An offensive line is often (if not always) the most underappreciated part of any given football team. Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends are almost always the biggest stars on the football field because they score the touchdowns. Likewise, defensive players gain notoriety with fans because of big hits, game-changing interceptions, and forced fumbles. But what about the blockers? Who’s willing to trade in their Peyton Manning or Cam Newton jersey for one sporting the name of Louis Vasquez or Trai Turner?
Didn’t think so.
And yet, if the offensive line struggles, the entire offense shuts down. If the blockers don’t do their job, the running back has nowhere to go and the quarterback has no time to throw to his receivers. Offensive momentum comes to a standstill without effective blocking.
Like the offensive linemen on a football team, data protection can often be an underappreciated piece of a data center strategy. Things like disaster recovery can often be treated as an afterthought by IT teams, but they shouldn’t be.
Take, for example, SimpliVity customer High Cotton, a document outsourcing company specializing in providing financial services and healthcare institutions the design, production, and delivery of customer-critical documents via print mail and electronic delivery. High Cotton was looking to revamp its data center by replacing outdated multivendor legacy equipment with hyperconverged infrastructure.
High Cotton had no data protection plan prior to SimpliVity. They were relying on a third party vendor for data protection on their mission critical applications. And their incumbent data protection solutions could cause the business’ recovery capabilities to slow down when restoring applications, including VMware Horizon View VDI apps, to the point where it could take hours or even days.
The IT Director for High Cotton, Jeff Byers, kicked off a data center modernization program to improve the company’s IT infrastructure. Byers wanted to increase business agility and make the data center more easily scalable, manageable, and reliable. After evaluating a number of potential options for the modernization project, Byers selected SimpliVity as High Cotton’s data center solution. One of the biggest benefits High Cotton is now experiencing is improved data protection. They have even implemented a geographically distributed configuration for ultimate data protection and disaster recovery.
Think of SimpliVity’s built-in data protection as the best offensive line in the NFL. A football team’s most valuable asset is their quarterback; the most valuable asset in the data center is data. SimpliVity’s built-in data protection eliminates the need for third-party backup and replication software and hardware. To have protection built-in to the existing data center solution is a huge benefit of the SimpliVity hyperconverged solution. After all, a football coach wouldn’t bring in a different team’s offensive line to protect his quarterback.
“With SimpliVity we are able to efficiently replicate all our business critical data on 15 minute increments to our secondary data center 670 miles away for business continuity and disaster recovery,” said Byers.
SimpliVity provides efficient data protection and disaster recovery for High Cotton’s mission-critical applications across long distances, so they can quickly recover from the worst of disasters. If there was a Super Bowl for IT infrastructures, SimpliVity would be the favorite. And hey, if Tom Brady had protection as good as SimpliVity’s built-in data protection, maybe the Patriots would be playing in the Super Bowl this weekend!