Storage, Virtualization

You’ve Decided to Virtualize. Now What?


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The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) was launched nearly five years ago and, in that time, 22 of the 24 participating agencies have reported achieving desired cost savings through cloud and virtualization. The Department of Defense alone estimates saving $68 million from their virtualization and system reduction efforts. The Department of State saved $9 million from just the reduced energy costs when servers were virtualized. With these very real savings virtualization is an obvious move; still, agencies should not rush into the effort and expect immediate return on savings. The process takes time, effort, and organization-wide support.

Organizations that are making the move to virtualize their environment should look beyond the initial processes and start planning for the automated self-service that virtualization enables. It is this self-service model that will enable, and has enabled, continued cost savings beyond the initial virtualization process. To reap the full advantages of virtualized environments, IT leaders need to use end-to-end virtualized infrastructure to support fully automated and policy-based IT services. Then they will be able to deliver services based on their governance policies that meet specific organizational compliance regulations.

To make the transformation to a self-service model easier, EMC has joined forces with the industry’s leading provider of IT infrastructure, VMware. Together, they’ve created a complete virtualization solution that accelerates deployment of private cloud, VxRail. VxRail enables customers to move toward a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) and build a private cloud on VMware’s trusted Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) vSAN, which enable faster deployment, enhanced simplicity, greater choice, higher efficiency, and lower risk. More particularly, the VxRail solution enables:

  • Flexibility and Choice

VxRail offers next-generation processors, variable RAM, storage, and cache capacity, making it flexible to any workload. With the agility VxRail enables, you can “pay as you grow,” providing a predicable approach for future scale out. Even more, the various nodes, including all-flash and hybrid, help maximize performance and scale for critical workloads and blend performance and cost across various ranges of processing power, memory, and storage.

  • Performance and Scalability

VxRail allows users to starts small and grow according to individual needs. Organizations can scale from 40 VMs to 3,200 VMs, making scale easy and non-disruptive to the overall workflow. This building block approach for the SDDC delivers greater performance than other hyper-converged appliances – up to 5 times the power!

  • Simplified Usability and Management

VxRail has a simple management interface; users are able to access VMware vCenter to control and provision the virtual environment on a familiar platform. Additionally, VxRail is visible and discoverable in VCE Vision Intelligent Operations which allows users to visualize a comprehensive core-to-edge management environment.

  • Replication, Backup and Recovery

VMware Data Protection, included in the VxRail appliance, helps organizations to protect each and every application or VM within the tool. With up to 8 terabytes of capacity. VMware Data Protection features web client management, powered by EMC Avamar. This integration further reduces bandwidth through deduplication and helps to shrink backup windows so the organization can continue to run powerfully.

  • Cloud Integrations

The seamless extension of VxRail with EMC CloudArray to both public and private clouds helps users be sure that their storage can expand without limits and do so securely. With an additional 10 terabytes of on-demand cloud storage per appliance, organizations no longer need to worry about cloud scale or protection.

  • Lower Storage Costs

VxRail can reduce data storage requirements in an environment by up to 50% through leveraging block compression, thin provisioning, and file-level deduplication and compression. Organizations can cut down on backup storage requirements by 10-30 times, all while getting the protection of end-user data and diminishing network usage by 99%.

Just as the Department of State saw substantial savings in energy costs alone, the benefits of virtualization done right can extend into a number of areas. Solutions like VxRail can absorb 90% of IOPS during peak virtual desktop activities, like boot storms, virus scans, patching, and upgrades. Virtualization’s scalability promise means that 1,000 new virtual desktops can be up and running in as few as 15 minutes, speeding the on-ramping of new team members and services. Finally, the move from capital expenditures to an operations budget with the as-a-service model may take a few years to realize, but once it hits the books, the options for budget reallocation open up tremendously.

This year, we’re pleased to host EMC and VMware in the Carahsoft Partner Pavilion at DoDIIS. Stop by booths 430 and 432 to learn more about what your organization can do to realize greater cost savings and operational efficiencies with virtualized environments.

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