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The Hype Around Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

APRIL 18, 2018

When it comes to emerging trends in the realm of data and technology, hyper-converged infrastructure is a hot topic. A software-centric approach to IT infrastructure, this particular advancement is disrupting the traditional approach that’s been widely accepted for so long, and for good reason. Not only does it boost potential for ROI, it promotes cost saving benefits, more secure data protection, improved scalability and simplified management altogether. This solution combines the capabilities of private and hybrid cloud environments in an effort to introduce new means of productivity for the industry. It’s also guiding enterprises in staying on track with the ever-evolving demands of their respective economies.

1.) HCI operates as a software-defined storage, better known as an SDS technology. This means the approach “aggregates all existing hard drives within a cluster” to produce a single hard drive with readily available, “highly redundant storage capacity pool.” Overall, the approach works to improve efficiency. It creates a new way to augment progress even if a disk or node becomes unavailable. Workloads can continue to run independent of the unavailable nodes without being effected, slowed or disrupted. Other benefits of HCI include greater availability on the server, improved performance and storage scalability.

2.) HCI eliminates deployment time to create more efficient opportunities for users to launch new cloud services. Arthur Cole, a writer for IT Business Edge, shares, “Working together, the cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure can help realice the dream of an abstract data environment that can scale on demand and dynamically adjust itself to provide a continuously low-resource profile without sacrificing performance levels or centralized control.”

3.) The cost factor is another element of HCI that makes it so appealing. It positions itself as a top-tier solution that drives performance while simultaneously reducing TCO. Drew Robb of Enterprise Storage Forum notes, “The disruption being caused by hyperconvergence is due to its ability to reduce costs as well as complexity, hence its initial penetration at the lower end of the market. This has caused many small and mid-sized organizations to abandon typical storage area network (SAN) and network attached storage (NAS) models in favor of a more streamlined and less expensive approach.”

4.) Because HCI embodies such a “future-forward” technological approach, it plays a critical role in giving organizations guidance on how to modernize the development and deployment of new applications.

5.) In addition to the short-term benefits, HCI opens the door for long-term benefits as well. For instance, it acts as an advocate for growth by equipping enterprises with a more intentional, more efficient strategy that optimizes the use of flexible infrastructure and data centers. Founder of ZK Research, Zeus Kerravala shares his perspective on HCI: “One of the operational challenges of data centers is having to cobble together the right mixture of servers, storage, and networks to support demanding applications. Then, once the infrastructure is deployed, IT operations needs to figure out how to scale up quickly without disrupting the application.” With HCI, it’s easier to add nodes and scale to meet new demands.