Vargas deployed Nutanix over two and a half years, giving the organization time to gradually age out its legacy hardware. He said the move has also allowed Adventist Risk Management to eliminate its storage area networks, bring down licensing costs and improve resiliency.
“In my mind, this truly moved Adventist Risk Management to a modern technology infrastructure,” Vargas says. “We really stepped out there and we said, ‘Look, we’re done with traditional technology.’”
For Vargas, the changes simplified datacenter management, cybersecurity, backup and other IT tasks.
“In a large enterprise, you have very large and specialized IT teams,” Vargas noted. “You have your virtualization team, you have your storage team, you have your backup team. At a small-to-medium business like Adventist Risk Management, our network administrators are the ones managing our Nutanix environment.”
Previously, Vargas says, these workers spent large chunks of their time managing and updating various systems.
“With the dramatic simplification, those workers can now focus on other things,” he said. “I can get more bang for the buck from one employee.”
Vargas noted that the Nutanix infrastructure allows ARM to replicate its environment across various regions without requiring someone to be physically present to conduct backups at each site. The infrastructure also streamlines cybersecurity, as the organization now has fewer systems to protect.
“Our network is constantly being probed, and if we’re not on our game every day, we have a problem,” Vargas said.
“There are layers upon layers of security,” he said. While Nutanix significantly reduced what he has to consider internally, there are still layers such as outside in or endpoint security that need to be managed.
Vargas said since Nutanix moved to a subscription-based pricing model, it is saving Adventist Risk Management thousands of dollars per year, compared to what the organization was paying when it first deployed the infrastructure just a few years ago. He called it a game changer.
“It’s a whole new ballgame,” Vargas said. “It brings affordability to a whole new level. With that move, I think you’re going to see a lot more faith-based and nonprofit organizations embracing Nutanix.”
But he recalled how he had to meticulously lay out the business case for virtualizing IT with Nutanix. It took several years to sway leaders. During the time, he even explained to church-affiliated organizations why they should modernize their IT.
“Many of those same organizations who said, ‘Yeah, we really can’t afford Nutanix’ are now saying, ‘We really can’t afford not to have Nutanix,’” Vargas said. “When you compare the costs of modern technology versus traditional technology over a period of years, it speaks for itself. Right now, we’re rolling out a couple of new blocks of nodes at our sites, and it’s going to be such an easy project, as opposed to if we had traditional technology and had to rip-and-replace.”
Vargas added: “It proves that we made the right decision four years ago.”