The future of digital infrastructure
The trend to unify and simplify processes is common in IT. However, the new pandemic economy need to speed up this digital transformation and make the most of the resources available to businesses, both personal and IT.
Hyperconverged computing (HCI) provides IT systems with a number of benefits that improve business efficiency, particularly useful for SME.
Cisco Systems, Huawei or Dell EMC are already positioned among the main suppliers of hyperconverged systems for a market that should reach $ 27.1 billion by 2025.
What is hyperconvergence?
Hyperconvergence is a technological platform that combines storage, computing and networking in one system. It reduces the complexity of the data center, makes it easier to manage, and allows you to quickly and easily increase the number of elements.
Traditional structures have clearly limited components that can be separated from each other, making these systems more rigid.
The systems that make up a converged infrastructure differ in that they are designed to flexible structure which allows modules to be added to increase their capacity, provide greater operating speed, superior abstraction and higher levels of automation.
HCI unify some (or all) of the basic components of the computing stack (computation, storage and networking) with the software part (operating system, hypervisor, virtual network functions, etc.). This combination offers a simple and complete solution ready to be used at any time.
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Benefits of a hyperconverged infrastructure
Some advantages of implementing HMI are:
It facilitates management
They provide a simpler and more user-friendly interface for users.
Companies that do not have the resources to hire specific staff to optimize IT systems find the solution in hyperconverged systems, which are delivered in pre-defined packages and, once purchased, simply can be installed and run on the system.
Hyperconvergence is a technology platform that combines storage, computing and networking in one system.
Increased scalability and flexibility
The structure of the block makes it easy to scale. We only have to add a new server or node to the cluster according to our needs.
it offers simplicity and flexibility: Storage systems, servers, and network switches are designed to be managed as one.
Resources and profitability
Infrastructure costs are reduced, as are the space and initial investment of a new public or private cloud. The need for specialized personnel is also decreasing, as are the associated costs.
We may also save on other resources, depending on the supplier we choose, such as data center space, avoidance of software license fees or support or disaster recovery tools.
Implementation of hyperconvergence
HCI has benefits for any business, but SMEs are the most benefit-sensitive organizations of HCI.
These companies typically have branch offices across multiple geographies and typically have limited budgets for IT resources. Therefore, one of their main goals is to optimize their resources as much as possible.
An HCI fabric can involve everything from infrastructure servers, file servers, application servers, database servers, and whatever else the business needs to run. These environments can support a wide variety of workloads facilitate and centralize the operation of the company.
Databases are what make the business system work: online shops and in-store point-of-sale systems, customer management tools, or enterprise resource planning systems.
If the storage is poor, it will decrease performance and have a direct or indirect impact on the company’s revenue.
By HCI it’s easier to expand your storage which can also include more powerful database applications such as flash storage.
With easily scalable storage, HCI can guarantee sufficient capacity to allow data protection services.
They can also provide comprehensive disaster recovery services or activate a robust data protection ecosystem.
There is a lot of information about file servers, some of which is very business-relevant, and IT needs to make sure that these resources are backed up and protected.
The scalability of HCI allows the company to add new nodes without having to create separate file servers.
Testing and development
At a time when those who have the best digital infrastructure winning, having a good team of developers is key. Businesses need equipment that is profitable and capable of scaling development workloads.
HCI provides a programmable environment in which they can directly integrate development workflows alongside corporate infrastructure, allowing them to accelerate their improvement efforts.
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Choose the right supplier
There is a wide range of providers out there, which is why it is important to choose the right one for you. There are two important factors in making this choice:
Degree of hyperconvergence
There are different solutions, from the most basic, which can consolidate the IT structure of about 4 levels in one, to the most complete which include 10 or even 50 levels in a single structure. We will need to know what our needs are in order to know what type of solution to implement.
Hardware and / or software device
What truly constitutes a hyperconverged unit is the HCI hardware + software union.
Some companies offer hyperconverged solutions but only develop their own software, which they then install on another vendor’s hardware. However, it is more interesting to find a vendor who is developing their own hardware and software at the same time. This ensures that the whole system is optimized and will be more efficient. Also, if a bug does arise, it is easier to have it fixed by one company instead of two different developers.
The future of hyperconverged infrastructure
Hyperconvergence is growing in popularity as businesses are increasingly drawn to systems that facilitate management, optimize deployment of new workloads, and reduce infrastructure costs.
It is estimated that approximately 20% Business-critical applications have already been deployed this year, from the three-tier IT fabric to hyperconverged infrastructure. This trend is expected to continue to grow and gradually increase levels in all companies across all industries.