Hyperconvergence: Benefits on Thinking Inside the Box
Posted April 2, 2018 by Joel Grace
As problem-solvers, we like to think outside the box at Sayers. Sometimes, however, the best solution is inside the box. Hyperconvergence is one of those situations where you shouldn’t ignore the box, because the answer is there. A hyperconverged IT platform presents the hardware and software to drive your data center. You don’t need to piece together your legacy servers and then spend countless hours making the software work with this patchwork server quilt. That approach is a short-term one and will likely cost you more in IT time as well as the data center’s integrity.
With a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), the software is already integrated into the hardware, enabling the deployment to occur in days, not weeks (or longer). You can drastically reduce the time and expense of individual teams building and maintaining servers, network, storage, and backup. Instead, your team builds the platform and then automate and optimize it from this solid foundation.
HCI delivers 5 important benefits to the key factors of your data center:
- DATA PROTECTION: Software-defined storage (SDS) aggregates your hard drives into one cluster, which provides a high level of redundancy. If one node fails, the data is protected and available in the cluster. This approach also enables you to secure your data onsite while reaping the cost advantage of a public cloud.
- DATA EFFICIENCY: Hyperconvergence reduces storage, bandwidth, and IOPS requirements. All-flash storage provides twice the performance of hybrid IT solutions, with half the latency, and at a lower cost.
- SCALABILITY: Easily expand the enterprise’s cloud network and services, plus add applications, storage, and VMs as needed, without compromising network performance.
- MANAGEABILITY: A hyperconverged infrastructure allows for centralized global management of environments, so you can easily direct your data center from one console.
- COST EFFICIENCY: The streamlined approach allows better utilization of IT management time with the increased performance, management, and scalability of HCI, and the savings of purchasing fewer devices. The efficiencies in time, management, and hardware consolidation contribute to a low total cost of ownership (TCO).
Your business relies on data. The workload volume and demand for accessibility will continue to grow, so you need to ensure you have the infrastructure to support these demands. If you’ve been relying on legacy solutions to rise up to the level of cloud deployment, you’ll face obstacles. An integrated platform allows you to keep your management on-premise but with a global reach. You will reduce costs, enable scalability, and provide greater protection and more agile data recovery.
Sayers can guide you through the broad range of opportunities and advantages you can leverage with hyperconvergence. Our training and ongoing support will guide you to the successful deployment of an effective hybrid IT solution.