The Benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure
The IT world has seen many changes and advances over the years. One will argue that one of the most important changes is the business side of it, with that comes many different applications and tools to advance the business aspect of an IT department. For example, hyper-convergence, which allows for an organization to have an easy to manage but scalable appliance infrastructure.
Hyper-convergence (hyperconvergence) is a type of infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies from scratch in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor.
By consolidating a number of virtualization services into a single piece of hardware, that runs a single piece of software, small- and medium-sized businesses can enjoy the simplicity, cost effectiveness, and security of a cloud infrastructure, in one on-site “box.” If you love everything about cloud computing and virtualization, a hyperconverged infrastructure should be the newest tool in your toolbox.
Utilizing what an organization already has and enhancing it is why hyper-convergence is going to become a crucial next step for many IT departments. While the economic footprint of this is important to consider, especially on the business side of things, the functionality is what makes hyper-convergence beneficial to any IT department. Let’s have a look at the benefits it brings to the organizations.
Software centric computing: The software-based nature of hyperconvergence provides the flexibility required to meet current and future business needs without having to rip and replace infrastructure components.
Centralized systems and management: In hyperconvergence, all components — compute, storage, backup to disk, cloud gateway functionality, and so on — are combined in a single shared resource pool with hypervisor technology. This simple, efficient design enables IT to manage aggregated resources across individual nodes as a single federated system.
Mobility: Hyper-convergence allows for an organization to provide greater mobility in workloads and applications.
Unified administration: Hyperconvergence consolidates a number of separate functions and services into one piece of technology. Whoever is managing your virtualization services can tweak storage, cloud, backup, and database settings and workloads from one place.
Streamlined upgrading: Different hyperconvergence “boxes” come in different sizes and capabilities. So all it takes to scale up is buying another unit based on your forecasted needs. If you’re in a place where all you need is a little extra, purchase a smaller upgrade. But when you’re expecting rapid growth, a bigger box will ensure your IT can expand with your business.
Stronger data protections: When a small group of people are trying to stay on top of a mounting pile of account management settings, malware definitions, and data storage settings, it’s hard to keep constantly probing cyber-attackers from finding a security hole. But with a hyperconvergence infrastructure, your virtual machines aren’t built by bridging a series of third-party services together — it’s all one service.
Enhanced agility: Agility is a big deal in modern IT. Business expects IT to respond quickly as new needs arise. Hyperconverged infrastructure enables IT to achieve positive outcomes much faster. In a hyperconverged world, all resources in all physical data centers reside under a single administrative umbrella. Workload migration in such environments is a breeze, particularly in a solution that enables consistent deduplication as a core part of its offering.
Low cost: Hyperconverged systems have a low cost of entry compared with their integrated system counterparts and legacy infra- structure.
By delivering virtualization, storage, compute, network, management and data protection in an easy to manage but scalable application, an organization has the ability to seamlessly manage a complex infrastructure. Hyper-convergence is definitely emerging as a pivotal application that can be utilized in even the smallest organizations. Not only is it cost effective, but it plays a very important role in managing a company’s infrastructure.