Managed IT

What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure?

Written by Victoria Wilson
Hyper converged infrastructure Dell

The current status for many businesses...

In a legacy IT infrastructure, servers, storage networks and server arrays are all separate from each other, taking up space and resources. Over time, this can limit your ability to quickly provision new servers and scale without worrying about storage and compute resources.

Traditional infrastructures post three major challenges for modern businesses:

1) They eat up your time with troubleshooting 

This is particularly true if each data array requires its own modifications and monitoring.

2) They monopolise your IT budget

By the 5th year of operations, the expenses of maintaining and supporting a server increase by approximately 148%! They also rapidly decline in performance and reliability.

3) They are inflexible

A dramatic shift towards containerisation has highlighted the inability of legacy IT to meet future needs, costing businesses far too much in the long run.

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has risen to address these problems with legacy hardware.
Hyperconverged infrastructure combines all of that data centre hardware using intelligent software to create flexible building blocks for the modern IT network.

A hyperconverged platform integrates 4 key software components in your network: storage virtualisation, compute virtualisation, and networking virtualisation, operated through a single management interface.

Top 3 reasons why organisations choose HCI solutions:

1) Reduce network complexity 

HCI accelerates your ability to provision new application resources and add nodes onto existing clusters without taking your network offline. It increases your power to scale, but simplifies your infrastructure set-up through central monitoring and management.

Manual tasks like configuration and management of each individual server are reduced as mixed workloads can be managed on a single cluster.

2) Monitor and control costs 

HCI relies on software, making it hardware-agnostic and ideal for integration with any existing investments you've made. It also is simple to scale incrementally, so you no longer need to estimate your future usage and be beholden to that estimate for your capacity and power.

Additionally, businesses can save over time by reducing infrastructure components and ongoing licensing costs.

3) Future-proof and achieve a hybrid cloud environment 

A hyper-converged system allows your business to adapt to the future requirements and expectations of your customers, whilst staying within your IT budget. 

A hybrid cloud approach provides seamless integration and a common operating platform across on-premises infrastructure and the public cloud. Businesses who are still working with outdated or ageing infrastructure will encounter significant hurdles to achieve a hybrid cloud model.

With HCI, you'll be able to deliver capacity, consolidate or migrate your on-premises infrastructure, or develop and test new apps all on a single model. This flexibility offers you the freedom to choose the best environment or destination for your applications, whether on or off premises.

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