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Contemplating a Data Center Consolidation Initiative??

Have you purchased and integrated numerous point solutions, from a plethora of vendors, each with its own training courses, licensing, refresh cycles, support requirements, and mode of operation? The decision to buy all of these products made sense at the time, but today, for many IT teams, data center complexity can feel overwhelming and discourage innovation.

This has created several challenges for IT organizations. The excessive amount of time spent on operational and support tasks, management of virtual machines, budget constraints, service-level agreements that have been breached, operational inefficiency, application performance and ongoing support are just some of the challenges that IT has today. All of these issues lead IT to focus on data center consolidation adopting a hyperconverged infrastructure.

Convergence Evolution

HPE Simplivity’s hyperconverged infrastructure is an ideal solution for companies undertaking data consolidation initiatives. HPE Simplivity allows customers to hyperconverge the complexity out of the data center with a 2U building block that provides cloud economics and enterprise capabilities in a pay-as-you grow model. HPE Simplivity’s hyperconverged infrastructure eliminates the need for 8-12 point data center products, which not only simplifies management, but dramatically reduces the physical footprint within the data center.

 

One such HPE Simplivity customer embarked on a data center consolidation initiative and effectively reduced their infrastructure from 20U down to just 4U with the HPE Simplivity OmniStack Integrated Solution. This customer was able to relieve their VM server sprawl, improve their DR strategy, and streamline its virtualized data center. The CIO indicated that they looked at the total cost of ownership of the whole project and it was easy to justify the HPE Simplivity OmniStack Integrated Solution to our executive because we were able to eliminate so much of our existing infrastructure.

 

With true hyperconvergence, data center consolidation initiatives can finally be realized and not just imagined. HPE Simplivity not only consolidates the infrastructure but also brings VM-centricity and data mobility into fruition. HPE Simplivity takes a “top-down” data and VM-centric approach to replace the hardware-centric management that legacy IT infrastructure is infamous for.

 

The HPE Simplivity OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform ensures that policies align with workloads and not the underlying infrastructure components. This allows for the executing of actions and management tasks at the VM level and eliminates the complex mapping between workloads, resources, and data.

HPE Simplivity with Omnistack

The benefits of a data center consolidation are realized through a reduction in the number of devices in a data center and a reduction in footprint. Capital equipment costs are reduced by consolidating multiple functions into fewer devices. Power and cooling is reduced due to the number of devices in the data center being eliminated and floor space is eliminated thus reducing building maintenance activities by consolidating within the data center. Management and operations are significantly simplified with the HPE Simplivity OmniStack Integrated Solution which eliminates the need for outside consulting and technical specialists. Existing team members can be reassigned to focus on more value-added activities due to the simplification of operations.

DC Consolidation

The HPE Simplivity OmniStack Integrated Solution is ideally suited to support data center consolidation projects:

  1. Reduces the number of devices by offering the most complete hyperconverged solution, converging up to 12 devices in a single building block
  2. Lowers storage capacity requirements with guaranteed data efficiency
  3. Reduces risk of data loss and downtime with built-in resiliency, backup, and disaster recovery
  4. Simplifies management and operations with global VM-centric management
  5. Increases agility and responsiveness by creating a global resource pool that can easily scale-in and scale-out as needs demand

 

The HPE Simplivity OmniStack Integrated Solution’s proof points include:

1. Reduction in Costs and Streamlined Operations

  1. 73% TCO savings compared to traditional IT infrastructure (Forrester Consulting)
  2. 10:1 device reduction (Forrester Consulting)
  3. Up to 49% TCO savings compared to AWS (Evaluator Group)

2. Improved Agility

  1. 81% increase in time reallocated to spend on new projects (IDC)
  2. Rapid scaling to 1,000 VMs with peak and predictable performance (ESG)
  3. One hour to provision eight-node cluster (ESG)

3. Maximize Uptime and Prevent Data Loss

  1. 57% of customers reduced RTOs from days or hours to minutes (TechValidate)
  2. 70% improvement in backup/recovery and DR  (IDC)
  3. 51% of customers using SimpliVity data protection retired existing third-party backup and/or replication solutions (IDC)

 

In addition, the HPE Simplivity OmniStack Integrated Solution comes with a 5 point HyperGuarantee:

  1. HyperEfficient – 90% capacity savings across all of your storage, including backup.
  2. HyperProtected – 60 seconds or less on average for local backup or restore of a 1 TB VM.
  3. HyperSimple – Three clicks to back up, restore, clone or move a VM from a single console.
  4. HyperManageable – 60 seconds or less on average to create or update backup policies for 1000s of VMs across dozens of remote sites from a single console.
  5. HyperAvailable – Add or remove a local or remote HPE Simplivity OmniStack Integrated system without downtime, without interruption to local or remote backups, and without reconfiguration of backup policies or IP addresses.

 

Tri-Paragon Inc. as your Value Added Reseller, not only delivers your HPE Simplivity OmniStack Integrated optimal solution but the team also performs all necessary racking, configurations, cabling, and decommissioning of obsolete equipment and cabling to ensure your data center is adequately and professionally maintained.

