Next Generation Hyper Converged Infrastructure

By CIOReview | Friday, July 7, 2017
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To rule out IT expenses and complexities, IT companies are implementing Hyper Converged Infrastructure. With the convergence of simplifying IT administration and centralizing technology, enterprises are able to reduce CAPEX and OPEX to improve efficiency and accelerate growth.

Next Generation Infrastructure

Hyper Converged infrastructure helps in eradicating IT spread out, simplifying operations, and protecting data. But with varying needs of IT companies, Hyper Converged Infrastructure may vary too. Outlined below are some Hyper Convergence characteristics:

  • Software-Defined: Hyper Converged infrastructure meets all the requirements of a software-defined data center, with better automation and agility.
  • Hyper-efficient usage of resources: Works efficiently on minimum I/O disk, network overloads, free up CPU space for applications.
  • Built-in data protection: Improved speed of data transfer, data protection solutions, and WAN optimization.
  • Ease of scale: Minimizes upfront investments and aligns expenses according to business expenses.

To understand why Hyper Converged Infrastructure is selling like hot cakes, we have to look into the trends that are driving the need for it. IT companies are realizing the need to provision their resources instantly with more and more applications to be built that best suit the needs of the company. Software-defined storages deliver greater accuracy and efficiency with great data volume storage.

How Companies Use it?

Hyper Converged Infrastructure is used mainly to deploy workloads, virtual desktops, to run analytics, and workloads of remote offices. A few IT companies use Hyper Converged Infrastructure to run some mission-critical applications that are sensitive in nature as well as require server virtualization. In few examples, Hyper Converged infrastructure fulfills the need of hybrid or private clouds or of agile environments that support speedy software cycles.

Includes Hypervisors

Hyper Converged systems mainly include hypervisors along with storages and serves for virtualized environments.  The most popular use case is virtual desktop infrastructure, because it fits well for remote offices and saves the buying cost of separate machines. Hyper Converged Systems are comparatively easy to install and maintain, that is why IT companies prefer hyper converged systems to serve as the purpose of primary storage of data for certain applications.

However, use of more hypervisors will drive the need for more virtual storages over a period of time. Hyper Converged products are trying to help the huge storages with virtualization for servers. On the other hand, Hyper Converged systems can sometimes be difficult to maintain, complicated in functioning, and can be very labor-intensive in the beginning. The administrator whenever requires to get the solution of the problem, it may be very difficult to map out the actual problem. So the administrator may consider virtualization that is in sync with a traditional storage system.

It is only an Approach

While adopting Hyper Converged Infrastructure, IT companies need to keep in mind that it is only an approach to eliminate the operational complexities and not the ultimate solution to the problems. It cannot be used as the last resort to solve the problems, because only a distinct solution to a distinct problem can be resourceful and long lasting.

Hyper Converged Infrastructure may ensure simplicity and flexibility but since all enterprises hold different IT needs for their companies, the definition of simplicity and flexibility may vary from businesses to businesses.  A wise decision would be to support the needs of the operations in time with what is the best solution for the complexities of an IT department.