Faster Delivery = Happy Users
Automated Process = Fewer Errors
Standards = Cost Reduction
Order Visibility = Confidence
Linking Systems = Efficiency
Modern business has accelerated. Most organizations realize they need to change the way they consume IT resources. They recognize the challenge: Adjust consumption to make sense at a given time for a given project, or risk falling behind.
The “build-it-yourself” infrastructure model is still relevant for most organizations. That’s what feels comfortable. It uses familiar concepts and offers loads of references to emulate.
Today, an unprecedented gap has opened. Traditional IT can no longer deliver a customer experience that meets business demands. To close the gap, users step outside the IT department to find alternatives that can.
NetApp HCI enterprise-scale solutions let you break free from limitations. Consolidate multiple mixed workloads, scale storage and compute independently on demand, and guarantee performance.
Embracing non-sanctioned “Shadow IT” solutions exposes the organization to security gaps. Then there is the attendant decline in performance. Softchoice surveyed over 900 CEOs on the issue. The result? More than 90% felt hybrid IT was the best approach to closing the gap and eliminating shadow IT.
Nonetheless, the term “hybrid IT” is subject. From our perspective, it means:
When it comes to transforming the data center, the goal is often to mend the gap between supply and demand. This means evaluating other consumption models, like pay-as-you-go and converged infrastructure.
IDC predicts this approach will define 60% of the server, storage and network deployments by 2020. It’s no surprise: Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) meets every need of most modern businesses:
Companies looking to catch up would do well to get on board. HCI is the fastest growing category in the data center market. Revenue should reach $10.8 billion by 2021 with 48% compound annual from 2016.
Many converged, and HCI offerings failed to deliver consistent quality of service (QoS) across applications. As business needs changed, overloaded system resources created the infamous “HCI tax.” Many more mandated fixed rations for resource expansion, making adaptation slow and difficult. Streamlining stack management was often impossible. This was due to product immaturity and long-standing integration with existing hypervisor platforms.
But we’ve reached the next step in the evolution of hyper-converged infrastructure. Today, many of the elements lacking in “HCI 1.0” have arrived in version 2.0 from NetApp HCI.
NetApp HCI is the first enterprise-scale hyper-converged infrastructure solution. It’s evolved from the SolidFire all-flash storage product. As such, it delivers integrated storage efficiency tools, including always-on de-duplication. Also, on the menu: integrated replication, data protection, and high availability. VMware provides a mature and intuitive control interface for the entire infrastructure.
NetApp HCI sets itself apart from competitors in 4 ways:
If you’re intrigued, we encourage you to tap into Softchoice’s experience with NetApp. Learn more about NetApp’s HCI by downloading this brief that dives a little deeper into the key benefits of NetApp’s HCI.