SimpliVity is bringing a special screening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to a theater near you! Just today, we held an event in Burlington, Massachusetts and welcomed a full house of IT experts to enjoy the movie, to learn more about hyperconvergence.
The excitement could be felt all throughout the theater as the audience took their seats. And then, as the lights dimmed, everyone went silent, all eyes focused on the theater screen. The soundtrack started. Not a single head turned from the screen as everyone remained perfectly focused. The Dawn of Justice was officially upon us.
A Clash of Styles
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is about a clash of styles. A billionaire orphan turned nighttime vigilante fights against a morally righteous newspaper reporter from another planet. One uses brains and an extensive bank account, while the other uses brawn and otherworldly abilities. They both want to keep their respective cities safe; they just can’t seem to agree on a way to do so.
Data center technology has some similar challenges. It’s clear the data center has to become more efficient and innovative, and all this has to be accomplished while moving the business initiatives forward and without breaking the proverbial IT infrastructure bank. It’s not a matter of if these goals can be accomplished; it’s a matter of to what extent they will be enacted. How much innovation is “enough?” Is it “enough” for the data center to survive, or is thriving the ultimate goal? More importantly, is thriving in the data center cost-effective and does it make sense from a business perspective?
Every good superhero has an origin story. And great technologies do as well. So to predict the data center’s future, we have to turn to its past.
In the Beginning
In the beginning, there was traditional IT infrastructure. And for a while it worked. And it worked well. But the foundation of traditional IT wasn’t built to last. It had been assembled out of necessity. Components were added and improved upon in real time as problems arose. These traditional infrastructure components were meant as quick fixes, Band-Aids to patch up a faulty system. All of these individual components led to what could be described as an “accidental architecture.” It wasn’t the way the system was supposed to be designed, and it surely wasn’t the way one would design it today when given the time and resources. But, for a while, it was enough. Until it wasn’t.
The danger of this outdated infrastructure seemed looming and some could sense it. And those that did quickly went to work developing technology to shape the future of IT infrastructure. Like the sense of impending doom when Lex Luther introduced Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent in the Batman v Superman movie trailer, danger seemed to be surrounding traditional IT. Disparate infrastructure components led to independently managed and operated siloes of technology that didn’t communicate with each other, often leading to misunderstandings, delayed SLAs, and mismanagement, much like how Batman and Superman’s quarrel over methodology distracts them from the reason they became heroes in the first place: protecting their cities and the world. The data center was a mass of wires, confusion, and chaos. It seemed an infrastructure apocalypse was imminent.
But then came a sign of life. Like the bat symbol lighting up the night sky or the call of “It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Superman!” the data center was again showing signs of not just survival, but of innovation.
The Dawn of the Modern Data Center
After 43 months in development, one of a few companies sensed a change in IT. SimpliVity developed its hyperconverged solution with care and precision over the course of all those months, building a strong foundation, much like how Bruce Wayne dedicated many months training, and innovating his gadgets before hitting the streets of Gothem as the symbolic “Dark Knight.” That’s a foundation that can be expanded upon without fracturing.
The SimpliVity solution exceeds where traditional IT, and other convergence solutions, falter. SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure consolidates the entire traditional IT stack into a single product. That means the chaos, the confusion, and the mismanagement all disappear. A single administrator can manage the entire solution from a single pane of glass.
Ease of management is not the only place SimpliVity excels. The SimpliVity solution also provides built-in data protection. In fact, SimpliVity is taking a new approach to protecting customers’ data centers that is revolutionary from a support standpoint too. Our new OmniWatch support feature enables SimpliVity to constantly monitor customers’ OmniStack solutions, so support is at the ready to spot any potential problems and fix them before they happen.
At the end of the day, the world needs saving from the chaos caused by clunky legacy infrastructure. The dawn will come on the shoulders of a red-caped or black-masked (or Lasso-of-Truth-wielding) modern infrastructure hero.