Simplify with HPE SimpliVity in the hyperconverged data center

2 March 2018

According to second quarter data compiled by the Synergy Research Group, spending on the public cloud has grown by 35 percent, with private cloud infrastructure market growing by 18 percent.

That speedy expansion is down to organizations attempting to seize upon technologies that can streamline their IT operations and reduce costs.

Since the rise of cloud storage in the last ten years, although prices for the publically-available cloud have come down, commensurate with the general fall in hardware prices, businesses are still aware that there are more savings to be made. And the deployment of software-based solutions in data centers and at the so-called ‘edge’ offer savings over and above market-wide falls.

With cloud services revenues growing by around 40 percent a year, the growth of the public cloud is inexorable. While prices available will inevitably fall due to this profligacy, the astute private data center manager will be looking to new technologies like a software-based hyperconverged infrastructure and IT as a service to offer lower costs to the enterprise, and empower all areas of the organization with easily-deployed IT solutions on demand.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s SimpliVity solutions, for instance, offer cutting-edge hyperconvergance technologies which reduce cost and complexity and can power many areas of business-critical importance in any organization.

“HPE SimpliVity’s hardware-accelerated data compression and dedupe capabilities were a major differentiator. The product packs a ton of capacity and performance into a compact, easy-to-manage appliance. The small footprint will be especially important as we expand into remote offices in the future. The Nutanix solution would have required three nodes per office, compared to one with HPE SimpliVity.”

–  Preston Cruser, director of IT infrastructure and operations, Totes-Isotoner, Australia

Across the board, the benefits are apparent. But in the IT center, in particular, HPE’s technologies offer immediate wins as far as the departmental director is concerned:

“The HPE SimpliVity solution costs about 25% less […] while providing far greater capacity. And because it consumes a fraction of the space and power of our legacy platforms, it will be far less expensive to operate over the long run.”

In purely IT management terms, hyperconvergance improves recovery point objectives (RPOs) as well as recovery time objectives (RTOs), reducing backup and recovery times to seconds and vastly improve the ratio between logical data to physical storage.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the world’s largest provider of enterprise data center solutions, with 81 percent of Fortune 500 manufacturing companies using HPE data center and infrastructure solutions. Its HCI offerings are enabling a level of malleability in infrastructure that is simply not possible with traditional physical infrastructures. While this software layer is attractive to an IT department aware of its CAPEX and depreciation costs, the overall benefits to the business are what drive their demand.

With the overarching goal of seamless provision of changing IT according to changing business need, the benefits of a hyperconverged infrastructure are undeniable. This paradigm leads to the business-oriented end-goal, which is IT as a service (ITaaS).

When the enterprise is able to adopt an ITaaS model, IT resources can be quickly provisioned for any type of workload, and maintain the management and control needed across the entire infrastructure. This capability will allow the business to dictate change as it requires, and have IT respond as a strategic player.