What do you need to know about hyperconvergence?
The underlying idea of hyperconvergence is that computational power, data storage and networks are combined into a single system.
This hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is easier to manage and to develop than regular infrastructures.
A regular data center infrastructure is made of individual elements commonly called silos. For each of these silos, decisions are made independently from every other element of the infrastructure.
The result is such that you end up with solutions coming from different providers, each with their own dedicated software.
Managing the structure becomes increasingly difficult while the optimization of hardware becomes an increasingly expensive and slower burden.
Silos no more
The first step is to come up with a converged infrastructure.
In this case, computational power, data storage and network infrastructure are bundled into a rack with its own integrated management platform. It’s more efficient – even if its configuration remains complex.
A hyperconverged infrastructure doesn’t need to take into account the underlying hardware. In short, how systems work doesn’t matter.
The entire computational power, data storage and network infrastructure (as well as its integrity) are managed from a single central software.
Additional capacity can be added without hassle or needing to completely modify the HCI.
Because the HCI is scalable, it adapts to your organization’s needs.
Why go for an HCI?
HCI offers numerous advantages when it comes to efficiency, cost reduction as well as simplifying system management. It explains why an increasing number of businesses have been adopting it.
Hyperconvergence is now used for simple web servers, but also for more complex SAP, SQL or Oracle applications.
It caters perfectly to workloads linked to business analytics or big data. Because of its simplified complexity, the Total Cost of Ownership is lower – as opposed to traditional or converged infrastructure.
Your IT department doesn’t need to be organized around multiple systems from multiple providers. Hyperconvergence appears to be the preferred solutions for SMEs.
It also offers a higher level of data protection. Data retrievals after an incident are usually integrated – or easily integrable – within an HCI environment.
It’s not surprising to see hyperconvergence grow. According to Marketsandmarket, the market of hyperconverged infrastructures is bound to quadruple between 2018 and 2023.
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