3 tangible benefits hyperconverged infrastructure brings to your business

Introduction

A long time ago, building an IT infrastructure was quite of a challenge, and there were certain reasons for that. You had to get storage, networking equipment, and compute resources (to put it generally) all separate. Each component required its own management tools and a crowd of engineers and system administrators to run all that architecture, turning the IT department into the entire new company working not to help you achieve your business goals but rather to maintain itself. Such infrastructure is way too complex and rigid, turning the process of accommodation to business changes in a real nightmare. That’s, basically, what a “traditional” IT infrastructure is.

Converged infrastructure helped out by delivering a set of separate servers, storage systems, and network switching tested for better compatibility. However, you still have to manage those components independently, the hardware footprint is quite large, and scaling is still a problem.

And here comes the hyperconverged infrastructure or HCI, to put it simply. A single box with storage, compute, and networking inside – all united under a single management umbrella. The hardware footprint is significantly lower, scaling becomes a piece of cake, and you don’t need a hundred of engineers to manage and maintain your IT infrastructure. While due to a wide spreading of the “hyperconvergence” term, which makes it seem like a buzzword for someone and question its real advantages, let’s try to look at the real benefits hyperconvergence brings to your business.

Focus on your business, not IT infrastructure

Suppose you need to roll out a new application or service. With HCI, you can simply focus on your VM and its characteristics rather than dealing with storage, compute and networking separately. Basically, the HCI does the rest for you – you just set the required VM configuration, and the infrastructure provides the resources. As a result, the time to roll out a new application or service decreases significantly comparing to traditional or converged infrastructure.

Maintenance is a process that every IT infrastructure encounters. However, if you work with this HCI, things are much more simple since you can easily put one of the nodes into maintenance, upgrade the software, or fix some issues, turn it back on, and you’re good to go. So, you don’t interrupt the production, and all your applications are still running.

Higher uptime for your applications

Nowadays, businesses of various sizes highly depend on their IT infrastructure since that’s what exactly powers their applications and services, and as a result – profit. So, having your applications always up and running, or at least recovering them in the shortest possible terms, is of crucial importance. Hyperconverged solutions effectively deal with this goal since they already come with comprehensive backup and recovery capabilities included, allowing to meet even the strictest Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) requirements.

One of such features available in hyperconverged solutions is synchronous replication. It’s a perfect fit for high-end transactional applications that need instant failover if the primary node fails. As a result, your data always remains available and safe from any outage.

Fast deployment and simple sizing

Imagine, you’re about to open a new branch office. Deploying the IT infrastructure may be of a challenge if you have to get storage nodes, compute nodes, and networking equipment separately, then trying to make it all work fine together. On the other hand, you can buy an HCI solution with all the necessary resources already preconfigured and managed from a single interface. Where is the profit here? Well, the deployment is basically measured by the time required to deliver the HCI appliance. No need to hire a team of system administrators to manage all that stuff since hyper-converged systems are designed to be self-contained and remotely managed.

Furthermore, when it comes to scaling, it’s much easier with HCI since you can not only scale up by adding more disks, memory, or CPUs but also scale out by adding cluster nodes. Thus, hyperconverged solutions have a much smaller step size, reducing costs for infrastructure sizing.

Apart from being widely promoted as a panacea to all pains, hyperconvergence has real pros to offer for your business. You spend minimum efforts and time on managing such infrastructures and make them work for you, not vice versa. Applications uptime increases since hyperconverged appliances already come with decent backup and recovery functionality. And finally, flexible scaling options make hyperconverged solutions a perfect choice when opening a new remote office or sizing your existing infrastructure.

 

 

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