Hyperconvergence is the next generation virtualization technology, one of the fastest growing, largely adopted datacenter solution. By deploying it you have fewer points to manage, a much smaller hardware footprint, and room to scale seamlessly as far as your vision.
If you’re starting to have difficulty maintaining multiple systems and their running cost and the complexity in your datacenter increases as you add more systems, then it’s time to consider a Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) solution.
What is a Hyperconverged Infrastructure?
HCI solutions are designed to simplify your IT operation. The technology has been grabbing a lot of attention recently, through offering businesses a simple and a highly flexible platform for their centralized data needs. Every healthy professional loves efficiency and simplicity, HCI ticks those boxes from both the operational and financial aspects. A Hyperconverged system is usually a software-defined solution that combines all the elements of a traditional 3 tier data center (Switching, Backup and Computing, in one defined system, usually referred to as a "node".
It is worth noting that Dell technology's offering here, VxRail, occupies the highest shares in the HCI solutions market. While it is usually associated with how strong Dell is as a technology brand, co-developing VxRail with VMWare gives Dell Technologies a major leap in market domination against competing solutions.
The benefits of HCI:
1- Cost-effective & Less hardware
Hyperconvergence brings an affordable economic model to any IT department. Since there is less equipment to purchase, maintain, and support. Moreover, you can stack multiple physical servers on a single node. Besides the saving
“When we compared the cost of owing VxRail with the public cloud, we found we could basically buy our hardware with VxRail for what it would have cost us for one year to run the same applications in the public cloud.” U.S FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANY
2- Flexibility & Agility
In a Hyperconverged Infrastructure, your workloads all fall under the same administrative umbrella. This makes it easier to migrate workloads from one location to another.
“Our team has eight developers that are saving a lot of time. It must be about 80 hours a month, collectively. It's been huge for them because they can spin up environments in minutes.”
CITY OF AMARILLO
3- Easy management
HCI can be managed from a centralized dashboard and it raises the efficiency of teams operations. Managing all your virtual machines from a single window pane is incredibly practical and time-saving. Same goes for configuration, adding or limiting computing resources ... etc
4- Simplicity & Scalability
When compared to the traditional datacenter infrastructure, Hyperconverged systems require less steps and less time to set-up. HCI platform provides a unified environment that makes upgrading software and hardware much faster and easier, some of the vendors even promise a 92% less downtime when adding an additional node to the stack.
Here are the most competitive HCI solutions available in the market today:
1- Dell EMC VxRail:
The Vx-Rail family from Dell EMC provides five different hardware platforms, depending on your current and future needs.
2- Nutanix Acropolis:
Nutanix is a Hyperconverged Infrastructure pioneer that markets its technology as a building block for private clouds.
3- Cisco Hyperflex:
Cisco Hyperflex (HX) is a hyperconverged infrastructure platform that combines software-defined storage and data services software with Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).
In short, HCI allows you to be attentive to the business, saves your money, and helps you manage your environment in a revolutionary dynamic. It simplifies your operations and saves time, and it increases your IT team’s efficiency by a significant impact.
Hyperconvergence merges and replace all the elements of a traditional infrastructure stack (3 tier) with turnkey platform and industry standard x86 servers capable of starting small and scaling seamlessly one node at a time, an HCI is a perfect solution for most of today’s dynamic and fast growing teams.