Our primary use for the HCI solution is so that we can have redundancy and resiliency for all of our critical systems that reside on VMware. We will be utilizing technologies such as vMotion, iSCSI, and data management to move the VM instances back and forth while they are still running.
We have purchased the solution but we do not have it running yet. We have encountered an issue after the setup was complete where the whole vCenter crashed. Professional Services had to come back out and install the solution a second time, but after they re-installed it, it crashed again. We are finding it challenging to get the system running in a stable condition.
The ability of this solution to scale on demand is good because with the organization growing, our data size is growing as far as our computer server is growing. The scalability will probably be the biggest factor in enhancing our environment.
Part of the planning for our system, or our environment, was that it has to have the capacity to scale. This means that this solution's ability to scale compute and storage independently is something that we took into consideration. We can add an additional chassis at any given time.
We believe that NetApp HCI will reduce our hypervisor footprint, but we have not seen anything as of yet.
When this solution is up and running we expect that the Element software will enable us to consolidate workloads.
We will not be using any of the cloud data services because for security reasons, everything is on-premises.
Although we do not have everything running yet, I am hoping that we will be able to make more efficient use of our compute resources.