When is “good enough” just not good enough?
The pressures on IT including business agility and faster time-to-market have never been greater. At the same time, management and operational costs are skyrocketing due to inefficiencies of today’s traditional independent silos of servers, storage, and networks. What once was “good enough” is no longer good enough and neither is “business-as-usual”. After all, Einstein’s definition of “insanity” is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.
There are two different approaches for developing “next generation” IT infrastructures. A converged solution with its hardware-centric environment provides the consolidation of server, storage, and network devices into a single chassis. An example of this is the Dell FX server platform. Often the use of Flash (SSD) storage is utilized to help streamline a converged infrastructure. While this approach offers cost savings and density improvements, it doesn’t address the time constraints (and staff constraints) of having to install the necessary OS and virtualized software infrastructure(s), as well as navigate and manage separate user interfaces.
Hyper-Converged solutions bring a software-defined approach which adds an underlying hypervisor that lessens both the financial and management burden of a traditional SAN infrastructures and/or separate silos of servers, storage, and networking. This approach provides unparalleled flexibility, faster time-to-market, improved operational efficiencies, along with massive scalability and resilience, with the added benefit of cost savings.
Sanity in Action-Data Center Case Study
Industry/Application: Security Information & Event Management (SIEM). Real-time analysis of security alerts.
Symptoms: Expansion sparked issues with their traditional SAN environment. Existing infrastructure was no longer able to support linearity requirements needed for performance and scalability.
The Sanity Solution: Assisted with the analysis of buying additional server blades and an All-Flash-Array versus a Hyper-converged Nutanix solution. Determined that implementation of a hyper-converged solution not only improved performance, but also provided cost saving benefits by creating long term scalability and ease of use.