Simplify Test/Dev with SimpliVity OmniCube
SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure accelerates time to market by simplifying test/dev provisioning, while eliminating redundant data.
IT organizations are struggling with a growing “Shadow IT” problem, where employees use company resources for non-approved, non-validated, and potentially unsecured external IT services to augment what may be available internally. According to a Frost & Sullivan report, “83% of IT workers admit to using non-approved SaaS apps, compared to 81% of line-of-business workers. We’re not talking about isolated incidents here. According to the same report, 26% of IT departments use six or more non-approved SaaS apps; just 7% of business units use that many.”
The Rise in Cloud Services for Test/Dev
According to Forrester, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) adoption is growing, but not necessarily from IT: “It’s coming from developers bypassing IT infrastructure managers, from engineers and scientists procuring their own infrastructure, and from business owners procuring technology directly for websites, web businesses, and marketing.”
In ever-growing numbers, end users are turning to the public cloud. Why? It boils down to a fundamental capability gap between what the business requires and what IT can deliver on legacy technology. The business needs:
- Faster time to market
- Faster time to deployment
- Faster application development
- Faster provisioning
- Faster spin up and spin down of test, development and Quality Assurance (QA) environments
- Committed Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
The theme is speed. For you to deliver competitive advantage to the business, you must enable the business to move quickly. Any difficulty in providing the speed the business requires comes as a result of two critical factors: existing technology and cost.
The legacy technology that most IT departments leverage today is big, expensive, inefficient, and often made up of disparate pieces that must be integrated. As most IT organizations have not yet invested in hyperconvergence, your environment likely consists of several appliances: servers, storage arrays, backup applications, disk-based targets, and more. To test a new application, some combination of these steps is usually required:
- An application developer requests a test environment.
- The request gets processed through the IT ticketing system and enters the queue.
- When the resources – CAPEX and OPEX – are deemed available, the project is marked ready; this process alone could take days or weeks.
- The virtualization administrator clones a VM or creates a new VM altogether.
- The storage administrator adds the new VM to an existing datastore or configures the datastore, including
- Carving out a new Logical Unit (LUN) on the array, choosing LUN number, tiering policy, controller owner, etc.
- Assigning the LUN to a group that includes the World Wide Names (WWN) or iSCSI initiator for the vSphere hosts to attach.
- Zoning the physical and/or vSwitches.
- Rescanning the vSphere HBAs for the new LUN.
- Assigning or confirming the path selection plugin or the vendor multi-path plugin.
- Creating the necessary disk group and RAID protection schemes.
These are a lot of steps, consuming a lot of time when the application developer just wants to get started. And this is just for one test environment for one application. The same needs to be done for additional applications across multiple test, development, QA, and other related environments.
The process leads to stress and contention between the business and IT and is incredibly wasteful in terms of both operations and physical resources. Each test and development environment effectively becomes a logical copy of what came before it.
According to Forrester, it is no surprise developers have started moving to the cloud:
“Ask your test lab managers about the challenges they face, and they’re likely to complain about how demanding developers can be and how much time is “wasted” in setting up and tearing down test environments for them. They might also complain about not having enough resources. Talk to your application and program managers, and they’re likely to vent frustration with how long it takes to get access to lab resources and that developers don’t understand why IT ops burdens them with so many constraints – making it difficult to get their jobs done.
Then look for the developers who are viewed as the most productive and innovative on the team and ask them how they manage to be so capable among so many complaints. If they’ll tell you (and often they won’t) they might just confess that they’re productive because they don’t use the lab resources provided by IT ops – they go directly to a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) or IaaS cloud where they can get resources within minutes and only pay for those resources when they need them.”
SimpliVity OmniCube: Quickly Provision Test/Dev
- Developers could quickly gain access to the test and development resources they need, when they need it?
- You could quickly spin up and spin down resources on demand?
- You could clone a VM – and its associated data – in two clicks and a couple of minutes?
- You could leverage a smaller building block instead of over-provisioning upfront?
- You could eliminate waste as a result of duplicate data?
- You could simplify IT’s environment with hyper convergence?
- You could establish and meet SLAs with the business?
- You could retain control over the company’s critical Intellectual Property (IP)?
How? SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure accelerates time to market by simplifying test and development provisioning, while eliminating redundant data.
SimpliVity’s OmniCube is the industry’s first and only globally federated and hyperconverged infrastructure solution. Designed and optimized for virtualized environments, OmniCube is a 2U rack-mounted building block that delivers server, storage, and networking services in addition to a complete set of advanced functionality that enables dramatic improvements to the management, protection, and performance of virtual workloads – all at a fraction of the cost and extreme reduction in complexity compared to today’s traditional infrastructure stack.
SimpliVity’s Data Virtualization Platform deduplicates, compresses and optimizes all data inline at inception, once and forever. It eliminates the redundant data that typically proliferates across many disparate test and development environments, across many applications and business units.
SimpliVity cuts the time it takes to provision test and development environments. Instead of days and weeks, it takes a couple of minutes and a couple of clicks in VMware vCenter.