The road to simpler IT has been littered with attempts at converging infrastructure. As IT continues to searches for solutions that will reduce costs, improve operational efficiencies, and improve data protection for their virtualized infrastructure, previous versions of convergence are falling behind. We’ve added the “hyper” to convergence, and that’s given IT a new path to consider.
The First Stop in Simplifying IT: Convergence
When converged infrastructure emerged as an alternative to legacy infrastructure, IT teams took notice. Converged infrastructure was the first stop for IT organizations to package up hypervisor, server, and compute resources within a single shared resource pool. This approach delivered cost savings compared to legacy infrastructure and also was much easier to deploy.
As IT deployed these solutions and the market continued to evolve, it quickly became clear that converging compute and storage alone wasn’t enough. Converged infrastructure couldn’t fully deliver on the promise of simpler IT: an infrastructure that provides all of the benefits of cloud economics with the enterprise capabilities that today’s organizations demand including built-in data efficiency, data protection and global unified management.
That first iteration of converged infrastructure was a useful start, but it certainly wasn’t the final stop for IT. With an architecture that only focuses on converging compute and storage, multiple products are still needed to deduplicate, compress, and optimize data at different stages of the data life cycle. Each point tool addresses an individual symptom of the infamous “Data Problem,” but none solves the data problem at the source.
Let’s take a look at the necessary infrastructure components that customers still need, along with the basic storage and compute resources delivered by converged infrastructure solutions:
- Data Protection-backup applications and replication software for disaster recovery
- WAN Optimization-replication traffic still consumes a lot of network bandwidth, so WAN optimization is essential. If this isn’t performed by the converged infrastructure solution selected, IT will need to purchase and integrate a third party solution externally.
- Deduplication Backup Appliances-Deduplication keeps backups from consuming too much storage capacity and improves backup and restore times. Deduplication can’t be an added feature that needs to be turned on or can only be used in certain limited scenarios. To work properly, such a feature needs to be baked in from the start.
- Cloud Gateway-A cloud gateway is necessary for organizations using the cloud for DR or archiving, with deduplication, compression, and optimization a must to minimize the amount of data sent over the WAN to the cloud.
The Final Stop for Simplifying IT: Adding Hyper to Convergence
IT demands have forced more innovation in the search for simpler IT. SimpliVity created the latest generation of convergence – also known as hyperconvergence. SimpliVity’s product portfolio is based on SimpliVity OmniStack software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure. SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure assimilates eight to twelve core data center functions including the hypervisor, compute, storage, network switching, backup, replication, cloud gateway, caching, WAN optimization, real-time deduplication, and more.
And a recent Forrester Total Economic Impact Report validates the business benefits that SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure delivers. A few key points really stand out: SimpliVity customers involved in the Forrester study got payback on their investment in just 6.6 months. The customers also found an average 60:1 storage efficiency, backup management savings of 3 hours per day and saved 24 hours a week of consulting time.
That’s what hyperconvergence looks like. IT managers, you’ve reached the finish line.