No matter how much things change in technology, some things stay the same. A perennial quest for most businesses is to do more with less – which is no mean feat for IT teams facing demands that are increasing daily. That more-for-less battle is why you should be looking at hyperconvergence.
What is it? Put simply, Searchvirtualstorage.com defines hyperconvergence as ‘a type of infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualisation resources and other technologies from scratch in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor.’
What that means is, you get to manage all your devices holistically, from a single point, under the management of your chosen hypervisor software. Your resources are pooled efficiently, so you prevent overspend. The big one, though, given the scarcity of resources, is that it makes infrastructure easier to manage, and less time-consuming. That all makes return on investment pleasingly quick, and the future savings pile up nicely – so you get to set aside some funding for the ‘doing more’ pile.
The big hypervisor players, such as VMware and Nutanix, each have their strengths, so it is a matter of working out which suits your own environment and needs best. Microsoft has been busily making enhancements to Windows Server 2016, with hyperconvergence a high priority. Expect to hear a lot more from them on the topic in coming weeks.
As you add and change devices, it is worth considering those optimised to work in a hyperconvergence solution. We’ve seen some strong development efforts by the likes of Lenovo to this end. They’ve done an impressive job of continuing IBM’s work on the server and storage business they acquired, and are still topping performance/reliability charts to boot. Other server and storage vendors are following suit, so whatever your preferred hardware, there’s a good chance you’ll be covered.
As with anything, preparation is key to getting the best from hyperconvergence. Good planning and due diligence never goes out of fashion. It is worth looking at hyperconvergence as part of an overall IT audit, so that you can assess potential impact. Realistically, there are some very attractive time and budget savings to be had, and you don’t need huge disruptions to grab them – but as always, the old IT mantra applies: do it once, do it well.
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