Hyper-convergence is a type of infrastructure that allows businesses and conglomerates to structure how they store their information; enable cloud-like economics and storage combined with traditional data centre storage. Hyper-convergence 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.
What are the aims of hyper convergence?
The main objective of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has been to simplify the management of data centres by recasting them as transportation systems for software and transactions, rather than networks of processors with storage devices and memory caches dangling from them. The “convergence” that HCI makes feasible in the data centre comes from the following:
Applications and the servers that host them are managed together, using a single platform that focuses on the health and accessibility of those applications.
Compute capacity, file storage, memory, and network connectivity are collected together and managed individually like public utilities. Workloads are treated like customers whose needs must be satisfied, even if it takes the decommissioning and shutdown of hardware to accomplish it.
Each workload is packaged within the same class of construct: Usually virtual machines (VM) designed to be hosted by hypervisors such as VMware’s ESX and ESXi, Xen, KVM, and Microsoft’s Hyper-V. These constructs enable HCI platforms to treat them as essentially equivalent software components, if with different operating requirements.
Grows as your business does
Hyper-convergence is a scalable approach that allows businesses IT infrastructures to expand by adding units as and when necessary. Unlike integrated systems products, which often require large investments, hyper-converged solutions have a much more affordable and reachable step as and when a business requires expansion. These small steps of hyper-convergence allows business the chance to fully utilize new resources added through the expansion rather than investing in a system and not using it to its full potential.
Added flexibility for your business
Hyper-convergence makes it easy to scale out/ in resources as required by business demands and agility is important in modern IT and modern business. Businesses expect IT platforms to be agile and fit to any problem that arises internally. In a hyper-converged world, all resources in all physical data centres reside under a single administrative umbrella. Workload migration in such environments 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 IT get things done faster.
A hyper-converged system allows the integrated technologies to be managed as a single system through a common toolset. Hyper-converged 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 data storage possibilities. Investing in a flexible yet manageable data storage solution will help the productivity of a business, as staff are free to get on with their roles without facing technology pains and challenges.