Advancements in hyper-convergence technology have enabled businesses to access faster deployment at a lower cost to bring optimized IT team productivity.
Hyper-convergence was once a niche methodology only for firms with highly specialised needs such as management streamlining for smaller officers. But over recent years, many organisations have seen the value of shifting to hyper-converged data centres.
They share similarities with converged systems – both are highly integrated and virtualization solutions, but the latter generally incorporates vendors’ hardware components optimized for specific applications and workloads. Hyper-converged solutions, meanwhile, are clusters that work off commodity components to facilitate software-defined environments.
Below are four areas in which businesses stand to benefit from embracing the hyper-converged infrastructure:
The IT infrastructure can be much easier to manage through hyper-convergence, as it consolidates functionality into a single infrastructure stack which runs on a dynamic well of processing resources which, in turn, maximises efficiency.
This leads into a software-defined data centre featuring seamlessly integrated computing, storage, networking and virtualisation holdings. In a converged infrastructure these resources are dealt with by a subtle component which only caters to a single purpose; hyper-convergence takes out this element of management, enabling IT staff to dedicate their efforts to operating applications.
Greater efficiencies and innovation
Over recent years, businesses have got by through cobbling together IT infrastructures, but these can become something of a monstrosity.
Hyper-convergence provides a sleeker, smarter alternative that gives faster deployment while enabling lower capital expenditure and lower operational expenses. The technology also handrails organisations into evaluating increasingly powerful, efficient and cost-saving technologies.
If a business wants to test-run or deploy a virtual desktop infrastructure or software-defined private clouds, hyper-convergence systems are the perfect way to get up and running in the shortest time possible, with minimal added pressure on IT specialists and wider resources.
The benefits are particularly tangible for medium-sized companies that may not have the human resources or expertise to create a ground-up solution.
Scale-out and growing workloads
Scale-out workloads are suited to hyper-convergence because it is a scale-out platform. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a typical scale-out workload, potentially taking thousands of desktop virtual machines, each of which is small load while the total VDI load is big.
The hyper-converged data centre can also bring benefits to some database workloads and web server farms; the scale-out platform offers sustained performance for applications engineered to expand in this way.
Hyper-convergence also allows for new nodes to be added to the data center to increase capacity over time. Organisations that have a phased roll out or which find demand on IT resources are growing over time can use hyper-convergence to buy extra capacity as the workload increases; infrastructure spending can be aligned to value being delivered by the expanding workload.
It is often the case that firms will buy and replace virtualization platforms in their entirety. Such an event offers the perfect time to look into hyper-converged products for the next infrastructure.
Deploying a hyper-converged data centre is likely to mean future hardware refreshers can take place in more simple and efficient way than replacing virtualisation platforms in bulk. Hyper-convergence typically permits node-by-node replacement to modernise a cluster, so large outages and long VM migrations will not hinder the implementation of a new infrastructure.
Know your needs
Hyper-convergence can get companies operating far more quickly. The technology enables a more linear and predictable IT expansion that pushes costs down while inspiring management systems to streamline naturally.
The best providers will strive to help IT managers add to the work they have already done towards virtualization with a platform that will enable your team to manage mixed environments through one screen.