I had the opportunity to interview the Director of Development of a large multinational financial services organization. Since IT is often considered a competitive advantage for these firms, it didn't surprise me that he asked that neither he nor his organization be named in this post.
What was being done that required this technology?
We are undertaking a consolidation effort of various labs that are spread around the campus and this technology fit very well along-side VMware.
What was considered before this technology was selected?
We had looked at Egenera in the past, but it didn't seem to present anywhere near the same benefit to cost ratio. It wasn't as flexible either so it never really made sense. I think we had settled for single instance physical for whatever it didn't make sense to virtualize.
Why was this technology selected?
The price was certainly right and Scalent although a younger company seemed to be moving in the right direction. The potential upside is huge once we are able to develop it internally.
What tangible benefits have come from the use of this technology?
Those are difficult to measure at this stage; mostly because we are tied up in a merger and that has things temporarily slowed down. However the expected benefit short term is an excellent Dev / test solution. Longer term as the product and our use of it matures we see great DR potential.
What advice would you give others facing similar issues?
This technology is worth a very hard look at the least because with a bit of vision the potential is seemingly limitless for the truly physical solutions. It is a very broad solution in that it allows for so many different types of components that are not proprietary. Lastly, when you talk to Scalent; they "get it" and are really trying to take it to the next level.