Once I found out that I’m expecting – a baby that is – in May 2016, like any good millennial would do, I immediately started to rifle the Internet for all of the advice, little known facts, and highs and lows of this crazy, wonderful journey. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there on “what to expect,” where bloggers and experts alike share their experiences to completely freak out a first-time mom. I’ve noticed CIOs/IT business leaders going through a similar experience as they get closer to their move to hyperconvergence – they look for the honest posts and articles about what really happens after months of consideration and planning.
So here it is, three things to expect when you’re expecting a move to hyperconvergence.
- Resistance to change…at first
“Wind blows the hardest the closer you get to the mountain top.” – yes, I recently binge-watched DareDevil, but I believe this quote fits here. Hyperconvergence really is revolutionary, and as with anything that’s fundamentally different and generally unfamiliar, there is going to be some resistance to the change, even if your staff and colleagues know that change is desperately needed. In order to become, or even remain, a trusted partner to the business, IT organizations need to change the status quo – which currently aligns pretty closely to the 80/20 rule – 80% of time spent keeping the lights on, 20% of time spent actually delivering new services for the business. In fact, according to a survey conducted by ESG, only 20.5% of respondents’ time in a given week is spent on innovation and new projects. SimpliVity customer, Jason Elizaitis at Assured Guaranty, Ltd explains that “the simplification that comes from hyperconvergence helped us eliminate integration issues and troubleshooting time, and optimized our IT team’s productivity to focus on adding business value, rather than spending time maintaining legacy systems.” So if colleagues shy away from the idea of bringing something completely new into their environments, keep in mind the joy and happiness, and new-found time that hyperconvergence will bring into your IT family.
- More than you bargained for
Many CIOs/IT leaders have one reason for turning to hyperconverged infrastructure, like a data center consolidation initiative or VDI project, but they don’t realize the broad number of use cases and projects hyperconverged infrastructure satisfies. According to TechValidate survey results, the top catalyst that prompts organizations to select SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure is a capacity purchase or upgrade existing infrastructure that led to an overall platform review followed by data center migration or consolidation initiative, desire to implement disaster recovery, and deployment of new applications such as VDI. However, there are several other use cases the customers have been able to satisfy once deploying SimpliVity. Jason Nord, System Administrator at Land O’Lakes notes that, “not only does SimpliVity with Cisco UCS provide the unique benefits of hyperconvergence, it also simplifies remote site infrastructure, adding enterprise-grade backup and disaster recovery for mission-critical applications across multiple sites.”
- Making room without breaking the bank
Right now, I keep rearranging my home to make room for a nursery, and don’t get me started on how much I am spending on baby supplies. With hyperconverged infrastructure; however, you experience quite the opposite. You won’t find your data centers growing, but shrinking…in a good way. Because SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure consolidates up to 12 disparate data center appliances, there’s a massive opportunity for consolidation. But remember, this doesn’t all need to happen at once. In fact, some SimpliVity customers initially purchased hyperconverged infrastructure nodes for one particular need or project and continued to consolidate and standardize on SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure in several other areas of their environment.
SimpliVity customer, Coughlan Companies, first deployed SimpliVity nodes to support their remote offices that are geographically dispersed throughout the U.S. and the U.K. After realizing the success of their first SimpliVity deployments, Couglan Companies is now in the process of consolidating and standardizing on SimpliVity company-wide. SimpliVity gets its customers off the refresh hamster wheel.” Customers like Coughlan Companies no longer have to deal with the hassle of refreshing 8 to 12 legacy products once every 3 years and the potential issues that could arise during integration of independent infrastructure components is also eliminated.
All in all, what I’m trying to say is, just like I am not the first person to have a baby, you’re not the only one that’s ever had a hyperconvergence “baby.” Hyperconvergence is a solution to many data center challenges adopted by IT organizations of all sizes in all industries, all over the globe. You’re not alone, there are organizations out there, who had the same hesitations as you and are now successfully hyperconverged.