Hyperconverged infrastructure(HCI) converges storage, networking, and computing into a single system, decreasing data center complexity while enhancing scalability. The systems are typically built from off-the-shelf servers, standalone, or network nodes. Multiple nodes can be clustered together to provide shared pools of computing and storage resources optimized for resource usage. For example, it enables you to cluster numerous nodes to create shared storage and computing resources pools.

Compared to typical business storage infrastructure, hyper-converged infrastructure can be customized for flexibility and manageability while retaining control over your hardware.  It can enable infrastructure agility without giving up control of your hardware. Enterprises are rapidly moving to the cloud as the technological landscape evolves faster than ever before. HCI enables cloud-like agility, scalability to expand resources as you go while keeping control of the infrastructure on-premise. Most HCI solutions also provide a way to expand into a Hybrid-Cloud model giving IT organizations the best of both worlds. As the workload demands increase, organizations recognize the need to expand their systems by adding nodes. This requires a software-defined storage solution that aggregates storage and computes performance across servers and nodes.

Organizations are modernizing and optimizing their infrastructure using rather than maintaining silos of servers, storage, and virtualization. 

Top 10 Reasons Why Enterprises need hyper-converged infrastructure

  • Simplified yet powerful design

Even though hyper-converged infrastructure is not cloud-based, it is well-suited for the cloud era. It provides a flexible and straightforward foundation. Hyperconverged infrastructure reduces silos and other development roadblocks. It enables IT to provision resources rapidly like in the cloud and empowers their business users to deploy products and services faster. Fast provisioning is a key driver in today’s “you snooze you lose” fast-paced economy. 

  • Scalability

In addition to consolidating workloads into a smaller footprint, HCI also provides high-performance storage. With basic storage nodes, you can add resources like CPU and memory. This is especially useful in multi-tenancy situations, where test, DevOps, and quality assurance teams have their own systems. You can keep your multi-tenancy environments small while removing barriers as you scale using HCI.

  • Ease of implementing hybrid systems

Virtualized computing and networking are combined with software-defined storage in hyperconverged infrastructure. This allows for standardization of software deployment, whether in the cloud or the data center, allowing IT teams to quickly develop on-premise apps and incorporate public cloud services. HCI is the answer for any organization that wishes to maintain control over certain critical infrastructure and data while also wanting the flexibility to stretch into the Cloud for less critical applications and secondary data or second copies of data such as backup and archives. 

  • Simplified management

In the traditional model, IT needs to manage disparate components separately. Often multiple vendors and brands are involved. This hodgepodge of systems is costly to manage and requires specialized staff for each silo of infrastructure. A hyperconverged architecture simplifies IT so a large number of HCI nodes can be managed will less staff as Cloud providers do. 

Administrators can manage from a single pane of glass, faster deploy products and services provide greatly reducing complexity and freeing staff for more productive activities. 

  • Reliability

HCI’s built-in multi-node architecture ensures a highly dependable system. The architecture is built with fault tolerance and disaster recovery in mind. Other features include self-healing to detect and resolve problems automatically. Admins can add or remove nodes without disrupting workloads.

  • Improved performance

Workload performance can be improved with hyperconverged infrastructure. Even while running different applications, HCI can handle a wide range of workloads. Performance can be improved by adding more compute as necessary or more IOPS by adding storage nodes as the case may be without the need for major hardware upgrades. 

  • Efficient data storage and protection

HCI has built-in security and data protection mechanisms such as snapshots and the ability to replicate them across geographies. 

Because HCI is software-centric, it allows businesses to perform regular backups using public cloud storage. Data is dispersed among numerous nodes so hardware failure will not impact the entire system thus promoting high availability. 

  • Automated Infrastructure

Most sophisticated IT systems require knowledgeable admins to run them. Automation is limited. HCI is fully automated and easy to operate using centralized management tools. 

  • Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning, neural networks, and speech recognition are all affected by the same dynamic. Massive computational capabilities are required for these technologies, which are prohibitively expensive to deploy in a traditional sense but can be handled using hyper converged infrastructure.

  • Lower Costs

Most businesses employ hyper-converged infrastructure because it lowers the cost of operating workloads over their entire life cycle. It can pool hardware resources and make efficient use of resources as opposed to the underutilization and just-in-case capacity provisioning that is characteristic of monolithic systems. Furthermore, the consolidation also lowers power and cooling requirements.

Because hyperconverged infrastructure may be built with commodity hardware, costs associated with deploying specialized servers, storage, or network components can be avoided. At the same time, organizations have a choice of hardware vendors to choose from depending on their budgets, internal purchasing standards, and the comfort level of existing staff. 

Conclusion

As technology matures, the rate of HCI adoption is projected to rise sharply. HCI is seen as a private cloud that organizations can own, manage, and leverage public cloud services. It is viewed as the best-of-both-world solution for those organizations who want to emulate the cloud while retaining control of their infrastructure. For larger organizations with in-house skills and concerns over data sovereignty, latency, and long-term costs, HCI proves to be a good option.  It is a way for organizations to build a secure, modern infrastructure that they can scale on-demand with no downtime. 

Contact ISIT IT Solutions to learn if HCI would be the right fit for you.