Apr 27 2018

Hyperconvergence Lets Local Agencies Adopt Cloudlike Benefits On-Premises

The cloud isn't right for everyone, but HCI can help agencies find on-prem efficiencies.

While many state and local governments move data center resources to the public cloud, others opt for hyperconverged infrastructure that delivers cloudlike benefits while keeping workloads on-premises.

According to “Destination Cloud,” a September 2016 report by MeriTalk, 48 percent of state and local governments integrate cloud into their IT strategy. However, in its January 2017 report “Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky,” McAfee announced that agencies are less likely than other organizations to think that the public cloud is secure from hackers.

Hyperconvergence has gained popularity in part because of its ability to mimic the scalability and consolidation benefits of the public cloud while keeping legacy applications and sensitive data in-house. HCI also delivers other benefits, such as improved performance, efficiency and reliability.

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Local Agencies Tap HCI to Improve Efficiency

There are numerous state and local departments, large and small, that have successfully deployed HCI.

For example, a Massachusetts sheriff’s office replaced servers and storage equipment with HPE’s SimpliVity infrastructure, resulting in a 75 percent reduction in memory utilization and a 90 percent reduction in server infrastructure. And an East Coast state department of health used VMware to eliminate downtime and reduce costs by 50 percent.

Moreover, when the Topeka and Shawnee County (Kan.) Public Library moved to a hyperconverged infrastructure via the Nutanix 3060-G5 solution, the library was able to free up physical space by reducing its server footprint by 36 devices. Moreover, it was able to standardize the computer experience for its 3,000 daily users.

“We were able to take our traditional three-tier architecture, which is processing, network and storage, down to basically a single tier,” says Brian Mithen, a network and systems administrator for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

A hyperconverged system was also key in transforming Louisiana’s Department of Health. When the state deployed 26 Dell-Nutanix hyperconverged systems in each of its two data centers, replacing legacy mainframe systems, it was able to create a more flexible, software-based environment that offered the state's health system cost savings and room to grow.

“The decision to move to Dell-Nutanix saved the state millions of dollars on this project and allowed us to procure additional technologies to bolster the state’s virtualization and cloud computing strategy,” Louisiana Chief Technology Officer Michael Allison tells StateTech.

To learn more about how data center upgrades can reduce downtime and make room for future IT demands, check out our feature “How Planning a Data Center Build-Out Optimizes Operations.”

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