If there are IT directors who have all the personnel and financial resources they need to do everything requested of them, we haven’t met them yet.
In fact, today’s IT teams are straining just to meet day-to-day business needs. In many cases, they’re hampered by traditional infrastructure architectures built with separated servers, storage and networking devices that cannot keep up with the efficiency, performance and scalability demands of the market and are time consuming to maintain and update.
In addition, significant trends in the industry continue to push IT teams with:
- The explosion of purpose-built devices
- The evolution of the software-defined data center (SDDC)
- Enterprise IT moving quickly to the cloud
- Converged infrastructure hitting the market
- Flash storage taking application performance to new levels
When you take all these industry trends together, it’s no wonder we’re moving quickly from converged infrastructure to a whole new level of efficiency, performance and affordability: hyperconverged networks.
Traditional converged infrastructure is the practice of taking separate compute, storage, network, server virtualization and other devices and bundling them for convenience. Hyperconverged infrastructure combines all these functions in one box equipped with innovative software.
IT professionals have been clamoring for a data center architecture that embraces cloud and economies of scale while being managed via software. Thus the hyperconverged infrastructure solutions of today include compute, networking, storage and server virtualization, and some other elements like backup software, snapshot capability, data deduplication, in-line compression and WAN optimization. And best of all, the entire system can be monitored and managed with a single pane of glass.
The Benefits of Hyperconvergence
- Data efficiency — Reduces storage, bandwidth and IOPS requirements.
- Scalability — Easy to scale out/in resources as needed.
- Virtualization centric — A focus on the virtual machine (VM) or workload as the cornerstone of enterprise IT, with all supporting constructs revolving around individual VMs.
- Data protection — Easier restoration of data in the event of loss or corruption.
- VM mobility — Greater application/workload mobility.
- High availability — Higher levels of availability than possible in legacy systems.
- Cost efficiency — A sustainable step-based economic model that eliminates waste.
How to Make Hyperconverged Work for You
A hyperconverged solution enables cloud-like economies of scale without compromising performance, reliability and availability. Best of all, you can upgrade to a hyperconverged environment without replacing your current infrastructure. You can take a step-by-step approach and enjoy these benefits right away:
- Consolidation — Hyperconvergence is ideal for consolidating or building a new data center. Today’s hyperconvergence solutions integrate seamlessly with your environment and show immediate results.
- Updating technology — Hyperconvergence can be integrated into an existing environment while the older hardware is phased out of production, as resources allow. It may be initially only necessary for high-performance applications while less critical applications remain on the older infrastructure.
- New high-performance application demands — If your environment is growing with new tier-1 applications that require a robust infrastructure, rather than expand your aging equipment, you can bring in a hyperconverged solution to run those new, higher-demand applications.
- Virtual desktop initiatives — Hyperconverged infrastructure allows you to deploy VDI initiatives quickly and easily since compute and storage is in a single appliance.
- Remote sites — Hyperconverged solutions are managed as one integrated system, enabling remote resource management via centralized administrative resources.
- Backup and disaster recovery — Hyperconverged solutions simplify the process to backup and recover data in the event of a loss.
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At OneNeck, we work with the leading hyperconverged appliance companies and know the strengths and weaknesses of each. We combine that knowledge with our business expertise to help you assess your goals – whether it be reducing cost and complexity, increasing performance and efficiency, or merely trying to simplify your infrastructure – and then make recommendations that are customized to your business. So when you’re ready to simplify the complexities of traditional IT infrastructure, we’re ready talk hyperconverged.