SimpliVity Product Engineering
“SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure transforms the pace of engineering. We can spin up massive build environments on-they to keep product development moving. And we can ensure our critical IT services and data are always available. All while dramatically reducing CAPEX and OPEX.”
– Rick Savoia, Director, Test Engineering, SimpliVity
SimpliVity’s product engineering organization relies on SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure to accelerate the pace of product development and to ensure high performance and availability for the organization’s mission-critical applications and data. The SimpliVity solution lets IT administrators spin-up software build and test environments and onboard new engineering personnel quickly and easily. And the product’s high availability capabilities and built-in data protection features enable efficient business continuity and disaster recovery for the organization’s core applications and IT services.
Business Challenge: Accelerating Dev/Test
SimpliVity competes with narrowly focused start-ups and well-funded Fortune 100 companies in a rapidly evolving market. To maintain a competitive edge, the company’s product development organization must bring highly differentiated solutions to market quickly and cost-effectively.
The IT systems powering the product development team are critically important to the company’s success. Extended application downtime or data loss can result in lost engineering productivity and product delays. A highly agile, scalable and reliable development and test environment is paramount.
The Solution: SimpliVity Hyperconverged Infrastructure
SimpliVity Engineering leverages SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure to ensure high performance and availability for the organization’s mission-critical applications and data. A total of nine SimpliVity OmniCube nodes are deployed in two separate lab facilities in the corporate campus in Westborough, Massachusetts. Three additional OmniCube nodes reside in a colocation center approximately 60 miles away in Fall River, Massachusetts for disaster recovery. The geographically distributed implementation is centrally administered through VMware vCenter using SimpliVity’s Global Unified Management capabilities.
The SimpliVity deployment serves the entire product development organization including hardware and software engineering, quality assurance and systems test, release engineering, DevOps and customer support. All business-critical applications including software development and source code control systems, project management applications and defect tracking solutions are hosted on SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The implementation supports over 200 employees across the world and includes nearly 150 virtual machines.
“The SimpliVity product is amazingly fast and incredibly easy to administer. Our DevOps team spends only an hour or two a week overseeing an installation that supports 100+ applications and 200+ extremely active users.”
– Rick Savoia, Director, Test Engineering, SimpliVity
Benefits: Increased IT Agility, Superior Data Protection, Ultimate Economics
The SimpliVity solution eliminates cost and complexity by consolidating a variety of IT functions—including compute, storage and data protection functions—onto virtualized, industry-standard x86 hardware, with Global Unified Management. SimpliVity’s innovative real-time deduplication, compression and optimization technologies deliver breakthrough performance and data efficiency. By minimizing disk I/O and WAN traffic the solution enables recovery of any application or data set in seconds.
OmniCube helps the SimpliVity development organization accelerate IT agility, contain costs and mitigate risks. Specific benefits include:
- Cloning of VMs in seconds: Inherent data efficiencies and Global Unified Management capabilities simplify operations and accelerate IT service agility. Large VMs (> 10TB) are cloned, backed up or restored in just seconds compared to 30 minutes or longer using legacy solutions. Administrators clone VMs in just seconds to spin up clean build or test environments or onboard new engineers.
- Rapid provisioning and administration: VM-centric management eliminates manually intensive, errorprone provisioning tasks—administrators are no longer required to manage LUNs and volumes. The DevOps team rolls out new development tools in hours, compared to days or weeks with legacy solutions.1 The team spends less time administering underlying IT infrastructure and more time focusing on core business activities.
- Improved data protection and reduced risk of downtime: A high availability configuration ensures business continuity in the event of equipment failures. In addition, critical applications and data are backed up both locally (as frequently as every four hours) and remotely (as frequently as every 12 hours) for disaster recovery purposes. Most VMs can be restored in less than one minute.
- Up to 41:1 storage capacity savings: The SimpliVity solution performs inline data deduplication, compression, and optimization on all data at inception across all phases of the data lifecycle, enabling substantial storage capacity savings.
- Significant TCO savings: By consolidating IT infrastructure and simplifying management the SimpliVity solution contains ongoing operational expenses including power, cooling, rack space and system administration costs.
Accelerated Data Protection in Action: Enabling Business Continuity during a Lab Flood
A faulty fire sprinkler system once flooded the Lab 2 facility, damaging equipment and taking the entire data center off-line for several weeks. Lab 2 supports a variety of mission-critical engineering applications. A protracted loss of service or significant loss of data would have been detrimental to the business. DevOps took advantage of SimpliVity’s highly efficient backup and recovery capabilities to quickly reestablish service from a different data center.
“With the SimpliVity solution we back up all our Lab 2 data to the Lab 1 data center at regular intervals,” says Savoia. “When Lab 2 flooded we were able to restore our core IT services in minutes. And all of our critical application data was preserved, including data associated with a major software analysis program that had been under development at considerable expense in the weeks preceding the flood.”
1 In the early stages of the company, when the SimpliVity product was still under development, IT systems included standalone x86 rack servers and network-attached and cloud-based storage solutions.