Four things to review before going for Hyper Converged System deployment

Server Virtualization has gripped data centers all around the world to the core and deployment of hyper converged systems is said to simplify these environments to a major extent. Basically, these systems contain computing, networking and storage hardware run by intelligently software layer that is certified to work with the hardware layer.

So, all those enterprise data centers who are looking to consolidate their data centers or going for a fork-lift upgrade can consider deploying hyper converged systems. Rather than individually purchasing and configuring the necessary hardware and software components, IT professionals can purchase a hyper converged system which not only simplifies the implementation process, but also ensures optimal configuration.

However, deploying a hyper converged system is not that easy, especially, when you are taking up the project after convincing your company head for the investment. Hence better to follow these four tips before going for the said solution deployment.

First get rid of all the politics- In large companies, the employee count will be more and these organizations often divide IT into technology silos with groups responsible for networking, storage, active directory etc. Thus, hyper convergence offers the privilege of getting rid of all these administrative troubles in architecture, as it is a consolidated system which is self contained. But before going for it, it is extremely important to have a meeting with various groups in the organization ahead of time to establish the ownership boundaries. For instance, a hyper converged system has storage in it, so the company head has to determine if the networking team or the storage team will manage it. Better they head on a cohesive note.

Find out how the network interface will be configured- Before any new deployment in data centers, it is always a good practice to check out your network configuration. On the surface, everything looks good when it comes to racks, switches and so on. But when we get deep into the deployment, things can change a lot. For example, VMware EVO RAIL systems require the admin to make decisions such as

  • What host names to use
  • Whether to use one switch or two
  • How the management virtual LAN should be configured
  • How to support out of band management
  • What IP address should be used by vCenter

Therefore, better to get clarity on this issue.

Deployment checklist is essential- In enterprise environments, while making a decision, always ensure that you are well prepared, with what you can encounter on going with the change. This applies to the decisions taken in IT environments. For hyper converged system deployments, it is better to learn about system configuration and its requirements. Ask the seller to provide you documentation, so that you can get ready for the change on full throttle.

Testing is essential- After configuring the hyper converged systems, it is important to run tests to verify that everything is well in place. Testing the network configuration such as connectivity, DHCP, Domain Name System will help. For instance, Windows OS offers a mechanism for performing a series of tests designed to validate the failover cluster configuration.

StoneFly, Inc. a VMware technology partner offers Hyper Converged Appliances in its product catalog. This Silicon Valley based company; a wholly owned business unit of DNF Corporation offers Unified Storage and Server appliances which are redundant and highly available. These appliances can prove as ideal hyper-converged infrastructure solutions to consolidate all of the user’s Server and Storage systems into one easy to manage appliance.

Use of virtualized operating systems allows for complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power and cooling costs. By migrating existing Windows and Linux physical servers to VMware-compatible Virtual Machines on the StoneFly USS appliance, users can greatly reduce their hardware footprint and run many more applications on much less hardware.

Campus mirroring to a second on-premises StoneFly USS appliance and asynchronous replication to a USS appliance at a remote site or in the cloud makes the USS the perfect business continuity and disaster recovery solution.

Moreover, StoneFly’s team of experts makes a site inspection before the deployment and will identify if any kind of essentials like network have to be upgraded to support StoneFly Hyper Converged Systems. This not only simplifies the deployment procedure, but also eases the implementation process as well.

For environments requiring high availability StoneFly offers High available Hyper Converged infrastructure as well.

To know more call 510.265.1616 or Click on StoneFly Hyper Converged web page


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