Today’s IT professionals are caught in a vicious tug-of-war. They’re pulled between keeping their data center infrastructure functioning, and expanding it to keep the business competitive and meet employee needs. Everyone is looking for affordable and reliable solutions to get out of this bind.
Recently there’s been a landslide of people turning to converged and hyper-converged data center infrastructure to help solve this dilemma. Converged and hyper-converged systems are being adopted rapidly because they are more agile, reliable, straightforward and cost effective than DIY and stand alone systems.
In early 2016, VCE launched VxRail, a hyper-converged data center appliance well-suited to mid and large-sized data centers as well as remote enterprise locations. This appliance has garnered a lot of attention thanks to some impressive features including its best-in-class performance, granular scalability, and the fact that it leverages any VMware tools and processes already in place. Our Softchoice data center experts agree VxRail is an ideal solution for many businesses. Here are five data center pain points we commonly hear during Softchoice Infrastructure TechChecks that VxRail cures.
1. “Our data center is outdated.”
Many IT teams are running virtualized computing resources but have storage and networking running separately. Others are facing a myriad of challenges with their DIY systems and standalone appliances. Outdated system technology is challenging and expensive to manage. Plug-in hyper-converged infrastructure appliances like VxRail are a fast, cost-effective way to unify, virtualize and operationally automate your entire system.
2. “We need better memory and storage.”
One of the things we like best about VxRail over other hyper-converged infrastructure appliances are the options it gives for memory and storage. It has lots of bells and whistles in this domain, but there are three we feel are worth highlighting. First, VxRail gives you multiple options for cloud storage: you can integrate with public or private cloud resources, and it will function as an out of the box hybrid cloud computing platform to support tasks like dev/test. Second, you can configure VxRail with a mix of flash and hard disk drives, or deploy it as an all-flash array. And third, it has in-line deduplication that creates storage savings of up to 50%, which is really valuable for businesses with a high degree of data commonality.
3. “We spend all our resources on keeping our data center functioning—there’s no time to focus on driving value for the business.”
If this is your situation, VxRail would be a game changer for you. System health and optimization is much easier to maintain thanks to a performance dashboard in VxRail manager. When it comes to saving time, the appliance automates 200+ tasks surrounding lifecycle management, which also reduces total cost of ownership. And for data protection, you’re covered with VM backups and recovery. Plus, recovery is single-step, 30% faster than the average system, and you can recover to any point in time. This shrinks backup windows and requires less backup storage.
4. “We don’t have time for complex, time-consuming setups and deployments.”
We get it. We also hear from many IT teams that want to handle migration and setup themselves. We like VxRail because it is so user-friendly to establish. Data migration is very straightforward, and you can setup your first virtual machine in 15 minutes or less—that’s the fastest uptime in the market. You can deploy VxRail on its own, or use it in conjunction with VCE Blocks and/or Racks to get the best of both the converged and hyper-converged infrastructure worlds. Any of these solutions are straightforward to deploy, and deployment is low risk because of VCE’s impressive engineering standards and the dual VCE and EMC customer support for VxRail users.
5. “Our budget is limiting our ability to improve our data center.”
Scalable, flexible systems are the key to getting the system you need today at a price you can afford—and future-proofing your investment at the same time. An added bonus is it spares you from the risk of resource forecasting. VxRail gives a ton of options for meeting current demand but scaling to the level you’ll need in later years (it expands to 3000+ virtual machines). You can mix and match the four VxRail models within a cluster. And it comes fully loaded with rich data services and all-in-one licensing and management.
If you are experiencing any of these challenges and think VxRail may be a good solution for your business, a system analysis is your next step. To do this, take advantage of the complementary Softchoice Data Center TechCheck service. Led by a specialist in data center technology, the process generates a comprehensive fact-based report of the current state of your data center, and plots the way forward. In addition to analyzing an end-to-end view of the existing infrastructure across the technology silos, we also assess your business processes and needs in order to create a profile on the optimal data center technology investment for your business. The goal of a Softchoice TechCheck is to help you maximize the investment you have already made in your system and ensure you are well positioned for the future.
Want to learn more about VxRail, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure? Take a look at this white paper Hyperconverged Transformation: Getting the Software-defined Data Center Right, published in 2016 by the Enterprise Strategy Group.