When it comes to a technology refresh, it can sometimes feel like you’re stuck in place. It’s kind of like being caught in quicksand: your legs are moving as fast they can, but you’re not getting anywhere. In fact, you may even be sinking.
No matter what analogy you prefer: quicksand, never-ending treadmill, or hamster wheel, everyone who has used legacy IT infrastructure knows the feeling of constantly refreshing but never getting ahead.
Most businesses today are dealing with refresh cycles in the data center every three to five years. However, the actual refresh cycle depends on the infrastructure component. For example, servers tend to have a shorter lifespan while network switch lifespans are on the longer side.
No matter the lifespan of the technology, once tech refreshes come around, the cycles take time. And lots of it. Before you can actually choose, implement, and migrate to a new solution (never mind training an administrator on it) you have to define the infrastructure requirements, research an appropriate solution, and then vet the vendors and sales teams. With all this time spent on finding, implementing, and training on a new solution, you might be wondering when you will actually find time to innovate. The easy and obvious answer is… you won’t. At least not enough time.
There is an answer available to today’s data center problems, especially when looking to reduce complexity and battle inefficiency. Hyperconverged infrastructure offers an extended hand (or very long vine) to IT professionals stuck in tech refresh quicksand to vastly simplify IT operations and break the cycle of constantly buying technology.
Because hyperconverged infrastructure consolidates multiple IT infrastructure components into a single product, the technology lifecycles are also brought together, making it easier to plan for tech refreshes and easier to manage the entire process centrally. By combining all IT functions and services below the hypervisor into a single node, SimpliVity offers the opportunity for IT to deal with a single vendor. Since the entire solution is managed through existing and well known tools, training time is minimized as well.
Reducing the amount of complexity in the data center leads to only good things. For tech refresh cycles, it gives time back to the IT team. No longer do IT professionals have to spend all of their time going through the strenuous (and time-consuming) process of vetting, implementing, and training on new data center solutions. The time saved by hyperconverged infrastructure is time spent innovating.
In fact, in an April 2016 IDC white paper sponsored by SimpliVity, IDC noted that SimpliVity customers increased IT budget spent on new technology projects/purchases versus IT budget spent on maintaining existing infrastructure, from 43% to 56%, equivalent to a total increase of 33%. The white paper also stated that SimpliVity customers increased time spent on innovation and new projects from 16% to 29%, equivalent to an 81% increase.
I’ve experienced this pain first hand as both an end customer for seven years at a medium sized health insurance company and at a reseller for six years. At last month’s VMUG Virtual Event, I was lucky enough to present with one of our customers, Jason Elizaitis from Assured Guaranty, where I got to hear firsthand how SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure has helped to significantly reduce his team’s time working on an infrastructure refresh project. Facing refreshes of compute, storage, WAN acceleration, and network, implementing SimpliVity took this project from 18-24 months to just a few months. And what they’ve been able to do with it since then is simply amazing.
If you feel like you’ve been caught in tech refresh quicksand, don’t continue to struggle with legacy IT and outdated systems… you’ll only sink faster. Hyperconverged infrastructure offers a way to break the buying cycle and take back control of your data center.