How to leverage the benefits of Hyper Converged Infrastructure?

Decision makers are finding it tough to handle enterprise IT environments these days and are in a look out to cut down TCO by having everything automated, innovative and smart in their data centers. This is where Hyper Convergence infrastructure helps, as it is an embodiment of software defined data center, which provides the flexibility and agility that businesses demand from IT.

Truly speaking, hyper convergence is nothing but to have software, server, storage and networking all in a single box. By having this Hyper Converged infrastructure arrangement in enterprise IT, data centers managers will witness economic model that provides faster time to value for data center expenditures and lowers total cost of ownership (TCO). At the same time, Hyper Convergence delivers performance, high availability and reliability for enterprise demands.

Though, Flash solves performance issues to the core, it is not applicable to all application environments. This is where Hyper Convergence brings in a hybrid practice into existence, where users can combine flash and spinning disk to provide the ideal blend of capacity and performance on an economic note.

Diving deep, below are the top ten challenges which Hyper Convergence solves-

Software focus-Basically speaking, Hyper Convergence has a software based nature which helps in meeting current and future business needs of an enterprise without needing to rip and replace infrastructure components as businesses progress. The vendors offering such appliance add new features in updated software release and gain benefits of those features immediately, without having to replace hardware.

Hyper Convergence allows commodity hardware use- Every Hyper converged appliance has software which is designed to accommodate the fact that hardware will eventually fail. Therefore, customers using these appliances will get two privileges on the go. One is to get a well in advance reminder of hardware failure and the privilege of purchasing affordable and easy to obtain hardware.

Everything is centralized- As mentioned in earlier paragraphs, hyper convergence offers compute, storage, backup to disk, cloud gateway functionality and such, all combined in a single shared resource pool with hypervisor technology. This all-in-one place arrangement offers IT managers to handle cumulative resources across individual nodes as a single federated system. With hyper convergence, mass centralized and integration also happens at the management level, regardless of how widespread physical resources happen to be. This means, resources which are spread across multiple physical data centers are managed from a single, centralized interface.

Agility is highly available- In legacy data center environments, administrators have to employ myriad resources to meet those needs. But hyper converged infrastructure enables IT to achieve positive outcomes much faster. As a part of the agility feature which is being obtained via hyper convergence, users can move workloads as necessary. As all the resources in hyper converged environments reside under single administration, operating the workloads migration will be easy in such environments.

Scalability and efficiency- Every business doesn’t stand at the very same point, where it started years ago. Usually, it perpetuates according to time and grows invariably to many folds. In order to support the businesses, IT environments should also grow in strength, functions and should have up to date infrastructure. Hyper Convergence offers scalable building block approach that allows IT to expand by adding units. So, the enterprise may purchase bigger blocks when it feels the need to do so.

Highly Economical- Instead of buying different systems from different vendors ( like servers, storage, networking components) and integrating them all together, IT admins can go for hyper converged systems that have low cost of entry compared with their integrated system counterparts and legacy infrastructure models.

Easy Automation- Automation is one of the highlights of hyper convergence, as all resources are truly combined and are managed through a centralized console through software. This eases admin functionalities like scheduling opportunities as well as scripting options.

Virtualization- Virtualization is into every data center these days and hyper converged infrastructure options use virtual machines as the most basic constructs of environments. As all other resources like storage, backup, replication, load balancing and so on –support individual VMs, integrated data protection policies and control can happen right at VM level. VM-centricity is also apparent as workloads need to be moved around to different data centers and between services, such as backup and replication. The administrator always works with the virtual machine as the focus, not the data center and not underlying services, such as storage.

Shared resources- Hyper convergence allows its users to deploy many kinds of applications in a single shared resource pool without worrying about the dreaded IO blender effect, which usually ruin VM performance. But how is this practically possible?

The fact is as follows- hyper convergence allows multiple kinds of storage- both flash and spinning disks- to reside in an eco-friendly way. In this arrangement, a single appliance can have multiple terabytes of each kind of storage installed. But to achieve environment redundancy and data protection, multiple appliances are needed. Here, the focus will be on the VM of hyper converged systems which allows the system to see through the IO blender and to optimize based on the IO profile of the individual VM.

Hyper converged infrastructure offers mix of storage to handle both random and sequential workloads with skillfully. Thus, for IT environments which are facing the flooding of login storms and virtual desktop infrastructure, the presence of solid state drives in the cluster is important. Here, the shared resource pool enables efficient use of resources for improved performance and capacity.

Data Protection- Businesses live on data and so its protection is highly essential. But in practical, not many organizations are showing interest on data protection. The prime reason for going with this approach is that comprehensive data protection can be really expensive and really complex.

To go for data protection in legacy systems, the decision makers should go for a purchase of wide selection of products. But in hyper converged environments, backup, recovery and disaster recovery are available as in-built. Therefore, the need to integrate third party stuff gets eliminated.

Single vendor support- In legacy data center environments, they are many hardware and software integrations which have to be managed. And if any issue arises, a number of vendors have to be contacted to solve the issue. But with hyper converged infrastructure, a single vendor design, delivery and support are available. Therefore, if any trouble, just call the vendor and get the support for life time after purchase.

StoneFly Inc., a pioneer in offering iSCSI storage, is offering Hyper Converged Infrastructure in its product catalog. These appliances are enriched with delta based snapshots, synchronous and asynchronous replication features.

Call 510.265.1616 to know more.

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