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Trends in Hyperconvergence and Disaster Recovery: Lessons from Cisco Live 2016

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Peak 10’s Director of Strategic Alliances shares top IT trends in hyperconvergence

A review of the book, “Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension”, in the Wall Street Journal brings some of the implications of all the trend towards “convergence,” “hyperconvergence” and “simplification” into sharp focus.  The astonishing power and simplicity that comes from the combination of computational tools and desired business outcomes have many great benefits but also carry an increased risk that has to be addressed.  The tendency is to build our daily operations against what is possible to derive the greatest value from the investments that we have made.  As our investments have offered much greater return, the negative implications of a failure in these systems also grows proportionally.

This year’s Cisco Live got me thinking about this strong trend in technology and its implications. Tech used to be an arcane knowledge that needed an initiated class to act as the go-betweens to get value from computing for the business.  Now the convergence that we see in hardware and software is also reflected in the convergence between IT concerns and “business” concerns.

Another way to say this is to say that while companies used to buy tools to allow them to pursue outcomes, now the balance is increasingly shifted towards buying outcomes.

At the physical layer, customers now often prefer to buy colocation space to get the various layers of security and protection instead of buying racks, gensets, cooling infrastructure, power conditioning, and other hardware.

In terms of the cloud, the same thing holds true: customers buy VMs instead of all the gear and environmentals needed to do this for themselves. The growing success of “hyper-converged” platforms such as Cisco’s HyperFlex shows that this same tendency towards delivering outcomes has also gotten into the way equipment is sold and consumed.

There are also impressive new advancements in things like Operations Support Systems (OSS) with application dependency mapping or extended new Business Intelligence (BI) tools to allow users to more quickly sort through data and work to bend it into knowledge or – even better – wisdom.

While I was glad to spend time learning about these new trends and advancements at Cisco Live, I was even more pleased to present on the ever-increasing trend of protecting one’s business using Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Peak 10 recently released new multi-tier DR as a Service offerings which allow our customers to better – and more cost-effectively – protect themselves against the financial, operational and reputational risks that could be caused by a failure in their increasingly important production compute resources.

Peak 10’s three DRaaS tiers are:

  • Recovery Cloud Premium: Peak 10’s premium DRaaS solution for mature, large or complex IT environments, or for mission-critical workloads, such as ecommerce or ERP, with little tolerance for downtime.
  • Recovery Cloud Prime: Peak 10’s most demanded DRaaS solution for mainstay workloads in small-to-midsized businesses.
  • Recovery Cloud Essentials: For business just getting starting with DR, or for meeting regulatory or business partner requirements for non-mission-critical workloads.

These are really exciting times to work at the crossroads of technology and business because we can now accomplish so much more than used to be possible.  However, with great power comes great responsibility.

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