IT Focus Area: Infrastructure Optimization
October 24, 2017
3 Things You Need to Know About HPE SimpliVity
Today’s IT organizations are under pressure to boost their efficiencies, speed and flexibility—all while lowering their expenses.
According to a recent study, 87 percent of executives are unhappy with IT’s ability to introduce new technologies faster.
Meeting these demands is challenging, especially if you’re trying to manage massive volumes of data with dated, legacy technologies. Throwing new storage at your data just doesn’t work.
Traditional external storage is costly and complex—whether you migrate to new technology or want to scale your legacy services. Adding new storage can take months to deploy and a team of trained professionals to manage.
But you can’t afford to wait months when data is coming at you from all angles now. You need flexible storage that works with your virtualized environments, so you can quickly launch services and meet new business demands.
Many enterprises are turning to hyperconvergence to solve these challenges, reduce their IT complexity, and lower their operational expenses (OPEX). The market for hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) will grow from $2 billion in 2016 to almost $5 billion in 2019.
Achieve 40:1 Storage Efficiency with Hyperconverged Infrastructure
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) recently purchased SimpliVity, a hyperconverged storage solution. SimpliVity consolidates your virtualized infrastructure into a single, integrated platform. It allows you to improve your data center and storage performance dramatically.
Here are three more benefits of HPE SimpliVity:
1. Guarantees data efficiency
SimpliVity delivers 40:1 storage efficiency—helping you solve the challenge of managing massive amounts of data. One way that it does this is by reducing the number of input/output operations per second (IOPS) that you need. One SimpliVity customer said that a 10-terabyte server could easily push 1,000 IOPS by itself.
Using a purpose-built OmniStack Accelerator card, SimpliVity deduplicates, compresses, and optimizes all data at inception globally. This eliminates unnecessary data processing and improves application performance—while guaranteeing 90 percent capacity savings across storage and backup.
2. Integrates data protection
Hyperconvergence eliminates the need to purchase many third-party tools. For example, SimpliVity offers built-in data protection and automated disaster recovery. This allows you to slash the amount of time that it takes to back up and restore data, compared with using legacy equipment. The built-in data protection provides full logical backups with near-zero overhead, reducing your Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) from hours to just seconds. In fact, SimpliVity can back up a VM in under 60 seconds.
3. Increases your data mobility
Managing data that flows between multiple locations can be a complex undertaking. With SimpliVity, you can simplify the connection of remote offices and branches. SimpliVity makes efficient use of your wide area network (WAN) by only replicating unique blocks. This eliminates the need for WAN optimization technologies.
SimpliVity also offers centralized management, making it easy for you to scale your storage across multiple locations. You can move data without configuring IP addresses, controllers, and other settings.
How a Fortune 50 Company Will Save $100 Million in the Next 5 Years
SimpliVity customers have cut their IT spending by up to 73 percent and recouped their hyperconvergence investment in less than seven months.
One SimpliVity customer consolidated their IT infrastructure and reduced their data centers from six to three. They also decreased the number of racks in one of their data centers from 34 to just three—reducing their floor space by 90 percent. The Fortune 50 company estimates that these changes will save them $100 million over the next five years.
3 Questions to Ask Before You Get Started with Hyperconvergence
Hyperconverged infrastructure can help you build an efficient and scalable data center. But, like any other IT project, you must plan to achieve the best results.
Here are three things to consider before you adopt hyperconvergence:
1. How do you currently run your operations?
Many enterprises have separate teams for storage, systems, and virtualization. Each of these groups relies on different processes and management tools to keep things running. Since hyperconvergence impacts all of these areas, you might have trouble deciding which team should own it.
Hyperconvergence allows you to reduce your technologies and vendors. With a hyperconverged infrastructure, you don’t need as many resources to maintain high levels of availability. You can centralize your management—reducing your OPEX and IT complexity.
Streamlining your infrastructure allows you to refocus your skilled teams to innovation, as opposed to keeping the lights on.
2. What is the lifecycle of our current equipment?
Assess your current servers and storage. Is any of your equipment approaching its end-of-life?
If so, it’s time to look at HCI infrastructure. Replacing your traditional three-tier server/SAN/storage with SimpliVity will reduce your vendor count and administrative overhead. In the process, you will also enhance your ability to scale and deploy applications quickly
3. Where should we start?
One of the best ways to get started with hyperconvergence is to pick a relatively self-contained project. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a use case that does not have far-reaching effects on your traditional datacenter. Once you have HCI in place, it tends to grow rapidly as you identify and provision more workloads.
Within the next three-to-five years, hyperconvergence will become the new normal. In fact, it will soon become hard to purchase stand-alone storage.
Hyperconverged solutions, such as HPE SimpliVity, can transform your data center by improving your speed, boosting your efficiencies, and lowering your costs.
For the best results, work with a partner who can help you get the most value from your hyperconvergence investment. A partner can configure, size, and deploy your technology—getting you up-and-running in just hours. Your partner can also manage your technology and provide ongoing support as you transform from a traditional to a hyperconverged environment.