A neighbor of mine has a young daughter who just turned three. It was so cute to see her sing “Happy birthday to me!” at her birthday party. So in that vein, I am now writing to share, “Happy birthday to us!” The “us” in this case is the SimpliVity Technology Showcase. The SimpliVity Technology Showcase is celebrating its one year birthday and we’re very pleased to have exceeded the expectations of a typical one-year-old. If you’ve seen a SimpliVity demo or took part in a remote proof of concept (POC) in the past year, you’ve witnessed the Technology Showcase in action – and in its infancy!
The SimpliVity Technology Showcase was born in Westborough, MA, our corporate headquarters, with just a few racks of lab space and a conference room. To meet the demands of our growing base of partners and prospective customers, we’ve transition from the ‘crib’ into our own lab and provide our sales teams and partners with access to OmniCube and our OmniStack Solution with both Lenovo and Cisco for demos and POCs.
Our goal from the start was to offer a globally available managed service to support our field and partner teams, and cut the costs of giving demos and proof of concepts. We exceeded that goal by making demos much smoother, faster, and taking the idea of “globally available” farther than we even thought. A testament to globally availability was a recent situation where one of our field team members was able to give a demo to a prospect while they were on a flight. Our partners and prospective customers say that the SimpliVity Technology Showcase is “flawless every time,” and that it’s “really easy-to-use and reliable.”
In just a year, our teams have used the SimpliVity Technology Showcase to power thousands of demos, hundreds remote proof of concept. Also, our demo booths at VMworld and Cisco Live in 2015 were all powered by the SimpliVity Technology Showcase team, as were more than 50 hyperconvergence shows we put on all over the world. We’re very proud of our little “overachiever.”
Beyond Baby Steps
A real highlight, of course, is that since the beginning the infrastructure for the SimpliVity Technology Showcase has consisted solely of our own OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform technology and has been managed by just a small team of three people (simple is simple, after all!). Also our infrastructure directly leverages our Technology Alliance Partners’ solutions demonstrating additional business value such as VDI technology powered by VMware Horizon View for the demos, F5 Load balancers for reliability and performance, and Eaton for Power Management. We also provide access to demo environments showcasing Cisco UCS Director and vRealize Automation in action.
Traveling with technology (especially a one-year-old) can be a difficult proposition when talking about high-res, fast demos across many time zones. But we’ve made this really easy (simple!), as it should be. Our technology here at SimpliVity is really powerful, so it comes as no surprise to us that we were successful in building a world-class, global system on top of SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure without worrying about scalability or availability.
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And lastly, thanks to all of our prospective customers, partners, and SimpliVity field team members for making our first year a very Happy Birthday indeed!