Did you know that while SimpliVity consolidates 8-12 core data center appliances and functionalities, it also allows customers to leverage some of those appliances as extra compute nodes with its open architecture?
There are three major benefits to SimpliVity’s integration with compute nodes.
Rinse and Reuse Old Compute Systems
Customers do not have to rip and replace everything they have invested in over the years. No one knows the story better than the infrastructure team – the time, consideration, money, and dare I say blood, sweat, and tears that go into purchasing, deploying, and integrating IT infrastructure. It’s a monetary, physical, and mental investment made by the entire team. One of the biggest challenges customers face when adopting hyperconverged infrastructure is convincing the rest of their organization that it’s time for a major change. SimpliVity gets it. Instead of sending your old infrastructure investments to hospice, you can tie them into your SimpliVity environment and use them to support various applications that require that extra performance padding.
Pay Less, but Get More
Leveraging compute nodes is a low-cost way to boost performance. SimpliVity allows customers to independently scale CPU and memory by leveraging their existing server investments to meet critical performance requirements while lowering costs. Many IT organizations in today’s enterprises have strict capacity consumption standards to ensure peak performance. For example, an organization may have a best practice to keep capacity of its nodes under, say, 60%. SimpliVity’s open architecture allows its customers to benefit from the key features of its OmniStack software while also leveraging those existing nodes to lighten the load and meet capacity requirements without breaking the bank.
A Canadian electric company adopted SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure to support all of its core VMs and applications including mission-critical SQL servers, XenApp, NVIDIA. In addition to supporting all of its Tier 1 applications, reducing its data center footprint, and implementing a complete disaster recovery plan, SimpliVity gave the electric company the ability to tie in three extra compute nodes to the SimpliVity federation. This company likes to keep its nodes balanced at 50% capacity, so the IT team now rests easy knowing that, while the SimpliVity nodes deliver peak and predictable performance, the extra compute nodes are available to support its critical applications should they ever need a performance boost.
Scaled to Fit
SimpliVity customers can optimize and tune their infrastructure to meet the compute and memory demands for specific workloads. Scalability is one of the strongest capabilities of the SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. This means that you can start small and scale as you grow. With this approach, you can avoid over-provisioning and use your existing servers as an inexpensive way to boost performance. Another SimpliVity customer uses compute nodes to support part of their VDI environment. SimpliVity helped the customer consolidate and standardize VDI infrastructure for two organizations after a recent merger. Keeping costs down was critical for this customer and adding compute nodes helps drive down the cost per desktop as the client adds desktops.
So, if you’re considering adopting hyperconverged infrastructure, but you:
- Aren’t ready to let go of all of your organizations’ infrastructure investments,
- Your colleagues are afraid of change, or
- You’re on a tight budget,
You can still recycle your servers and give them new life by installing a SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure.