Over the years, we’ve seen how IT decision-makers are increasingly being challenged to expand the capabilities of their infrastructure whilst providing scalability, simplicity and maintaining security. Alongside this digitalisation is complete transforming the way in which businesses operate, and presenting its own set of challenges.
Converged infrastructure, (where vendors provide pre-configured bundles of hardware and software into single chassis) simplifies management and minimises compatibility issues compared to traditional models. However, it doesn’t address all of the challenges of the IT decision-maker, such as high costs, scalability, efficiently and space.
This is where hyper-converged fits in. By offering bundles of hardware and software into a single box (node), this style of architecture offers various benefits including:
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Hyper-converged infrastructure has a software-centric architecture, combining server, storage and networking, supported by single vendors. This style of architecture is resilient and scalable by nature meaning when the user wants to grow their system, they simply add another node. And the ability to ‘stack’ nodes, means users need considerably less physical space in comparison to traditional solutions. Which makes hyper-converged infrastructure a great fit for organisations no matter their size.
Lower operating costs
Hyper-converged systems require considerably less power , and can therefore bring substantial savings; some reports state is can reduced costs up to 50% (depending on the industry and use-case).
Legacy systems have that extra layer of complexity, with users needing to check the compatibility of each component before insulation. With its ‘all in one’ [package, hyper-converged systems reduce complexity by eliminating the need to check the compatibility of multiple components before installation.
With all components being combined into one box, the performance of the solution is increased. Organisations that employ hyper-converged will enjoy the benefits of improved IOPS (input/output per second) this increased performance will allow organisation to run more efficiently.
Hyper-converged solutions can bring various benefits for organisations looking to increase performance on a budget. However, adopting this style of infrastructure isn’t for everyone- its nature suits more organisations than others. If you are looking to replace your existing infrastructure it is recommended that you consult with a specialist like myself who can guide you on the right option for you.
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