I felt as if there were 250 construction sites in Munich this summer, and it seemed to be the same in every big city in Germany. Construction zones were a major pain point for anyone who had to go into the city at any time. Ways that normally took 10-15 minutes extended to over an hour. And as the construction sites continued to hold up traffic, commuters and visitors were losing their patience. But after the route was reopened, everyone saw a great improvement in the flow of daily traffic. The critics, who previously baulked at the traffic lights after the tunnel, now felt satisfied with the new flow.
In some ways, I see how this is similar to hyperconverged infrastructure. The choice to adopt hyperconvergence over old approaches is difficult. These legacy approaches are cumbersome, but proven solutions, and many worry that hyperconvergence is “too good to be true.” But in reality, the IT team only has a limited time they can spend on the development and technological innovations, and it takes too much time to maintain legacy technologies, so they need a new solution that will increase operational efficiency and improve performance.
The cloud promises to deliver more flexibility, but it costs more in the long run – up to 49% more compared to hyperconverged infrastructure, according to a recent study by The Evaluator Group. Only the hyperconverged approach offers a real alternative for VM-centric scenarios, but this means that it is time to say goodbye to the long-standing thought-process of what is a simplified approach that offers many advantages. And it is not only the improved central management, but the hyperconverged technology also offers benefits like inline deduplication and data protection, which is possible thanks to the SimpliVity OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform. This process is completely transparent to the end user, and administrators only have to work with hypervisor environment, like VMware, which many are already familiar with using. And if that wasn’t good enough, you can create data stores in a matter of minutes, back up VMs, and build a complete backup strategy for automatic backup in the environment. This simplifies how we operate IT.
The CloudExpo in Frankfurt this November is here, and the different technologies will surely be debated over the course of the conference. One debate will discuss why you shouldn’t resist change, but embrace hyperconverged infrastructure to make your life much simpler. Many SimpliVity customers are already celebrating their improved VDI performance, the built-in data protection and back up capabilities that help protect you against ransomware attacks, and the simplification of VMware vCenter, just to name a few.
Just like in Munich where the new construction improved the traffic – without a traffic light at the end of the tunnel that disturbs the flow .