Hyperconvergence is thriving. Forecasts predict that in the next three years almost three quarters of businesses will be working with some degree of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). In 2019 this figure was only 30%. If your organisation is looking for opportunities to be more agile and efficient and better manage compute, network and storage capacity then there are some very good reasons to consider hyperconvergence.
- Streamlined data centre architectures and operations. HCI moves away from a traditional approach to infrastructure that is built around individual server tiers and storage silos and fuses this instead, making it easier to provision new infrastructure and handle data and applications.
- No specialists required. Legacy technology infrastructure tends to require specialist expertise in three areas - compute, storage, and networking. HCI makes the maintenance of infrastructure a much easier task to maintain and one that can be handled by tech generalists rather than requiring individual experts, each of which comes at a price.
- Quick and easy growth solutions. Compute, network and storage can all be combined in one single location with hyperconvergence and this can be scaled quickly and easily without the need for a lot of downtime to accommodate the growth and change. Everything involved in this with hyperconvergence is software defined whereas a legacy approach requires individual installation and configuration every time a shift is needed.
- Facilitating better use of the cloud. Particularly for organisations where a hybrid cloud has become a priority hyperconvergence is worth considering. It enables public cloud to be combined with apps in an individual data centre and the software is deployed the same way in both.
- Minimising hardware. Due to the fact that hyperconvergence allows for quick and easy growth it enables businesses to start small where hardware is concerned. Hardware need can be streamlined to only what is required, reducing footprint and saving on cost.
- A disaster recovery upgrade. The use of HCI provides a single dashboard from which to manage disaster recovery and a way to monitor both on-premise and cloud-based resources. HCI products tend to offer an upgrade on legacy systems when it comes to backup, recovery, data protection, and data deduplication and also specifically reduce the time involved in each function. Backups can be done instantly and disaster recovery timeframes are reduced.
- Optimising analytics. Analytics increasingly have a role to play when it comes to monitoring workloads and identifying areas where there are blockages or constraints. HCI products simplify the process of analysing data and make it easy to highlight problems such as workloads running out of memory and excessive CPU queuing.
- Reducing time spent. Maximising human resources is a crucial part of optimising the way technology is being used within the business. HCI products provide opportunities to reduce time spent dealing with problems such as storage issues so that value can be added elsewhere.
HCI is fast catching on as an alternative to slow and lumbering legacy systems. These are just some of the reasons why it might be time to consider hyperconvergence.
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