In my last blog, I noted how some vendors are building “cloud” infrastructures through traditional IT models with a “coat of cloud paint” applied. These do not meet the definition of what a private cloud should provide. Using the public cloud as a reference point, I noted that any cloud – whether public or private – should demonstrate three essential elements: self-service provisioning, elasticity to match demand, and a service-driven operating model. I also discussed several infrastructure characteristics that customers should consider when choosing a platform to power their private cloud:
- Low upfront investment
- Flexibility to keep pace with changing demand
- Versatility to support any workload
- Easy to divide up workloads for metered billing and per VM pricing
- Cost per VM that is comparable to public cloud
Now, I’m going to share how SimpliVity helps its customers deliver on the tenets of a cloud operating model.
Building block approach
SimpliVity’s hyperconverged x86 building blocks natively combine all IT functions below the hypervisor. Each building block includes a balance of resources (compute, memory, storage), so that the cloud capacity scales linearly, with predictable performance as nodes are added. The granularity of each building block allows infrastructure capacity to align tightly with demand, ensuring that an organization can maintain maximum use of any IT infrastructure deployed. This makes it easy to scale in or out as needed to efficiently match demand, in much the same way as public cloud.
Using standardized building blocks also helps to streamline chargebacks, allowing enterprises to think in terms of price per VM, instead of dollars per GB, dollars per port, or dollars per socket or server.
Ability to start small
We support high-availability deployments starting at just two nodes. Different financial options are available to minimize upfront investment or align the run rate to OPEX budgets. And because of the building block approach noted above, organizations can quickly and easily scale out to match changing demand.
Fast and simple deployment
SimpliVity uses a VM-centric approach to management that eliminates manually intensive, error-prone administrative tasks. System administrators are no longer required to manage LUNs and volumes; instead, they can manage all resources and workloads centrally, using familiar interfaces such as VMware vCenter, VMware vRealize Automation, Cisco UCS Director or any other higher level orchestration tool.
The simplicity and ease of deployment of our solutions makes it possible to provision VMs in seconds and fully-clustered deployments in minutes, with all of these tasks executed through workflow potentially executed by the application owners, developers or consumers.
Orchestration and automation for self-service provisioning
Cloud is as much about orchestration and management as it is about infrastructure. We support a true cloud operating model through automation tools like VMware vRealize Automation and Cisco UCS Director, with support for self-service provisioning, chargeback, and orchestration of workloads.
Cost comparable to Amazon Web Services and other IaaS public cloud providers
As I mentioned earlier, if achieving everything outlined above costs 10 times more than the market leading public cloud providers, odds are your private cloud initiative will never get funded.
To that end, SimpliVity is able to attain a cost-per-VM that is superior to Amazon Web Services, with comparative savings of 22% to 49% over three years based on which AWS plan you choose. Those numbers are inclusive of labor, power, licensing, and other typical on-premise costs, and are taken from an independent study that was published this week by the Evaluator Group, a third-party analyst firm that specializes in TCO comparisons like this one. Check out the study to learn more. But suffice it to say, SimpliVity can help you deliver an on-premises solution that truly delivers the economics and simplicity of the public cloud.