PowerOne is set to become a force. This new converged infrastructure offering is comprised entirely of Dell Technologies and promises a seamless deployment and upgrade experience. Its pledge to reduce risk while saving users time and money is powerful. These are my top reasons I’m keeping my eyes on PowerOne.
There’s Still Room for Three-Tier
PowerOne reinforces that there is still viability in the converged infrastructure market with three-tier architectures. Over the past several years, there has been much buzz around hyper-converged infrastructure. Enterprises have often been steered towards hyper-converged, and therefore away from three-tier. PowerOne demonstrates there is still very much a need for specific applications that require three-tier designs. These will mainly be heavy-duty applications that have specific infrastructure requirements. This includes applications like Epic in Healthcare or SAP in manufacturing, where hyper-converged can’t fully address these needs yet.
Lead Time is Drastically Reduced
Enterprises still want the reliability and repeatability of factory built and factory integrated components. PowerOne offers a much faster time to delivery versus products like Vblock and VxBlock, where the lead time with LCS and factory build is sometimes 70-90 days from order to delivery. PowerOne is going after a much shorter time to market—and they are accomplishing this through automation.
Automation Updates Will be Critical to Day 2 Success
Automation is becoming more pervasive in not only customer environments, but also infrastructure manufacturing environments. The automation piece that Dell has incorporated is huge. It will be interesting to see how they roll this out on Day 2 and manage upgrades to the Ansible automation over time—especially if users introduce configuration drift to the design post-install and pre-upgrade.
The more Dell can move code upgrades or maintenance events, the more PowerOne will feel like software. This also hammers home the need for automation in customer environments because its validated that manufacturers are going down the same path.
Automation Will Have Limits, at Least Initially
Typically with higher level applications, like SAP for example, that drive an enterprise to a three-tier architecture, there will sometimes be very demanding or specific layout requirements. Whether that’s around SRDF remote replication, or some of the really advanced features that are available in PowerMax. How far will they be able to take the automation? Is it going to be able to account for all of those different items or will there be a point where the automation stops and users have to revert back to manual tasks? This automation will not be pervasive and will not be the be all end all. It will be interesting to see how it evolves.