New Year’s resolutions always seem to bring out the inconsistency in humanity. It’s hard enough to keep a resolution on track for a month, never mind a year. My New Year’s resolution was to go to the gym more often. Since making that resolution, I have gone to the gym a grand total of zero times. Inspiring stuff, I know.
Even though I couldn’t last the entire year (or a single day), New Year’s resolutions are important for individuals and businesses because they give us a chance to reflect on our year as it fades into the past and improve ourselves as we set our sights on the future. And, not to be forgotten, they are important to IT organizations.
So what are the top three New Year’s resolutions IT organizations should make sure they continue throughout the year?
- Rethink your data protection strategy.
Finding the perfect data protection strategy can sometimes feel impossible.
An effective data protection strategy includes local backups for operational recovery and remote backup copies for disaster recovery at an off-site location. Even though this strategy sounds simple and easy to master, there is always a disrupting event ready to break apart your data protection process, schedule, or component, which throws the whole strategy into disarray. There is also the issue of increased (and rapidly increasing) data. As the amount of data continues to grow, so does the complexity when trying to perform backups and recoveries, and it’s also challenging to complete copy processes within prescribed backup windows.
For many technologies, data protection was an afterthought, but this is not the case with SimpliVity. When constructing the foundation of the SimpliVity OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform, data protection was built in to the fabric of the technology. Data protection is built-in through automated policies for backup frequency, retention, and destination. And transferring bandwidth- and storage-optimized backup copies between OmniStack platforms at central and remote sites enables cost-effective disaster recovery.
Maybe a better data protection strategy isn’t as unattainable as previously believed.
- Reduce Total Cost of Ownership in the data center.
This seems like a fairly straightforward resolution. But, as I’m sure we all know, this resolution is much easier said than done.
The traditional legacy stack has become increasingly expensive and complex to maintain. There are just too many devices, tools, and applications, all duplicating efforts whilst working towards the same goals. With the legacy stack, IT organizations are forced to work most of their day just to “keep the lights on” instead of innovating.
IT organizations don’t have to stay behind the curve when it comes to saving both time and money, however. In a November 2015 study by Forrester, “The Total Economic Impact Of SimpliVity Hyperconverged Infrastructure,” the independent analyst firm found that SimpliVity customers are seeing incredible savings compared to what they were spending with their previous legacy infrastructures.
Among other benefits, the Forrester study found that the surveyed customers were seeing a 3.7X reduction in total cost of ownership and 73% savings compared to their previous infrastructure. And the customers acknowledged that they were able to spend more time innovating and less time doing the menial “keeping the lights on” tasks they had spent most of their day working on before they deployed SimpliVity. After all, who doesn’t want to save money and spend more time innovating?
- Break the tech refresh buying cycle.
One of the reasons SimpliVity is able to reduce TCO in such a profound way is because OmniStack technology assimilates all IT below the hypervisor. This means IT organizations don’t need to have separate devices like a WAN optimization appliance, backup appliances, SSD arrays, and a variety of data protection applications, among other appliances, because everything is built in to the SimpliVity OmniStack solution.
With just a single device to manage, and with just a single administrator to manage it, SimpliVity greatly simplifies the buying process for IT organizations.
So hop of the spinning hamster wheel of constantly refreshing separate devices while I hop on the treadmill and we can all keep our 2016 New Year’s resolutions. At least for longer than three weeks.
What are your IT infrastructure resolutions for the new year? Let us know @SimpliVityCorp on Twitter!