A lot has changed in the Information technology landscape within the past few years. Businesses continually expect faster service and increased efficiency. The industry has observed increasing trends of software-defined data centers, cloud computing, converged infrastructure and much more. But the one trend that has hit the market really hard is Hyperconvergence. It has really lived up to the hype around it.
The architecture of a Hyperconverged infrastructure is based on virtualization through software that consolidates different computational resources such as server compute, hypervisor, software-defined storage and networking. This consolidation on a software level helps simplify the complexity of the infrastructure and increases scalability, flexibility, agility and efficiency while significantly decreasing costs. Let’s walk through the various benefits of Hyperconvergence today’s businesses can reap.
Cost Savings and Efficiency
Cost is not the only consideration for an IT solution but it’s the definitely the most important one for most businesses. By using an economic model that resembles that of public cloud providers, Hyperconvergence helps businesses refrain from heavy investment on infrastructure purchases. In fact, Hyperconvergence can even be achieved with the help of low cost commodity hardware. The cost of entry is also minimal as businesses only need to pay for the IT units they actually need in the present, as opposed to acquiring and paying for units they’ll need a couple of years from now.
Improved Data Protection and Availability
What’s great about Hyperconvergence Infrastructures is that it offers more resilience and protection than traditional legacy systems. It is based on a scale-out model with data spread and distributed between nodes and different data centers. So even if one node goes down, the availability of data does not suffer. Built-in data protection features like snapshotting and data deduplication make system efforts for data recovery much easier. Since Hyperconverged structures are software-defined, businesses can make use of public cloud storage for backups and enjoy the benefits of more system up time.
Pay as you go workload Scalability and Mobility
Hyperconvergence provides greater mobility in workload. For example, to migrate your VM, you only need to migrate your RAM. In terms of scalability, whenever the business needs more modules for the expansion of its infrastructure, it can be done unit wise without worrying about substantial costs and time wastage. There won’t even be any component compatibility issues as it is independent of manufacturer dependency. Owing to all these reasons, businesses can start out small but eventually grow in to big business giants.
Automation and Data Efficiency
Hyperconverged infrastructure needs minimal management due to automation through a single tool set or console. Adding to this, data efficiency increases exponentially with the help of virtually shared storage space and unified storage units.
One Vendor Approach
Where in previous eras of IT, businesses had to procure their storage tech from one vendor and networking items from another, but now it’s not the case thanks to Hyperconverged Infrastructure. Since the Hypervisor functions as an umbrella for hardware management, you can lock in one vendor and treat it as the only point of contact. This also enhances the efficiency of the infrastructure lifecycle by simplifying the installation, management and maintenance of infrastructure.
Wrapping things up
Hyperconverged infrastructures work on the principles of virtualization and are a perfect response to the anticipation that it will eventually replace the need for hardware. HCI has enhanced value for businesses when it comes to decreasing CAPEX and OPEX and increasing performance, data protection and availability as well as efficiency.
If you’re looking to deploy HCI for your business, opt for hyper converged appliance. The StarWind HyperConverged Appliance significantly reduces the complexity and cost of virtualization solutions and enhances scalability and flexibility of the infrastructure. The solution will make use of minimal hardware footprint and the on-site IT team can install and deploy it in no time without putting any budget pressure on your business.