10 Reasons to Move your Databases off Legacy Infrastructure

September 12, 2019 | min

Does this sound like you?

Your databases have been running on legacy IT infrastructure for years—decades, even. It’s a beast, but a familiar beast, and your IT team knows the ins-and-outs of the technology. Despite it being slow, costly, and complex, it’s been an IT staple for a long time. Alternatives seem like a daunting jump.


Many organizations have the same story. But your business-critical databases, like Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, SAP HANA, PostgreSQL, and MySQL, have the potential to work more efficiently on the right infrastructure. So, why exactly should you move? Here are 10 reasons companies have opted for the simplicity and reliability of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI)—a solution that merges—not separates—compute, storage, networking, and virtualization.

1. Simplicity is Superior

Legacy infrastructure is laden with complexity around every corner—from endless siloes to tedious database management. Your infrastructure shouldn’t require eyes ‘round-the-clock. With hyperconverged infrastructure, you can keep track of your databases with a single click, not multiple specialists and wasted weekends.

And the numbers are pretty telling, too. With HCI, organizations have realized up to a 60% reduction in total infrastructure costs, and up to a 90% reduction in power, space, and cooling requirements.

2. Better Data Locality

Data is king. And your infrastructure should treat it as such.

Hyperconvergence is a flash-accelerated architecture, featuring a unique approach to data locality that delivers optimal database performance. And best of all, you’re free from the strain of continual performance tuning.

Plus, HCI delivers data locality while preventing the all-too-familiar “noisy neighbor” problem.

3. Database Automation made Simple

Your infrastructure should be responsible for optimizing your databases. Constant, by-hand tuning and management is not just time-consuming; it can open up the doors to human error.

Nutanix Era enables one-click automation, delivering efficiency, agility, cost-effectiveness, and scalability across the enterprise. You’re able to provision, clone, refresh, and back up your databases instantly, deliver sophisticated and customizable recovery SLAs, and enable database-as-a-service (DBaaS) to your teams.

4. Full Availability

If you’re facing an outage or another kind of disaster, your infrastructure should still be able to support your databases. Self-healing architecture restores full resiliency without operator intervention. Plus, Nutanix delivers non-disruptive upgrades that eliminate planned downtime—all in one click.

Need an anecdote? One lead systems engineer said his Nutanix hosts were the only ones “running like a top” during an outage.

5. Minimized Management

If much of your time is spent managing your database performance (or other parts of your infrastructure, for that matter), you’re missing out on valuable time that could be spent on innovative projects that give your business a competitive advantage.

Your infrastructure platform should include built-in tools that make management simpler and easier to view and control. Nutanix Prism, a single interface turns management into a breeze and automates many common tasks. Meanwhile, Nutanix Calm facilitates application automation and orchestration.

6. Complete Virtualization

Moving to server virtualization immediately gives your database environments the operational advantages of virtualization, including significant reductions in operating costs.

Not to mention, because virtualization minimizes the amount of servers you’ll need, you’re able to cut down on power and cooling costs, reduce your datacenter footprint, and overall eliminate datacenter “clutter” that could be clogging up your environment.

Some of the companies featured in the 12 Cloud Game Changers eBook saw incredible results from opting for virtualized solutions, including one organization who slashed their datacenter footprint by 16:1.

7. Security by Design

The average cost of a data breach is around $4 M, and with 77% of organizations having been victims of 1 or more cyber attacks, leaving security on the backburner simply isn’t an option.

Nutanix uses a security-first design, resulting in fewer attacks and greater protection for sensitive customer data. Security specifications and testing are built into every step of development.

8. Integration with the Public Cloud

While the agility and flexibility of the public cloud is appealing, the long-term costs aren’t, which is why 80% of organizations have moved their applications out of the public cloud and into the private cloud. You can learn more about the qualms of a cloud-first approach here, but even so, the benefits are alluring, and understandably, organizations aren’t willing to completely ditch the public cloud.

That’s why Nutanix Enterprise Cloud converges private, public, and distributed clouds, simplifying hybrid cloud environments and letting you integrate private cloud operations to the public cloud.

9. The Choice is Yours!

In a recent Enterprise Cloud Index survey, 97% of respondents claim the ability to move applications between clouds is a business necessity. The ability to choose which applications run where and when should be up to you—and that same freedom of choice should extend to other areas of the datacenter.

Enterprise Cloud runs on multiple hardware platforms, supports all popular virtualization solutions, and supports multi-cloud environments, letting you deploy and manage apps in any cloud.

10. Top-of-the-line Support

With the inevitable cost fluctuations and head-scratching complications that arise with legacy infrastructure, your vendor should be there to support you every step of the way. Unfortunately, not all vendors are equally supportive.

With a record of award-winning support and comprehensive professional services worldwide, Nutanix makes it easy to get the help you need—should any concerns arise.

If 10 reasons weren't enough, you can find plenty more in the Database Solutions Pocketbook. Plus, you’ll learn how to make the move onto hyperconvergence in the most simple, straightforward way.

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