Hyperconverged infrastructure has taken off all over the world, in all verticals, for organizations of all sizes. The simplicity and efficiency enabled by hyperconvergence is something that is attractive to many IT teams across the globe and, in particular, companies are gravitating towards hyperconvergence because of its ease of use, lowered total cost of ownership (TCO), and operational efficiency benefits.
Life Sciences specifically benefits from simplicity through facilitating dramatically easier regulatory compliance. Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences organizations are subject to the highest levels of scrutiny when it comes to regulatory mandates, such as the FDA’s 21 CFR part 11, and often from multiple governing bodies depending on which markets they sell in globally. Because of this, these organizations have to find ways to stay current and, more importantly, reduce risk through all aspects of their business, including IT.
One way to reduce risk in IT is with hyperconverged infrastructure, since formerly disparate IT components are consolidated into a single device, reducing complexity and the likelihood of user-error. According to Forrester, SimpliVity’s customers average a reduction of 10:1 in their number of infrastructure devices. This reduction of separate devices, appliances, and infrastructure below the hypervisor into a single system with a single console radically reduces IQ/OQ compliance burden. The connection is easy to make and very real in practice – just imagine the paperwork reduction in qualifying a new firmware revision for one SimpliVity appliance that provides all infrastructure functions vs. qualifying all of the firmwares for a storage array, server, SAN switch, backup hardware, backup software, storage replication hardware/software, WAN optimizers, etc., etc. This simplification naturally provides massive TCO benefits as well, allowing IT to direct more effort towards innovation that ultimately helps the core business improve people’s lives.
One customer of ours, a college of life sciences at a university in the western United States, purchased SimpliVity in an effort to improve their disaster recovery and backup posture. Shortly after deploying our solution, a competitor offered the college an opportunity to perform a “bake-off” between the competition’s technology and ours. Since disaster recovery was the initial use case, the team at the college of life sciences decided to simulate a test of several drive failures to see how each solution would react. Everything went smoothly for both solutions until the fourth drive was pulled. When this drive was removed, the competitor’s solution failed completely, and data loss was evident. The competitor’s server couldn’t recover from the pulled drive. The SimpliVity solution, however, continued without incident, still running in production mode.
SimpliVity’s technology is different than the competition. We took our time building our solution, starting from the ground up to make sure we had a solid foundation on which we could expand. The college of life sciences realized the benefits of this approach. And they are now using SimpliVity for a wide variety of data center functions, including data center consolidation and private cloud, production applications, and business-critical applications such as Microsoft SQL Server. With SimpliVity, this customer has realized a capacity savings of up to 50:1 and improved performance by up to 25%.
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