Today SimpliVity announced the rollout of two new hardware models optimized for remote office and branch office (ROBO) deployments: the OmniCube CN-1400 and the OmniStack Solution with Lenovo System x for Remote Sites. This extends our portfolio of ROBO platforms to include a wider range of options that span our entire portfolio of x86 platforms.
ROBO deployments are one of the key drivers for customers adopting SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. Enterprises of all sizes managing multiple remote offices are especially interested in a ROBO solution that help them simplify and consolidate their critical remote operations – from regional sales offices to retail outlets, manufacturing facilities, and more.
Why is hyperconverged infrastructure ideal for ROBOs? Hyperconverged solutions natively combine compute, storage, and storage networking in single x86 building blocks, with rapid scalability within and across sites. SimpliVity goes even further by consolidating all IT infrastructure for virtualized workloads at remote offices, including data protection. In addition, SimpliVity centralizes the management of multiple remote deployments from a single interface, with simple VM-centric policies to move, backup, and restore VMs between sites.
SimpliVity has a number of unique advantages when it comes to lowering TCO, simplifying operations, and safeguarding data and applications at remote sites. Here are a few things that set SimpliVity apart:
Single interface for multiple site management. SimpliVity’s management interface is built into the same tools IT infrastructure teams already know how to use. For IT pros running a VMware environment, all SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure nodes across all locations can be managed from a single tab in vCenter. With SimpliVity’s VM-centric global unified management, a small team of centralized IT staff can manage hundreds of sites distributed across the globe. The time savings for our customers add up quickly. Before adopting SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure, 57% of customers reported spending half – to all of their time – managing remote sites. After SimpliVity, that was reduced to just 16%, a 71% improvement (TechValidate).
Globally-aware deduplication reduces WAN network overhead and costs. SimpliVity’s OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform tracks every block within and across SimpliVity data centers. How does this help ROBOs? When a remote backup is completed or a VM is moved across locations, only unique blocks are transferred over the WAN – even if the blocks on the other side are not associated with the VM being transferred or backed up. This dramatically reduces the bandwidth required between sites, and eliminates the need for dedicated WAN optimization appliances.
Built-in data protection eliminates need for third-party backup and replication. SimpliVity delivers comprehensive backup and recovery, unlike snapshots that are much more limited in functionality and a riskier form of data protection. According to an IDC white paper, sponsored by SimpliVity,* 51% of customers have eliminated third-party backup and replication solutions in favor of SimpliVity’s built-in data protection features. This not only lowers total cost of ownership (TCO) at each remote site, but it drastically improves the levels of protection extended to ROBOs. In the same IDC study, customers reported an astounding 70% improvement in backup/recover and disaster recovery.
No 10G switch required for two-node configuration. For a two-node ROBO deployment, SimpliVity systems can be connected directly over Ethernet. There is no need to buy a 10G switch, which saves you money and reduces complexity at each ROBO site compared to alternative hyperconverged infrastructure solutions.
Only two nodes are needed to achieve enterprise-grade resiliency. Data loss can occur in any environment. Drives and hosts fail. Disasters occur. Humans make mistakes. When it comes to drive failures, SimpliVity provides the highest levels of protection and availability with only two nodes, because we use a combination of RAID plus RAIN (redundant array of independent nodes). Most other hyperconverged solutions require a minimum of five nodes to achieve the same level of protection against disk failures. If you’re scoping your ROBO deployment, be sure to find out how much gear it will take to truly protect your data.
New OmniCube CN-1400 and OmniStack Solution with Lenovo System x for Remote Sites
The new ROBO models we’re unveiling today go even further to reduce TCO at remote sites, while delivering stellar performance and protection. Pricing and specifications are both optimized for ROBOs. They pack a serious punch in terms of memory and CPU, but without more capacity and performance than you need for the average ROBO workload. The CN-1400 is a refresh of SimpliVity’s OmniCube CN-1200 ROBO solution rolled out in 2015. Our Cisco UCS ROBO solution was launched earlier this year.
Here’s what each of the new systems looks like:
OmniCube CN-1400 Platform
Lenovo System x Platform
ROBO IT is fundamental to business success. ROBO support critical operations across industries – from regional sales offices to retail outlets, remote manufacturing facilities, and more. Failing to invest in ROBO drags down employee productivity, customer satisfaction and revenue, while inefficiencies erode the bottom line.
Priced and spec’d to be just right for ROBO, these new models provide greater choice and flexibility, centralized management, and improved data protection capabilities to enterprise and mid-market customers with remote sites.
Here’s some further reading for organizations looking to improve ROBO IT and take control of their remote offices: http://demand.simplivity.com/hyperconvergence-perfect-fit-for-robo
If you’d like to learn about SimpliVity’s product portfolio and available x86 platforms, visit our website at https://www.simplivity.com/simplivity-products-overview/.
*Source: IDC White Paper, sponsored by SimpliVity, SimpliVity Hyperconvergence Drives Operational Efficiency and Customers are Benefitting, April 2016.