When looking to modernize your IT infrastructure, there is no shortage of options. But the ability to decipher what is of value and what is just “noise” can sometimes be in limited supply. As an administrator of a critical infrastructure, I have created a checklist of key criteria to evaluate when looking for your next-generation data center solution.
1. Ability to scale (and scale easily)
The ability to easily scale is an advantage that all enterprises should look for in a hyperconverged solution. Technologies that can move with a company’s momentum and allow for a company to start small and scale-out quickly and easily to meet demand are must-haves for todays’ fast-paced IT environment. Organizations should look for flexible solutions that can add x86 building blocks to meet shifting business demands.
2. A single vendor to deal with
With a single vendor, everything becomes a little less complicated. Operations become streamlined, support is easier to connect with, and problems are fixed faster. There is no passing of the blame. Single vendor solutions make hyperconverged infrastructure simpler and easier to navigate.
3. Centralized management
Centralized management is key for IT teams looking to reduce complexity at core data centers, as well as distributed sites and remote offices. A single console to manage all aggregate resources and VMs across all data centers massively simplifies the management process for IT administrators and frees the IT team up to focus on other, more innovative projects.
4. Improved Performance
Improving performance is often listed as a top driver for a technology refresh project. IT teams should avoid Band-Aid solutions that tack-on yet another component to solve a symptom of a larger problem. Instead, teams should invest in infrastructures that solve the larger performance problem by reducing IOPS to create a truly efficient and predictable IT environment.
5. Built-in data protection
A hyperconverged solution that can meet stringent service level agreements (SLAs) with integrated data protection capabilities are solutions that can lower both capital expenses (CAPEX) and operational expenses (OPEX), and have a positive impact in improving operational efficiency.
6. Software-centric design
Hyperconverged solutions that are vendor agnostic provide exceptional value to businesses as they are flexible and offer customers the greatest breadth of choice. Organizations should look for solutions that offer a software-centric design to improve operational efficiency and enable automation and on-demand deployment.
7. Delivers VM-centricity and mobility
Policy management at the VM-level and automation features to eliminate manual processes are key aspects to consider when selecting an IT infrastructure. Next generation hyperconverged data centers should offer one-click operations at the VM-level, including backup, restore, clones, moves, and migrations.
8. Reduce costs and improve operational efficiency
Reducing data center costs and improving operational efficiency, more often than not, are listed as companies’ top drivers for considering a new IT infrastructure solution. Organizations should look for solutions that can lower total cost of ownership (TCO) expenses and improve operational efficiency, all while delivering enterprise-grade performance, reliability, and efficiency, along with cloud-like economics to make sure the data center stays up-to-date and under budget.
9. Sealed with a guarantee
All of the above considerations are of the utmost importance when considering an updated IT infrastructure. However, the thing that ties them all together is a guarantee. Without a guarantee, everything that’s promised may not always be provided. That’s why SimpliVity guarantees that our solution is HyperSimple, HyperAvailable, HyperManageable, HyperEfficient, and HyperProtected. And this guarantee actually means something since it’s covered under our standard warranty. See how the HyperGuarantee works in our new video.