TriParagon Consultants

Contact Tri-Paragon at 416.865.3392 or by Email at info@triparagon.com to learn the practical steps to get a hyperconverged infrastructure project scoped, funded and over the finish line – to deliver real change in your environment.  We will:

  • Level set on hyperconverged infrastructure, what it is, why it matters, and how to begin
  • Outline a framework to build your business case for stakeholders
  • Refine your requirements
  • Provide the opportunity to learn about SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure with an informative demo


Don’t miss the opportunity to get a practical and comprehensive perspective on how hyperconvergence and the HPE Simplivity OmniStack Integrated Solution can help you and your business go beyond legacy IT infrastructure to deliver true transformation BY CONTACTING TRI-PARAGON TODAY at 416.865.3392 or by Email at info@triparagon.com.

Uptime is Hard

Even with the help of modern technology, data centre operations are still hampered by sporadic and persistent issues that demand immediate attention. Of all these issues, unplanned downtime is the most pressing. Businesses should ensure seamless end-user experience and line-of-business operations.

As shown in the following figure, downtime is the most common issue faced by data centre operators. The respondents cited that downtime is caused by system failure, human error, and natural disasters.

  • Downtime due to system failure

It’s hard to keep your operations up if you’re using an old and unstable IT infrastructure with inadequate monitoring tools. On the other hand, an efficiently modeled data centre that needs continuous process improvement can also contribute to system failure. Eliminating these inefficiencies in your system can greatly help in minimizing unplanned downtime. Preparing a data centre strategy and roadmap eliminates unexpected expenses due to system failure by proactively planning for continuous improvement.

  • Downtime due to human error

The reality is that system downtime can often be correlated to human error. Data centre operators must have flawless processes and execution to ensure the systems are maintained, repaired, tested, and monitored 24/7. Oftentimes, downtime is a result of multiple breakdowns in processes or human execution. An assessment of your data centre processes identifies and resolves gaps which can lead to unexpected downtime.

  • Downtime due to natural disasters

Natural disasters are inevitable—even if it’s “man-made” like major power grid outages. Having a robust disaster recovery plan in place can prepare you for the inevitable. Implementing and validating your DR strategy and processes can go a long way to prevent unnecessary outages due to natural disasters.

FACT #4: SUSTAINING 100% UPTIME IS NOT MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.

Maintaining 100% uptime can be achieved through detailed planning, system maintenance and management by an experienced staff of data centre professionals. While automation and systems redundancy are important, experienced data centre professionals are the most important ingredient to maintaining uptime.6

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IDC’s survey on The Problems of Downtime and Latency in the Enterprise Datacentre mentioned these essential guides to ensure 100% uptime6:

1. Prevent system failure.
To have an efficient and reliable data centre, regular monitoring and updating of critical system infrastructure is a must. Automation and centralized monitoring solutions can also help in preventing system failure.

2. Reduce human error
Documenting and following standard methods and procedures is critical to maintaining uptime. A recurring assessment process must be in place to validate the standard methods and procedures to ensure they are being updated as necessitated. Oftentimes, data centre operators will become overly dependent on systems to maintain uptime. The reality is that more oftentimes than not, a human error is involved in a system or process breaking down. Operators can reduce downtime by ensuring experienced professionals are monitoring, maintaining, and managing the power, cooling, and infrastructure 24/7.

3. Ensure robust disaster planning.
Having a disaster recovery plan in place for potential natural disasters and other impacting events is critical. Being proactive, such as ensuring that backup diesel generators are tested regularly (and for an adequate duration) and taking precautionary steps ahead of anticipated natural disasters can minimize downtime.

Following this critical methodology can ensure that you stay online when crisis does strike. Planning, automation, and system redundancy are important strategies in reducing or eliminating downtime. Managing redundant and resilient systems with an experienced technical staff can ensure that operations are always up and operating.

COLOCATING should be WITH A REDUNDANT AND COMPLIANT DATA CENTRE.

Colocation offers services that can augment your existing systems. Most colocation facilities are designed with a resilient critical system, a redundant battery backup and cooling system, and with a scalable infrastructure that you can take advantage of. Leading colocation sites offer 100% uptime with the help of their robust infrastructure. Even though this may provide a level of security around uptime there is still a need to have a resilient backup and disaster recovery plan in place for workloads assigned to a colocation environment.

CONCLUSION

These cold, hard facts about downtime demonstrate the importance and challenge of keeping applications up and running with 100% availability. Downtime has serious consequences and can cost businesses in lost revenue, lost customers, and brand loyalty.

Tri-Paragon aids in the following areas to assist in achieving your uptime objectives:

  1. Data Centre Strategy & Roadmap
  2. Uptime Reassurance Strategy and Assessment
  3. IT Cyber Security Risk Assessment
  4. Backup as a Service (BaaS)
  5. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Please give us a call at 416 865-3392 or send us an email at info@triparagon.com

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