Hyperconvergence is becoming more and more important in the work place. Hyperconvergence is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system in an effort to reduce data centre complexity and increase scalability. 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.
In 2018 it has been estimated that hyperconverged infrastructures have sky rocketed. The technology joins other centralized storage offerings (such as software-defined storage, or SDS, and network-attached storage) as the preferred paths to improving data management, allowing access by multiple users and servers, and bolstering both security and availability.
So, what are the benefits of hyperconvergence?
Increase business efficiency
One of the primary benefits of hyperconvergence is that it brings cost, data and operational costs down without significantly disrupting business operations. When fully understood, the benefits of hyperconvergence can be huge.
Cost savings can be achieved through a deployment model that avoids overprovisioning typical with standalone, complex infrastructure. Hyperconvergence allows all resources to reside under a single administrative umbrella. It allows team members to easily access important information as and when required, helping to get things done faster.
Flexibility and scale
Because hyperconvergence is based in software, it is able to provide superior levels of flexibility and agility to businesses when compared to legacy infrastructure. Hyperconverged infrastructure takes a building block approach to data centre scalability – each HCI appliance is a self-contained unit which is designed from the ground up to include every type of hardware resource needed, and to maximise compatibility. This allows expansion of capacity by simply bolting on an additional unit or two, rather than specifically provisioning, configuring and deploying more storage or compute capacity.
Increase data protection
Hyperconverged infrastructures ensure that data can be restored in the event of loss or corruption which is a key IT requirement. In a hyperconverged environment data loss 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.
Easy to implement
Hyperconverged infrastructures are easy to implement. With some solutions, all you have to do is plug them in and turn them on, with management levels at a minimum. Costs are often lower when compared to separate, traditional components. Some IT departments have been able to actually downsize after they’ve implemented a hyperconverged infrastructure.
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.