The administrators of today’s virtual machines are tasked with what may seem practically impossible. The complex system requires multidomain experience under the constant pressure of supporting both traditional and modern applications, the nonstop battle against VM sprawl, and the ever-present need to cut costs.
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WEI often works with clients in both areas of backup and disaster recovery at the same time. We find it’s often beneficial for them to be part of a single strategy since the function of backup and DR relates so closely together (recovering from some sort of event). They do have slightly different goals, however. With backup, you might be looking at a smaller data loss, such as accidental deletion or corruption of files.
Applications are the fuel that runs the modern digital business machine. When the
infrastructure that powers those applications is difficult to administer, or fails, businesses and their IT organizations are severely impacted. Traditionally, ensuring availability and performance was the responsibility of IT, but in today’s technology landscape the industry needs to evolve and reset the requirements on vendors.
Some purchases require more planning than others do. This is certainly true when it comes to investing in a data storage solution. While applications may come and go, your company’s data lives on. Your data drives the majority of your business operations. One can argue that outside of your Internet gateway, no other facet of the data center has a greater impact on business operations and workloads.
The digital transformation of today’s technology landscape moves at breakneck speed. One of the only things that moves faster, is consumer demand and expectation. Consider this: Before 2007, not a single person in the world had a smartphone – but 13 years later, mobile devices are on track to outnumber the global population four to one. That kind of growth means business leaders need ask themselves, “What if the expectations of our customers exceed what we can do?”
In an industry that requires constant innovation to keep up with the demands of the customer, digital transformation- modernization of the datacenter - is crucial to digital enterprise. In fact, a Forbes Insight survey from 2018 found that 35 percent of executives reported a high degree of competitive disruption within their sector due to the growing number of technology-driven startups and technological innovations.
Modern data centers are more efficient and high-performing than ever, but problems and failures still occur. The goal is to leverage the software defined data center (SDDC) to achieve optimal efficiency for the business. Incompatible hardware and an overabundance of solutions often prevent true convergence. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) links the entire data center to one comprehensive management system. HCI creates a seamless, robust data center environment, eliminating many virtualization challenges. With HCI, you can maximize performance and efficiency, and get a better return on your data center investment.
In the past, users were forced to choose between HDDs with high storage capacity or DRAMs offering high performance. Advancements in NAND flash allowed for a new, comprehensive option: the flash-based SSD. NAND flash is a nonvolatile (NV) semiconductor memory device. Unlike DRAMs, NAND chips do not need a continuous power supply to retain stored data. Flash-based SSDs provide greater storage capacity and better performance and speed at a cost-effective price point.
Today's IT departments and data centers are drastically different than their predecessors. Virtualization has been the key driving force behind the changes. However, new technology and operations bring new challenges that must be resolved. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) helps IT departments solve many of the issues caused by virtualization. HCI works by linking every part of the data center and bring it all under one management platform. With HCI, both IT and the data center become more efficient and agile, resulting in increased performance and scalability.
Many enterprises are undergoing a digital transformation as they move towards business models that collect and use data as a strategic digital asset. This information is used to drive better insights and improve agility, but as the demands for in-depth collection, analysis, and response grow older, technologies can’t meet the evolving requirements.