Never buy storage again
Given the benefits, it’s easy to see why Johnson would be eager to replicate his West Coast experience with ClearSky and Equinix in Europe. But we’ll let Johnson speak for himself.
“I'll never have to buy storage again,” Johnson said. “I also no longer need to buy backup software, manage replication systems or provision storage for data protection. The complexity that ClearSky has removed from our infrastructure is significant, and, just as important, it’s cost effective. Eliminating our backup software and all-flash arrays alone more than paid for the ClearSky service. I see this as the future of storage.”
What’s more, with ClearSky, Johnson has been able to:
- Eliminate his backup and replication systems;
- Cut his bandwidth costs by two-thirds; and
- Reduce the total rack space (not just storage!) in its data center by 70%.
But Myers-Briggs isn’t only seeing benefits from ClearSky. The company is also moving its data centers into Equinix facilities. This move will decrease Myers-Briggs’ data center costs, but more important for the long term, the company will be able to move virtual machines (VMs) across multiple metros in real time, thanks to Platform Equinix’s more than 200 highly connected IBX data centers in 24 countries. As a result, Johnson can move compute wherever the company needs it and easily connect it to ClearSky storage.
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Myers-Briggs decision to go with ClearSky and Equinix is part of a larger trend, in which enterprise IT is finally realizing the promise of the cloud to achieve infrastructure independence. Because while Johnson hasn’t yet decommissioned his complete storage infrastructure, he plans to do so as soon as it’s all amortized.
Sandy Alexander is another company that’s achieving infrastructure independence with ClearSky. The graphic communications marketing company was able to get rid of its storage area network (SAN), backup and DR systems.
Previously, Sandy’s head of IT, Justin Fredericks, was running out of capacity. He was deduping and compressing as much as he could, but it was starting to affect performance. Backup was another huge headache that Justin needed to solve. Sandy designs and prints everything from catalogues and point-of-sale materials to large billboards, so the IT team is dealing with massive files that are getting larger all the time.
In fact, Sandy’s team had so much data to manage that their system was writing multiple terabytes of file changes to backups daily, which took hours, and restoring data from backups likewise took far too long. What’s more, the cost of storing all those backups meant it was cost prohibitive to protect all of the company’s data — IT was only able to back up the most vital digital assets.
With ClearSky, Sandy has unlimited capacity, fully automated data protection and a whole lot more peace of mind. And, looking ahead, Fredericks is thinking along the same lines as Johnson at Myers-Briggs. Because he can so easily connect ClearSky storage to workloads, he foresees a day in the near future when he’ll be able to move compute anywhere it makes sense, giving him enormous flexibility.
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