5 reasons more businesses are turning to hyper-convergence

Hyper-convergence is your data centre in a box, an all-inclusive hardware and software package to manage your business.

Hyper-convergence is your data centre in a box, an all-inclusive hardware and software package to manage your business.

It has rapidly gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to the traditional three-tier data centre architecture because it reduces costs and complexity while increasing scalability.

Hyper-convergence combines storage, computing and networking into a single system which is decoupled from the underlying infrastructure to run on a common set of physical resources, generally based on industry-standard x86 components.

Also referred to as hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), it uses automation to handle a lot of the daily tasks typically associated with managing and maintaining virtualisation infrastructure, make it easier to deploy, manage and grow IT systems while freeing up valuable resources to work on other tasks and projects.

HCI eliminates many of the potential headaches that come with traditional DIY virtualisation solutions, and can resolve several datacentre pain points at once.

By 2023, 70 per cent of enterprises will be running some form of HCI, up from less than 30 per cent in 2019, according to Gartner. But HCI is not only for large organisations, and is increasingly being taken up by smaller businesses too because of its numerous advantages, including:

  1. Lower capex bills

HCI has a lower cost of entry than legacy infrastructure or integrated systems.

The economic model it relies on is similar to that of public cloud providers, allowing business to avoid large infrastructure upgrades every few years. Instead it uses low-cost commodity hardware which can be scaled up in small, easy-to-manage increments.

This also eliminates the need to overprovision in order to ensure there is sufficient capacity for future growth. and it decreases the cost of entry, since businesses only need to pay for what they actually require today, not what they may need five years from now.

  1. More efficient IT departments

When legacy datacentre hardware is folded into an HCI system, IT staffing needs change. Virtual machines are the basic building blocks of the environment, and IT staff need only enough broad knowledge to apply infrastructure resources to meet individual application needs.

Instead of requiring separate network, virtual machine and storage administrators, it’s now possible to have a single infrastructure generalist in charge of managing all three.

Because HCI software runs the policies that manage functions such as storage, backup and load balancing, IT administrators are freed up to think and plan on a much higher level.

  1. Simplified procurement and support

Reduced complexity results in saved time and lower operational costs.

HCI means a single-vendor approach to procurement, operations and support, and customers are generally given one point of contact for all issues.

Upgrades are much quicker and simpler, as there is only one manufacturer to deal with and only one upgrade to be done. And when software updates with new features are released, customers get the benefits of these immediately.

  1. Enhanced data protection

HCI gives businesses the ability to easily restore their data, because backup and disaster recovery functionality is built into the infrastructure. And the use of commodity hardware means failure avoidance/availability options are relatively affordable.

This is in contrast to a traditional datacentre, where comprehensive data protection requires a lot of planning and often the purchase of a wide range of products.

  1. Better performance

HCI enables businesses to deploy many kinds of applications and workloads in a single shared resource pool without worrying about reduced performance.

HCI systems include both solid-state storage and spinning drives in each appliance, enabling them to handle both random and sequential workloads easily.

A single appliance might have multiple terabytes of each kind of storage installed. There is plenty of both kinds of storage to go around, because multiple appliances are used to achieve full redundancy and data protection.

Hyperconvergence is winning over large and small organisations because of its potential to simplify IT management, streamline the deployment of new workloads and reduce infrastructure costs. Chat with EMPR Solutions today to learn more about what it could do for your business. 

 

 

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