Ease of use is often overlooked as a key criterion for an IT infrastructure environment. But it shouldn’t be. A simple solution can not only improve efficiency, but also can have an impact on cost as well.
Joel Anderson, the Head of Operations at Burgmann Anglican School in Gungahlin, Australia knows firsthand the importance of an IT infrastructure that is easy to use. Burgmann Anglican School is a SimpliVity customer. Anderson became interested in the SimpliVity solution when the school was looking to modernize and simplify its IT environment, finding the current IT infrastructure was too costly and complex to reasonably maintain.
“We’re in the education business, not the IT business,” Anderson said. “We needed a cost-effective solution that could be easily supported by IT generalists.”
With SimpliVity, the IT team at Burgmann Anglican School can easily operate and manage the entire IT infrastructure. The school no longer needs dedicated experts for things like storage, data protection, or in-house servers. Instead, a couple of IT generalists manage the entire IT environment.
By consolidating all IT below the hypervisor into a single, scalable solution, based on x86 building blocks, SimpliVity enables unparalleled data center simplicity with enterprise-grade performance, protection, and resiliency – and all at a cost that rivals the public cloud.
Simplicity is realized in the SimpliVity solution in a number of ways. First, instead of having to manage a multitude of IT components, IT pros have to interact with just one single product. It’s similar to using a smart phone instead of utilizing a calculator, MP3 player, pay phone, and camera. Hyperconverged infrastructure offers a completely built in IT experience instead of a disparate and siloed one. The importance of ease of use cannot be overstated. Partly because of advanced ease of use, SimpliVity customers are able to improve their operational efficiency. IDC found, in an April 2016 white paper sponsored by SimpliVity, that SimpliVity customers increased IT budget spent on new technology projects/purchases vs. IT budget spent on maintaining existing infrastructure by an equivalent increase of 33%. With the superior operational efficiency of SimpliVity, customers are able to increase their productivity and spend their budget more wisely. In the case of Burgmann Anglican School, the customer was able to save money in addition to allocating budget to more innovative projects.
“The SimpliVity solution helps us avoid about $130,000 a year in IT consulting expenses. It also frees up IT staff to work on more pressing business tasks and support issues,” said Anderson. “The SimpliVity product is incredibly easy to manage and was about $100,000 less expensive than the alternatives,” he added.
IT teams that prioritize ease of management are prioritizing efficiency and cost savings. With SimpliVity, a company’s entire IT infrastructure is simplified and IT teams are able to focus on innovation and moving the interests of the business forward.