Time for Convergence?

Is it time for your triennial, quadrennial or quinquennial tech refresh?

Many customers these days are looking at about a three- to five-year lifecycle on most data center equipment—server refresh cycles tend to be a bit shorter; while network switch refresh cycles tend to be a bit longer. That means that the overlap of purchase and deployment processes for major infrastructure components, including storage, servers, networking, backup (hardware and software), replication, WAN optimization and more, is likely an annual event in most IT shops.

When it comes to IT infrastructure refresh cycles, are you running as fast as you can, but getting nowhere?

You know the drill. Changing business requirements and the speed of technology innovation continually forces you to examine IT assets and qualify candidates for refresh. Once you assess, you will spend countless hours defining requirements, researching options, talking to vendors, designing a solution that meets today’s and (hopefully) tomorrow’s requirements, going through the inevitable sales back-and-forth, dealing with internal vendor management and procurement procedures, implementing the new solution, likely migrating to the new infrastructure, and possibly spending time training or learning a new technology. All of this effort is time that could have been spent innovating, or improving business processes and applications

Hyperconvergence is more than just converging IT infrastructure technologies; it also converges technology lifecycle management. It eliminates the regular vortex of time commitment devoted to refreshing discrete components. By collapsing the eight to twelve technologies, such as server, storage, backup (hardware and software), replication, WAN optimization, deduplication, and storage acceleration platforms, into a single cohesive product, IT organizations avoid replacing segments of their infrastructure every year. Not only does refresh cycle convergence help to avoid the time disruption, but it also eliminates the potential for issues that arise during the integration of independent components.

Another key point is that SimpliVity implemented with the industry-leading hypervisor: vSphere. This means current vSphere customers can continue to utilize their current virtualization management tools without issue. The same goes for customers’ current backup application. Although we have had customers replace backup solutions implemented for a year or less after experiencing the advantages to the SimpliVity approach to backups, customers can maintain a status quo with backup.

SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure assimilates all IT infrastructure and services below the hypervisor on x86 building blocks to deliver a single shared resource pool. It’s unique data efficiency engine, the OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform, deduplicates, compresses and optimizes data at inception—before it’s written to disk—and maintains data in an optimized state throughout its lifecycle. This not only creates efficiencies for capacity, but also eliminates unnecessary read/write IO, improving performance. SimpliVity’s native data protection delivers VM-centric copies for operational and disaster recovery, eliminating the need for discrete backup, replication, disk target and deduplication IT components. SimpliVity’s Global Unified Managementprovides centralized management of all SimpliVity-powered hyperconverged infrastructure resources and workloads intuitively via the virtualization framework, like vCenter.

SimpliVity gets its customers off the refresh hamster wheel. The process of constantly re-architecting the data center is significantly minimized. So, why not move to a platform that constantly improves through software and firmware upgrades instead of being stuck in a box that depends on a long hardware upgrade cycle? Why not gain the simplicity of easy expandability and node-based upgrades, instead of driving a forklift into the data center every year or so?

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