City Governments Modernize Their Metropolis with HCI 2.0
Under normal circumstances, we’re willing to wait for things. We’ll wait for weeks for a tax refund, days for a package to arrive from Amazon – assuming we don’t shell out the dollars for Prime, and possibly hours for our turn in the hospital emergency room. But when you call your city authorities – police, fire, or EMT – you need a response within minutes. First responders understand the importance of a quick response, and so does their IT.
IT is that quiet league of superheroes that keeps our Gotham and Metropolis cities running around the clock. They help us with our car registrations and utility bills. They empower our police and EMT crews to respond quickly with the right resources and information. And they constantly deliver and innovate in low budget and bureaucratic environments. But now their IT superpowers are challenged by massive data volumes and velocities, driven by IoT, GPS, 5G and streaming videos.
Most small city governments support non-critical applications in a traditional SAN architecture – we call this a 3-2-1 architecture (three servers, two switches, and one storage array). On this modest platform, if your boat title transfer takes a week or so, it’s no big deal. In this case, it’s all about keeping infrastructure costs down. Police departments, on the other hand, are held to a much higher standard for how quickly they respond to 911 calls and emergencies. They too have used dedicated 3-2-1 infrastructures, but with 100 percent synchronous replication to support data and application availability to keep operations running at all times. For them, it’s all about reliability and performance.
However, some city governments are starting to replace this more complex infrastructure existence through a new hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). This offers the ability to hyper-consolidate storage and compute capabilities in a low-cost, highly-available and super-powerful platform – all while maintaining the simplicity that is HCI, offering a new twist on what you assume is traditional HCI or HCI 1.0.
FabricXpress HCI is the Foundation of HCI 2.0
Axellio FabricXpress All-NVMe server combined with Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) or Azure Stack HCI offers sub-millisecond response times at a lower cost to the taxpayer, while providing greater performance for all municipal applications – but specifically for storage IO intensive applications like computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and relationship management systems (RMS). Axellio is working with city IT officials to modernize their environments with FabricXpress All-NVMe HCI – or HCI 2.0 – for continuous replication and an NVMe platform that’s faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive. Best of all, it consolidates all applications and performance with easy access to and from Microsoft Azure – for a simple approach to hybrid cloud.
FabricXpress HCI provides a new means for city IT departments to revamp their infrastructure without asking their city councils to break their budgets.
In the past, budget limitations have driven city IT to patch and restore aging equipment up to 10 years old. Axellio’s FabricXpress HCI solutions are optimized to lower total cost of ownership from the initial licensing cost that decreases due to more storage per node power to the actual infrastructure costs. When you can have a greater density of VMs in a smaller footprint you save money. And with less physical infrastructure comes a greater simplicity for HCI management, which is great for IT teams that need to focus on the more critical aspects of their jobs.
With FabricXpress, police departments can process huge volumes of data faster, so they get back on the streets for the next call. These solutions make RMS more efficient when used with 911 call centers to capture caller data information along with GPS coordinates and satellite information. And CAD applications are strengthened to improve data and document management to accelerate response times and documentation time to get back to what’s important – the people of your cities.
With Microsoft WSSD or Azure Stack HCI and Axellio FabricXpress, IT can easily integrate with the Microsoft Azure cloud to store and process non-critical data like streaming videos or car registrations, saving mission-critical onsite compute and storage for NVMe. Easy access allows for a seamless hybrid cloud experience, eliminating bandwidth and latency issues for CAD and RMS applications locally, and allows for an inexpensive option for replication, backup, etc… to seamlessly connect administrative and first responder environments.
Axellio removes the kryptonite of complex data center management and restrictive budgets to allow our IT superheroes to save the day – every day.