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5 Reasons You need a Hyperconvergence Infrastructure


Do you have problems with your current network diagrams? Is the infrastructure you use becoming really annoying? Then perhaps you need to consider switching to a Hyperconvergence Infrastructure (HCI). This makes use of just a single device to solve a large number of data centre issues. The HCI usually comes as a hardware storage box, which you can use along with other appliances. However, software versions have recently been made that can easily be  installed in an already existing hardware (which enables you to manage all your technologies within one system), via a particular device. You can also add more devices to the system.

Keep in mind that hyperconvergence is different from convergence, regardless the fact that the former was drafted from the latter. Converged infrastructure involves networking software and hardware, a server and a bundle of storage, which is pre-configured by the seller or provider; these all combine to make the management and compatibility of the systems a lot easier. These pre-configured bundles are made up of hardware items that are discrete, separate and have to be operated individually. However, for HCI, the components cannot be separated due to how integrated they are. This system features networking, storage and computing components, which work together to provide the solutions you need. To give you more insight, here are five main reasons you need the HCI.

Boosts Performance Through Automation

Usually, the input/output blender (IO blender) will affect the performance of storage systems. However, with HCI, you won't have to worry about that, as all the applications and devices share just one pool of resources. The spinning disk and solid state storage are all part of a single appliance in the HCI. They work together to handle any kind of workload - be it sequential or random. Each appliance has ample gigabytes or even terabytes for storage. This means having more than two appliances ensures sufficient storage; that data is protected; and there is full redundancy.

A connectivity expert at Discount Domains said that "The Input/output operation per second (i-ops) is usually enough in the hyperconverged cluster (thanks to the solid state storage devices) to provide support to any kind of workload, no matter how intensive - be it login storms or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure boot (VDI boot)". He also added that instead of your IT department trying to meet input and output needs for every application by creating resource islands, they can just focus on the application itself, while "the HCI takes care of any assignments on the i-ops, RAM or CPU."

In short, HCI makes automation simpler. When the management tool and resources from your data centre are all synchronised, scripting, scheduling and other administrative functions are easily taken care of. Your IT department won't need to use different hardware from varying manufacturers to create automated systems as it's done in a traditional data centre .

Support, Procurement and Operations are Simplified

Support, procurement and operations are simplified in a HCI. From the point of enquiry to system stand down, those patronising your services get a point of contact for the system's whole life. This is similar to integrated systems, but a lot cheaper. When it comes to making an upgrade, you won't have to go through lots of processes. The HCI vendor can help carry out the upgrade of a system once, without upgrading different parts or devices one after the other. Furthermore, customers won't have to wait for each appliance to step up. A software update on the system provides the necessary benefits to consumers, immediately after it's completed. So, the factors to consider when designing your website should also include hyperconvergence plans. There are no complexities, so you are saving time and not going above your budget for cost of operation.

Saves you Operational Costs

When designing a solution for your IT issues, one of the major things to consider is the cost of operation. You may want to build a really fast data centre with top notch staff manning the operations and a truckload of software to speed things up. However, if it takes a huge chunk of money from your budget, then you aren't doing something right. HCI is developed in a way that you'll save on what cloud hosting providers charge; you won't need to buy infrastructure monthly or annually; and you won't spend a lot on collecting and processing data. Instead, you'll easily scale the data centre and purchase cheaper hardware with which to work.

A HCI is made in a way that can be expanded to allow more units to be added, when necessary. This means you won't need to buy new hardware often; hence, you'll tend to manage resources more efficiently. You also won't need to create space to accommodate new appliances. Funds can be allocated to other core operations other than IT alone. So, if you're a small business, you won't need to worry about buying equipment that you intend to use in six years or a decade to come. You can focus on the cost of entry, which is cheaper in hyperconverged systems. You can simply pay for what you need at a given time. Once your staff are trained to handle applications and understand how the infrastructure works, the system itself can take care of all the other complex works.

You'll need less staff, which will be more efficient

HCI comes with a lot of changes to the IT department. Since you aren't purchasing a truck load of equipment, you won't need a room full of staff to man operations. Traditionally, companies hire specialist staff per the equipment in question. However, in a hyperconverged environment, you can hire IT generalists who can supervise (rather than focus) on a specific resource area.

Virtual machines are the most basic objects used by hyperconvergence management software. These machines are then supported by load balancing, replication, backup, storage and other resources. The software creates and manages the policies needed to handle these resources, so IT personnel can focus on other tasks.

Protects your data and information at a higher level

Hardware is bound to fail at certain times. That's why HCI software is made so that when this problem occurs, you won't lose your data. When full redundancy has been achieved, data protection will be easier. However, given the way data centres are designed, protecting your data involves purchasing lots of equipment, hiring specialists and carrying out upgrades of each software at short intervals. HCI already has an inbuilt backup and recovery system. You therefore won't require any third-party products to be integrated into the system.


Published Monday, April 23, 2018 7:26 AM by David Marshall
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