructure of EMC storage and ExaGrid was becoming more and more difficult to troubleshoot day by day. Hopefully, this Infrastructure Architect will be able to share some of the learnings from Gartner Data Center and persuade the organization to move forward with a hyperconvergence pilot project. One of the areas that held the most promise for his organization was leveraging the built-in data protection capabilities of SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure.
Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.
This one didn’t make the Star Wars Top 50 quote list but is one that really resonated with me in the context of SimpliVity and in the context of life in general. This is a quote from Yoda when he first begins training Luke Skywalker in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Yoda encourages Luke to use the Force to move his ship out of the water where it has sunk. Yoda says to Luke, “Always with you, it cannot be done… and this is why you fail.”
And how does this apply to hyperconvergence? In 2016, like Luke, it might be time for on-the-fence IT organizations to suspend their disbelief and identify a project where they can prove out whether hyperconvergence can deliver all of the benefits they’ve been hearing and reading about or not.
Now lastly, of course, no Star Wars blog wouldn’t be a complete without closing on, “May the Force of Hyperconvergence be with you!”