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Caught in tech refresh quicksand? Hyperconvergence can help



bigstock--166021601.jpgTechnology refreshes are necessary but often difficult to complete, and that can make you feel trapped. As soon as you finish refreshing one device, it’s time to update another. It’s much like being caught in quicksand ­– you try to move, but it is almost impossible. In fact, you may even be sinking. Anyone who has used older IT infrastructure models knows the feeling of constantly refreshing but never getting ahead.

Most businesses today are dealing with refresh cycles in their data center every three to five years, for as many as a dozen different devices. No matter the lifespan of the technology, once tech refreshes come around, the cycles take a lot of time. Before they can actually choose, implement, and migrate to a new solution, the business has to define infrastructure requirements, research an appropriate solution, and then vet the vendors and sales teams. With all this time spent on finding, implementing, and training on a new solution, businesses can be wondering, “When will I actually find time to innovate?”

Escaping the quicksand

There is an answer to today’s data center problems, especially when looking to reduce complexity and battle inefficiency. Hyperconverged infrastructure offers an extended hand (or very long vine) to IT professionals stuck in tech refresh quicksand to vastly simplify IT operations and break the cycle of constantly buying new technology.

Because hyperconverged infrastructure consolidates multiple IT infrastructure components into a single product, the technology lifecycles are also brought together, making it easier to plan for tech refreshes and easier to manage the entire process centrally. By combining all IT functions and services below the hypervisor, hyperconverged infrastructure offers the opportunity for IT to deal with a single vendor. And since the entire solution is managed through existing and well-known tools, training time is minimized as well.

Reducing the amount of complexity in the data center leads to only good things. For tech refresh cycles, it gives time back to the IT team. No longer do IT professionals have to spend all of their time going through the strenuous (and time-consuming) process of vetting, implementing, and training on new data center solutions. The time saved by hyperconverged infrastructure is time you can spend innovating.

In fact, an IDC white paper noted that hyperconverged customers who implemented HPE SimpliVity powered by Intel® increased IT budget spent on new technology projects/purchases versus IT budget spent on maintaining existing infrastructure, from 43 percent to 56 percent. That’s the equivalent of a 33 percent budget increase for new projects. The white paper also stated that HPE SimpliVity customers increased time spent on innovation and new projects from 16 percent to 29 percent, equivalent to an 81 percent increase.

If you feel like you’ve been caught in tech refresh quicksand, don’t continue to struggle with legacy IT and outdated systems -- you’ll only sink faster. Hyperconverged infrastructure offers a way to break the buying cycle, leave the quicksand behind you, and take back control of your data center.

To learn more about how hyperconverged customers are benefitting from HPE SimpliVity, read the full IDC report. And for more information on hyperconvergence, download the free e-book: Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Dummies.


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