In an era where speed and performance are critical, the ability to deliver applications faster is a must for companies looking to stay ahead of the competition. To thrive in rapidly changing business conditions, meet customer expectations, and pursue new opportunities, organisations need to enable their digital transformation. And that calls for the transformation of datacentre operations.
The rise of hyperconvergence
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a model that integrates all of a datacentre’s necessary components – including storage, networking, compute, backup and more – onto industrystandard x86 servers, controlled and managed by a central piece of software.
Hyperconvergence began as an answer to the common storage and scaling challenges, but it didn’t come to life by itself. In fact, there were a number of trends at that time that supported the emergence of HCI. Being, at its core, a storage solution, HCI’s advancement was heavily influenced by the rise of affordable flash-based storage, which opened up the way for more performance and scalability. Along with that, modernised CPUs with multiple cores and cycles to spare, begin to replace specially engineered, purpose-built hardware units. Even cloud computing has played a part in HCI’s development. Public cloud services have shifted the way we think about IT, as enterprises start to expect IT teams to deliver more agile solutions and shorter development cycles.
The benefits of building an HCI platform
Many IT teams still rely on hardware-centric infrastructure solutions, which are costly to scale, manage and maintain, and don’t provide the agility and flexibility that today’s business demands. Hyperconverged infrastructures solve these issues, and several other datacentre pain points, with a single system that combines compute, storage and network in one easy-touse solution. With HCI, IT teams can increase operational efficiency, while reducing costs and complexity, leveraging a software-defined platform to support modern business and speed up digital transformation.
Let’s consider how hyperconverged infrastructures help organisations reach their business
- Modernise without investment
To keep up with the rapid pace of technology, companies need to modernise their infrastructure hardware every few years. These complex logistical projects take a lot of man-hours in terms of both the deployment and configuration of new hardware, which means major CapEx investments will be required.
- Cut down infrastructure expenses
Hyperconvergence uses an economical building-block approach that allows IT teams to expand resources on an as-needed basis. With HCI, companies scale their datacentres in small, easy-to-manage steps, using versatile bare-metal servers. They don’t need to overprovision to anticipate future growth, and can benefit from faster time-to-value for their infrastructure expenses.
- Avoid vendor lock-in
While there are plenty of ready-made hyperconverged appliances on the market, it’s good to be cautious with your choices. No technology is without flaws, and one potential drawback of hyperconvergence is the possibility of vendor lock-in. That is why many IT pros are still looking into building their own hyperconverged platforms.
- Amplify business agility
When speed matters, automation becomes a key element of any efficient infrastructure. Limiting manual configuration and deployment tasks that are prone to human error is a stepping stone towards a modern infrastructure. But for years, the complexity of legacy IT was a major blocking point for any automation initiatives.