Businesses these days are facing immense pressure to become fast and agile. Disintegrated IT infrastructure and manual processes cause huge delays and don’t allow businesses to meet the high-speed expectations. To solve such pressures with every passing day and increasing business needs, we hear of new and improved data center infrastructures based on newly thought paradigms. Among all these paradigms, you’re bound to come across the term HyperConverged Infrastructure if you’re at some software meeting or conference. But what exactly is HyperConvergence and why is it the buzzword these days? Before embarking on the journey of adopting HyperConverged Infrastructure to meet the IT needs and demands for your business, you need to know what HCI entails and whether it is worth it or not.
What’s all the hype about?
The Steve Chambers and Forrester Research first coined the term “HyperConvergence”. HyperConvergence contributes to the 2 C’s of businesses i.e. Cost and Complexity. After all, what business out there doesn’t want to invest in infrastructure that costs less but gives great value in terms of simplicity, scalability and interoperability?
Skipping most of the technobabble, the concept of HyperConvergence is a virtualized way of forming private data centers whilst mimicking the way public clouds are consumed. It’s a vital building block for pooling together compute resources through a software defined architecture, thereby creating flexibility and maximizing the interoperability of the infrastructure placed on premises. The integrated resources are managed through a single common toolset. In fact all data center functions are managed dynamically with the help of a visor, a thin but tightly integrated layer of software.
Of course the emulation of the public cloud helps data centers gain operational simplicity, cost efficiency and scalability, reaping the benefit of cloud economics. All of this is achieved without any compromise on performance, reliability and availability; which are key outputs businesses seek today.
The main difference between Convergence and HyperConvergence
Even though the difference between both infrastructures is subtle, the turning point lies in how storage is managed. HCI builds on the concept of Converged Infrastructure, except it combines system components with the help of software-defined functions. So when your business seems to be running out of capacity and needs add-ons, you can simply add on more components and scale out.
To invest or not to invest in HyperConverged Infrastructure?
No matter how big or small a business is, since the cost of entry is minimal for HCI, the adoption rate for HyperConverged technology has skyrocketed as businesses continue to simplify their IT Infrastructure and minimize CAPEX and OPEX. From recent data retrieved from IDC, the sales for HCI leaped to 65% year on year in the first quarter of the year 2017. This says a lot about the technology living up to its hype.
So if you’re conflicted between whether to go for HCI or not, ask yourself these questions. Do you want to save money and reduce costs? Is reducing IT complexity your main goal? Do you care about short-term investment or long-term investment in tech? And finally, do you want to reap the economic benefits of a public cloud and minimize downtime for mission-critical applications? Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll be clear about the decision of investment.
If you’re answer is yes, opt for StarWind HCA. The StarWind HyperConverged infrastructure is 100% software defined and is built with Dell OEM Servers. The solution takes off most of the responsibility from the shoulders of customers. Customer of HCA don’t have to worry about picking the right hardware and software, application migration issues or issues pertaining to HCA integration onto the data center. StarWind’s engineering team will do it all for your business using a single on-site node without charging any extra cost. To top it off, HCA ProActive Support monitors clusters around the clock and predicts as well as prevents any failures before things go south.