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June 27, 2019  Like By 0 Comments

What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure?
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) combines storage, compute, and networking into a single system. This simplified solution uses software and x86 servers to replace expensive, purpose-built hardware. With hyperconverged infrastructure, you’ll decrease data centre complexity and increase scalability.

Servnet can help your organisation adopt HCI without losing control, increasing costs, or compromising security.

How Does Hyperconverged Infrastructure Work?

  • All critical data center functions run on a tightly integrated software layer, as opposed to purpose-built hardware.
  • Three software components make up a hyperconverged platform: storage virtualization, compute virtualization, and management.
  • The virtualization software abstracts and pools the underlying resources, then dynamically allocates them to applications running in VMs or containers.
  • Configuration is based on policies aligned with the applications, eliminating the need for complicated constructs like LUNs and volumes.
  • Advanced management features further reduce manual tasks and help automate entire operations.

6 Benefits of HCI

1. Lower Costs

Cost isn’t the only consideration when designing your IT solution, but it is important. Hyperconvergence uses an economic model similar to that of public cloud providers, avoiding large up-front costs and large infrastructure purchases every few years. Reduce your CAPEX by using a scale-up/scale-out architecture that requires only industry-standard x86 servers, not expensive, purpose-built networking. Then simply add capacity as needed with no disruptions.

It also decreases the cost of entry, since businesses only need to pay for what they actually need, not what they will need five years from now. Hyperconverged systems have a low cost of entry and a lower total cost of ownership compared with legacy infrastructure or integrated systems

2. Smaller, More Efficient IT Staff

Eliminate manual processes and the need for siloed operational expertise in your team. Now, a single, converged IT team can monitor and manage compute and storage resources, freeing up precious staff time. Rather than having specialist staff with deep subject matter knowledge for each separate resource area, hyperconvergence can give rise to infrastructure generalists.

In hyperconvergence, the most complex stuff is handled under the hood. IT staff need only to have enough broad knowledge to apply infrastructure resources to meet individual application needs.

Hyperconvergence management software uses virtual machines (VMs) as the most basic objects of the environment. All other resources — storage, backup, replication, load balancing, and so on — merely exist to support these VMs. The policies that manage these underlying resources are created and managed by the software, letting IT administrators think and plan on a much higher level.

3. Greater Gains Through Automation

Automation is a fundamental part of managing hyperconvergence. When all datacenter resources are truly combined and when centralized management tools are in place, administrative functionality includes scheduling opportunities as well as scripting options.

These are greatly streamlined compared to what is required in a traditional datacenter design, because IT personnel don’t need to worry about trying to create automated structures with hardware from different manufacturers or product lines.

Be more responsive to rapidly changing business needs. Set up hardware in a few hours; spin up workloads in minutes. Accelerate the performance of business-critical applications like relational databases.

4. Simplified Procurement and Support

Hyperconvergence provides a single-vendor approach to procurement, operations, and support. HCI is usually less expensive than integrated systems. It is also simpler, especially in the matter of upgrades.

In a hyperconverged system, there is only a single manufacturer and only one upgrade to be done. As the vendor adds new features in updated software releases, customers gain the benefits of those features immediately, without having to replace hardware. Reduced complexity in these processes translates directly to saved time and lower operational costs.

5. Increased Data Protection

Hyperconvergence software is designed to anticipate and handle the fact that hardware will eventually fail. This is why multiple appliances are necessary in the initial deployment to achieve full redundancy and data protection. The use of commodity hardware ensures that customers get the benefit of these failure avoidance/availability options without having to break the bank.

In a hyperconverged environment, backup, recovery, and disaster recovery are built in. They’re part of the infrastructure, not third-party afterthoughts to be integrated.

6. Improved Performance

Hyperconvergence enables organizations to deploy many kinds of applications and workloads in a single shared resource pool without worrying about reduced performance due to the IO blender effect.

Hyperconverged systems include both solid-state storage and spinning-disk in each appliance. The mix of storage enables systems to handle both random and sequential workloads easily.

In Summary

Hyper-converged Infrastructure represents the logical next step in the evolution of infrastructure convergence, it delivers simplification and savings by consolidating all required functionality into a single infrastructure stack running on an efficient, elastic pool of x86 resources. Incorporate your IT infrastructure into an integrated compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources. It also carries forward the benefits of convergence, including a single shared resource pool.

When you eliminate traditional IT silos and manage everything from a single tool, the result is lower OPEX and CAPEX associated with running your IT infrastructure. And with hyperconverged infrastructure, you don’t have to sacrifice security, flexibility, or scalability.

With so many HCI vendors and offerings available in the marketplace; and Servnet being vendor agnostic, we believe it is important to discuss the intricate IT needs of your organisation so that we can help plan and map the transition to a hyper-converged infrastructure.

Get in touch if you would like to further discuss how Servnet can help you on the path to a simplified solution.

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