April 30, 2015 – Traditional datacenter three tier architectures cover a large percentage of your company’s current datacenter footprint. These tiers are comprised of three core components: server, storage, and network. These three tiers work in tandem with one another to make sure your applications, end-users and business processes can perform without interruption. But in order to maintain a smooth work-flow, your IT department must support this three tier compute and storage architecture, often times requiring large teams of workers with specific skill sets to keep each individual tier functioning properly.
The downfall of this legacy three tier system becomes very evident, however, during times of business growth. Instead of your IT department functioning as a strategic asset to make growth more possible, your legacy systems require you to refocus all your valuable IT assets towards making the laborious additions to your systems.
Here are two truths and one lie that every IT department must face when your company is experiencing a time of growth:
Truth #1: Relying on your legacy three tier compute and storage architecture to support your company’s new or growing virtualization needs will cost you money, productivity and time.
What really happens when your company experiences growth? Say your legacy three tier compute and storage architecture is built to handle 1000 users, but you’re already at capacity. Your CEO lets you know that 100 new users need to be added, and expects this to be done quickly.
In truth, each tier must then be modified individually to execute those growth needs successfully. This can be a lengthy, time consuming process, and extremely expensive. Your CEO will not be pleased with this slower time to start or additional costs that impact the overall budget, even if the adjustments are beyond your control.
Our advice: Research the term “Hyperconvergence” and “Hyperconverged Datacenter”. What you’ll find is a new approach to these current IT complexities. Hyperconverged Architectures allow you to grow at any pace needed, without sudden unexpected costs or productivity delays.
Truth #2: Legacy three tier compute and storage architectures usually require large teams of high cost skill sets for each of the three tiers.
In a typical three tier architecture, you have to develop the specific skill sets around each component. You need IT staff members with the expertise to manage your physical and virtual server workload, design, maintain, and optimize your storage environment, and provide the skill set required for the ever changing needs of your network architecture.
While these are valuable assets to your department, they would be better suited for new and emerging projects instead of being weighed down with constant menial maintenance tasks.
Our advice: Minimize the soft HR costs that are required to support these teams and invest in a Hyperconverged Datacenter that can manage two of those tiers in one, without all the technical expertise required. This software defined datacenter approach will allow your skilled team members to focus on IT initiatives that will propel your business into a more competitive realm. It will also improve productivity and time to market for new business solutions and systems.
The lie is that you can continue to invest expensive and long procurement and implementation timelines of legacy three tier architectures while simultaneously providing your business the advantages of Hyperconvergence.
Having a Hyperconverged Datacenter strategy and collapsing the compute and storage tiers into a unified, easy to manage environment cuts down on space and maintenance costs of a traditional architecture. Adopting Hyperconvergence will also allow your business to increase agility and the ability to scale quickly, as well as creating a more stable, solid platform to meet a large portion of your current business needs. Instead of taking months to acquire, set-up and configured legacy infrastructure, you can provide an environment ready to receive your virtual workload in as little as 2-3 weeks. Business won’t be delayed and project expectations can be exceeded. As the business world moves forward with this new cutting edge datacenter technology, make sure you’re providing your company the opportunity to stay ahead of the curve.