“SimpliVity provides an effective way for businesses to grow their IT infrastructure without employing a large staff. I don’t need a blade guy and a SAN guy. I can hire a systems administrator and that type of a person can manage our entire environment simply and efficiently. The SimpliVity product is a dream come true for a small business that is growing. It has built-in backup and deduplication. If I need storage or processing power I just add another OmniCube.”
– Jeff Byers, IT Director, High Cotton
High Cotton, a leading document outsourcing company, replaced its outdated multivendor IT environment with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution helps the company simplify operations, reduce TCO, and ensure high performance and availability for its business-critical applications and VMware virtual desktop infrastructure.
BUSINESS CHALLENGE: Infrastructure Refresh, VDI and DR
High Cotton’s disjointed IT environment was becoming increasingly risky, and costly to maintain and scale. The company relied on a mix of legacy equipment including HP servers, third-party storage systems, and they didn’t have any in-house data protection.
Administering the fragmented environment was a manually intensive and error-prone undertaking involving a number of distinct management systems. Deploying new workloads—allocating compute and storage resources, instituting backup policies, performing restores—could take hours and weeks using the company’s legacy solutions. Even worse, disasters or equipment failures had the potential to impair critical IT services and disrupt business; restoring applications, including VMware Horizon View VDI apps, could take hours or days using the incumbent data protection solutions and methods.
Jeff Byers, IT Director for High Cotton, initiated a data center modernization program to improve the scalability, reliability and economics of the company’s IT infrastructure. After evaluating a variety of potential options including solutions from Cisco, EMC and HP, Byers selected SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure as the foundation for the company’s next-generation data center.
SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure solution is specifically designed to meet the increased performance, scalability and agility demands of today’s data intensive, highly virtualized IT environments. The solution eliminates cost and complexity by consolidating a variety of IT functions—including compute, storage, network switching, replication, and backup—onto virtualized, industry-standard x86 hardware, with global unified management. The solution delivers the best of both worlds: x86 cloud economics and enterprise capabilities including data efficiency, performance, data protection and global unified management.
High Cotton implemented a geographically distributed configuration for ultimate data protection and disaster recovery. The company replaced racks of legacy equipment with three 2U SimpliVity OmniCube CN-3000 nodes in its primary data center. They also deployed a single OmniCube CN-3000 in a remote location for disaster recovery and business continuity. A central system administrator manages the distributed 3+1 OmniCube federation using the familiar VMware vCenter vSphere console.
SimpliVity’s innovative real-time deduplication, compression and optimization technologies deliver breakthrough performance and data efficiency. By minimizing I/O and WAN traffic the SimpliVity solution enables recovery of any application or data set in minutes or seconds. “With SimpliVity we are able to efficiently replicate all our business critical data on 15 minute increments to our secondary data center 670 miles away for business continuity and DR,” says Byers. The SimpliVity solution also helps High Cotton minimize data storage costs, delivering 219:1 data efficiency.
SimpliVity’s VM-centric administration and global unified management dramatically simplifies operations, eliminating the need for specialized IT teams or outside expertise. A single system administrator can roll out new applications in hours, compared to weeks with the legacy solutions. With SimpliVity, VMs can be cloned, moved or restored with just two or three mouse clicks. “We respond to weekly file restore requests in 60 seconds now with our 4TB File Server, before it took 4 hours, best case,” says Byers, “SimpliVity gives us amazing agility and operational efficiency.”
KEY BENEFITS INCLUDE:
- Efficient data protection and disaster recovery for critical applications including VMware View VDI
- Rapid data protection; backups/restores completed in seconds compared to hours or days
- Lower TCO; Equipment racks consolidated into three 2U units and one 2U unit for DR
- Improved service agility; new apps deployed in hours instead of weeks and file restores in 60 seconds
- Lower storage costs; 219:1 data efficiency
- Simplified operations; minimizes staffing requirements, frees up resources for business innovation