Hyperconvergence is a term that many businesses infrastructures are now aware of and has altered the way in which businesses look at networking hardware. To say that hyperconvergence wasn’t around a few years ago, it has made a huge impact on the way businesses now operate.
Hyperconvergence is a way to enable cloud-like economics and scale without compromising the performance, reliability, and availability you expect. Hyperconvergence seeks to collapse compute, storage, and networking into a single SKU and provide a unified management layer. Whilst also using the benefits of software-defined storage; the focus is on data control and management.
A hyperconverged system allows the integrated technologies to be managed as a single system through a common toolset. Hyperconverged systems can be created to suit an organisation and are designed to grow with their needs, meaning that they are more flexible than many other IT technologies.
Hyperconvergence makes it easy to scale resources as required by business demands as management expect IT platforms to provide a solution to any issue as and when they arise.
Part of being agile is being able to move workloads as necessary. In a hyperconverged world, all resources reside under a single administrative umbrella. Workload migration therefore is simple, particularly in a solution that enables consistent deduplication as a core part of its offering. Reduced data is far easier to work with than fully expanded data and helps get things done faster.
- Data Protection
Hyperconverged infrastructures ensure that data can be restored in the event of loss or corruption which is a key IT requirement. Protecting data is critical. Many organisations do only the bare minimum to protect their critical data, either because data protection is expensive or highly complex to grasp. However, in a hyperconverged environment these situations can be avoided due to backup, recovery, and disaster recovery built in. They’re part of the infrastructure, not third-party afterthoughts to be integrated into the system.
- Budgeting Restraints
Should you have a ceiling to your budget for investing in hyperconvergence, cost is a factor that needs to be kept in check. Hyperconvergence technologies differ wildly in cost, but your paramount concern should be quality if it’s going to be absorbed into your business network. The old trap of paying for brands is one that is fallen into time and time again. IT professionals need to look at the whole data spec that is available and study which is best for their needs. Most brands that are not the most common place in hyperconvergence are perfectly acceptable; when comparing technologies the rise in costs should be for proprietary software stack providing unified management across the whole device and additional features such as storage optimisation, high availability, backups etc.