Today is leap day. Just as Daylight Saving provides an extra hour in our day each fall, every four years we benefit from a bonus 24 hours on February 29.
Leap day is actually a day of correction to synchronize the calendar year with the solar year. Adding an extra day in February goes back to the late sixteenth century when most of the world switched to a Gregorian calendar. You see, it takes the Earth about 365¼ days to complete its orbit around the sun, but the Gregorian calendar didn’t align perfectly. Without adding a full day every four years, the Christian Easter holiday slipped further and further away from the vernal equinox. Since Christians celebrate Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox, Pope Gregory XIII thought it important to correct the slip by fudging the calendar.
Some cultures have high (or not so high) regard for this date. For example, in Ireland, leap day is a day when women can propose marriage to a man. It’s thought that just as leap day balances the calendar, the custom balances the traditional roles of men and women. In Greece, however, couples avoid being married in a leap year (not just leap day, but all leap year long), considering it bad luck.
So, what are you doing with the extra 24 hours today? Using the theme of “correction” and “bonus time,” is it a chance to examine your IT priorities in 2016 and examine ways to make corrections or improvement in your environment? When it comes to your IT infrastructure, here are eight suggestions for what to do on leap day:
- Learn more about modernizing your infrastructure: Hyperconvergence is more than just a buzzword. There are a few primers on hyperconvergence (Dummies Guide or Gorilla Guide, to start) that might help with your research.
- Examine your 2016 initiatives: Is this the year you roll out or expand VDI in your organization? Are you introducing any new applications? A “green field” project might be the perfect opportunity to start modernizing your infrastructure with hyperconvergence.
- Audit your data protection strategy: Do you have adequate on-premises coverage? What about off-site copies of data and the ability to rapidly recover from a remote location? What are your current Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives – and do they meet with your organizations’ goals? SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure’s built-in data protection alleviates the need to use discrete backup and replication hardware and software – while improving RTOs and RPOs.
- Evaluate your ROBO coverage: For distributed sites where you have or don’t have IT staff, how much remote site management for IT service delivery, including backup and recovery, is required at the remote site? Could your organization benefit from an infrastructure makeover that would enable centralization—but without any change in application service delivery? SimpliVity’s Unified ROBO hyperconvergence solution offers an efficient and cost-effective solution for distributed enterprises.
- Look at your 2016 technology refresh plans: Are you in a refresh cycle for servers, storage, SAN, backup/recovery hardware or software, or WAN optimization? Would you like to streamline not only the process of refreshing technology, but also infrastructure and operations? SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure helps you simplify IT and break repeated refresh cycles.
- Gauge your use of cloud services: Whether you are currently using cloud-computing services or you are contemplating it, maybe you should reconsider. SimpliVity partnered with Evaluator Group to examine the three-year TCO for SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure and compared it with Amazon Web Services subscription offerings. You will probably be surprised by what you learn.
- Do a TCO assessment: Review the SimpliVity TCO tool to understand where you are making investments and whether or not your data center could benefit from hyperconvergence. SimpliVity partnered with Forrester to conduct an economic impact analysis. You can review the paper to learn more or plug in your specifics to get more customized results.
- Learn more about SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. ESG performed testing validation, providing a synopsis of the performance, resiliency, efficiency, and other benefits in a summary report.
Hopefully, one of these eight activities will lead you to adopt SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. You’ll simplify your infrastructure and operations, and then benefit from a lot more than a bonus of 24 hours every four years. If that’s the case, you’ll have Pope Gregory XIII and SimpliVity to thank for it.