IT solutions distributor MSI-ECS Phils. partnered with SimpliVity to distribute the company’s hyperconverged infrastructure platform in the Philippines. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged platform assimilates all data center functions, including servers, storage, WAN optimisation, data protection and cloud gateway into a single 2U building block.
Specifically, SimpliVity assimilated all IT elements below the hypervisor (eight to 12 disparate functions) into a simple 2U building block of x86 sharable resources to deliver IT simplicity, operational efficiency, and three times of savings on total cost of ownership.
According to Scott Morris, SimpliVity vice president for Asia Pacific and Japan, a lot of companies still use legacy IT infrastructure, and the current and still common practice is for them to “buy different solutions for different needs – e.g. servers, data protection apps, storage switch, back-up appliance. So what we have is the use of complex systems.”
Because of this, “we are compromising our own security, our own capabilities because what we have aren’t good enough,” Morris said.
Convergence of these solutions may bring simplicity to increasingly complex data centers. But hyperconvergence “enables cloud-like economics and scale without compromising the performance, reliability, and availability enterprises require in their data center”.
For Morris, hyperconvergence is also ideal for a country like the Philippines because of two reasons.
On the one hand, the country is infamous for its slow Internet speeds that force customers to have expensive and fixed broadband pricing.
“SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure allows companies to maximize their bandwidth. Data is deduplicated, compressed, and optimized before it is stored or moved over the network, reducing the bandwidth required to support core backup and disaster recovery functions as well as remote office/branch office data synchronization,” he said.
On the other hand, the country has among the highest cost of electricity supplies.
To this end, “by simplifying the infrastructure, major reductions in power are possible. The overall reduction translates into a huge total cost of ownership savings of three times for the small and medium enterprise, as well as the large enterprise markets.”
SimpliVity’s hyperconverged platform is available from $20,000 (or Philippine equivalent) per unit, though various configurations depending on customers’ needs could reach to $200,000(or Philippine equivalent).