Earth Day is here, and besides fixing my leaky faucet, foregoing plastic water bottles, and making a recycling plan, I’ve found some ways to make your data center more earth-conscious and more efficient. Traditional IT environments use an incredible amount of energy resources for infrastructure aspects, such as power and cooling. The key for organizations focused on moving towards a greener data center is to emphasize efficiency. For the data center to progress, green IT needs to align to efficient IT.
The road to a greener data center is paved both by small incremental changes as well as monumental technology shifts. Advancements in software often naturally lead to more energy efficient, and therefore greener, data centers. For example, hard drives are built to consume less power than in the past, new server features help reduce superfluous cooling costs, and data optimization techniques like inline and at inception deduplication and compression lead to efficiencies in processing, storage, and backup.
Hyperconvergence represents a major technology development capable of transforming the data center into a lean, green, efficiency machine. By converging all IT below the hypervisor, hyperconvergence immediately makes the data center more efficient and environmentally sound. The data center goes from eight to 12 disparate IT components to a single solution, so there is no longer a need to utilize storage space, power resources, or cooling functions on these IT components.
In fact, according to an April 2016 IDC White Paper1 sponsored by SimpliVity, 75% of respondents realized an average of a 65% improvement in utilization of storage resources as a result of SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. In addition, 48% of surveyed customers realized a 47% reduction in cost of data center power and cooling expenses.
And the SimpliVity solution isn’t just a small box that saves on power and cooling costs. It’s also powerful. Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) recently completed a lab validation report on SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure and found that 1000 VMs could be distributed across just eight SimpliVity nodes, illustrating the tremendous performance SimpliVity offers. In a separate study, Forrester Consulting noted that customers see an average device reduction ratio of 10:1 with SimpliVity. This means that while it would take roughly 80 IT components to run 1000 VMs in a traditional IT environment, it only takes eight SimpliVity nodes. That’s an incredible savings in power, cooling, floor space, and environmental footprint (not to mention cost savings!).
Though it is a revolutionary approach to the data center, hyperconverged infrastructure is not a rip-and-replace proposition. Hyperconverged solutions can be introduced into existing environments as part of normal technology refresh cycles. For example, a hyperconverged solution can be deployed in place of a traditional storage refresh as a first step to modernizing a data center, and can replace all the traditional IT components over time, when individual refreshes arise. And with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure, IT refresh processes come around less often and are much less painful than with traditional IT infrastructure. This is because, once standardized on, hyperconvergence offers a single product to refresh instead of a variety of separate IT components. The same aforementioned April 2016 IDC White Paper found that 26% of customers cited a 62% improvement in the category of fewer refresh cycles.
While inside a personal residence is a great (and necessary) place to start making changes to positively impact the environment, organizations also need to do their part to help the Earth. A good place to start is in the data center. The benefits in operational efficiency make it more than worthwhile for organizations looking to reduce their environmental footprint, while increasing their positive impact on the planet, to implement hyperconverged infrastructure.
1IDC White Paper sponsored by SimpliVity, SimpliVity Drives Operational Efficiency and Customers are Benefitting, #US41163016, April 2016.