Since I prepared a blog at the start of season 6 of Game of Thrones, I thought it only fitting to bookend the season with another post.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones concluded with a wildfire soufflé, a big reveal, and a lot of deaths. The abundant thinning of the cast included Wun Wun, Roose and Walda Bolton, Ramsey Bolton, Walder Frey, Trystane Martell, Doran Martell, Rickon Stark, Osha, Shaggydog, Brynden “the Blackfish” Tully, the Three-Eyed Raven, Hodor, Balon Greyjoy, Kevan Lannister, Lancel Lannister, Grand Maester Pycelle, King Tommen, the High Sparrow, all the Tyrells except Lady Olenna, a couple of Khals, and some slavers. Despite all the deaths, however, the theme of this season was rebirth and revival.
Underscoring this theme were the resurrections of Jon Snow by the Red Woman, and Benjen Stark by the Children of the Forest. Arya Stark, reunited with Needle, reclaimed her identity as a Stark, while Sandor “The Hound” Clegane re-appeared after what most thought was his demise at the end of season 4. Theon Greyjoy emerged from his PTSD stupor to aid his sister Yara in claiming the Iron Islands throne, and Sansa Stark Bolton to escape her sadist husband Ramsey Bolton—allowing Sansa to take control of her own destiny after several seasons of brutal treatment by suitors and husbands. Tyrion Lannister got his mojo back while temporarily ruling Meereen, and Daenerys Targaryen, once again emerging from another kind of Khal funeral pyre, won over the Dothraki Khalasars and found the gumption to (finally) be on her way to Westeros.
So what does this GoT season of rebirth have to do with hyperconvergence? To truly transform your data center, legacy infrastructure has to be retired. Refreshing it with hyperconverged infrastructure can reinvigorate and rejuvenate IT.
In the first season on the Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister famously states,”When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”
In an age when commanding technology to provide competitive advantage for the business is the ultimate goal, you have to use technology to transform—or risk getting left behind. That’s where hyperconverged infrastructure comes in. Hyperconverged infrastructure is a lower cost, frictionless, and agile platform to support business objectives. It allows IT organizations to transform from resources operation and support to revenue and business process activities.
The proof points to this type of transformation are evident in a recently published IDC white paper, “SimpliVity Drives Operational Efficiency and Customers are Benefitting.” The white paper reveals the results of IDC’s survey of SimpliVity customers regarding before and after experiences with hyperconverged infrastructure. Among other things, IDC found that:
- SimpliVity customers increased IT budget spent on new technology/projects vs. budget spent maintaining existing infrastructure by 33%; and
- SimpliVity customers increased time spent on innovation/new projects by 81%.
There are additional benefits to refreshing legacy technology. IDC found that SimpliVity customers realized:
- 70% improvement in backup/recovery and disaster recovery;
- 65% improvement in storage utilization;
- 53% improvement in time to provision infrastructure/applications;
- 44% improvement in application performance;
- 41% reduction in hardware costs; and
- 54% improvement in agility.
Hyperconvergence can deliver hyper-efficient, hyper-agile, and hyper-effective IT—reinvigorating data center operations and service delivery. No dragons necessary.