How to achieve IT simplicity, scalability, ease of deployment, and set the stage for IT transformation – all in one solution.
Every IT team faces challenges that require change: controlling costs. accelerating time to value, increasing agility, reducing complexity, improving performance. ensuring security, dealing with exponential data growth, and compliance within a growing regulatory burden.
Also, IT must enable the shift to transformative technologies underpinning cloud computing, big data analytics, loT, increased mobility, Al and workforce transformation.
Legacy data centre infrastructures modelled on separate silos for computing. networking and storage can’t meet the litany of interconnected demands these challenges and opportunities present. Most CIOs and CTOs already recognise the need to embrace new data centre technologies, deployment models and ways of doing business. That’s why organisations are rapidly shifting to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).
What is HCI?
Hyper-converged infrastructure consolidates all the main functions of a data centre into an appliance that Is easy . deploy, manage and scale. By combining computing, networking and storage functions into a single resource pool, infrastructure efficiency and performance are increased. Organisations also gain the ability to deploy and manage data centre technologies without high levels of expertise.
HCI reduces the compatibility issues and complexities inherent in traditional data centre technologies. An evolution of converged infrastructures where computing, storage and networking are consolidated in hardware appliances, Hyperconverged Infrastructure adds software control. Instead of delivering server functions through hardware. HCI does it through software.
Resources are purely software-defined, meaning operations don’t have to depend on proprietary hardware for execution. For example. when storage is software-defined. it isn’t dependent on traditional storage hardware like SAN or NAS.
Hyper-convergence technology offers flexibility and economics similar to a cloud-based infrastructure, but without compromising performance, reliability, or availability. IT teams can add building blocks to the data centre as business and computing demands require. instead of purchasing different components or starting a new procurement process every year.
HCI offers a wide range of benefits. Integrating the hardware and software functions of a data centre creates a responsive, unified, and scalable infrastructure. This lowers the deployment costs and the resource needed to manage infrastructure. and reduces the complexities of adding resources and new technologies.
The benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure
HCI combines key data centre server capabilities in a single piece of hardware. creating a pool of computing resources management by intelligent software inside the device. Capabilities include standard x86 networking, server and storage resources – all in one easy to manage, highly-scalable appliance. The HCI approach eliminates the need for separate servers, storage arrays and storage networks, addressing common data centre management issues like:
In a traditional data centre, different IT experts are needed to manage specialties like storage, system administration, networking, and software. In a hyperconverged environment, all of those resources are consolidated, and management of each one can be undertaken from a single console. Running Hyperconverged Infrastructure also reduces the number of staff needed to manage infrastructure and doesn’t require advanced IT skills.
HCI also improves scalability, In a traditional data centre, scaling up requires the purchase and manual configuration of individual hardware products, usually from a range of vendors. The process is time-consuming, often needs complex configurations, and can throw up issues with compatibility.
Scaling in an HCI environment is faster and easier. While IT transformation will still need to add physical nodes to scale up, the management software in HCI devices configures any additional resources automatically.
The best hyper-convergence vendors are system agnostic, helping avoid compatibility and integration issues by pre-testing and A verifying that their hardware appliances work with existing technology investments.