Data Center Consolidation with Hyper Convergence

Small and Medium scale businesses looking to consolidate all or a part of their data center can adopt hyper converged technology in their premises. Instead of managing traditional setups of servers, storage arrays and networks running between them, data center managers can opt for innovative and automation driven hyper converged solutions.

Hyper convergence involves a single solution offering compute, storage, networking and virtualization –all manageable through automated software.

There are a lot of different reasons why IT organizations are choosing hyper converged infrastructure for consolidating their data center. Depending on your situation, one or more of these reasons may apply to you.

Scale out platform- Hyper Convergence is a scale out platform and so suits scale out workloads. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the classic scale-out workload, with hundreds or thousands of desktop VMs. Each virtual machine is a fairly small load, but the total VDI load is large. Web server farms and some database workloads can also benefit from a hyper-converged data center. The scale-out platform delivers consistent performance for applications designed to grow in this manner.

Growing workloads- Since, Hyper convergence allows data center to expand capacity and performance just by adding nodes over time. So, all those IT decision makers who are facing a phased rollout or simply experiencing long term IT resource demand growth, hyper convergence proves to be the best solution to adopt.

Following the trend- Just because others are looking to adopt the latest technology, some IT managers are looking for a hyper converged solution which best suits their enterprise needs. It’s like flowing with the trend.

Simplification- Hyper convergence offers simplified management. Most hyper converged platforms include policy based virtualization management, which reduces the effort required to manage a collection of VMs. This simplification allows IT teams to spend less time adjusting and optimizing the platform and focus more on the VMs and applications that deliver value to the business.

Technology silos can be eliminated- A hyper converged data center eliminates the storage silos and its dedicated network. This relieves businesses from the need to maintain expertise in the storage array and network. In addition, hyper-convergence usually removes the need to manage the logical unit numbers, presentation and storage paths that come with a storage area network (SAN). This removes the need for dedicated expertise and allows IT teams to focus on other parts of data center and application stacks.

Infrastructure resources- Sometimes small projects requiring modest resources may not suit deployment onto a large converged infrastructure platform or dedicated fleet of servers and storage arrays. Hyper Convergence enables data center staff to deploy a much smaller unit of infrastructure for small requirements. Just by adding nodes to data center setup can serve the needs of a small project without making a large purchase. If a series of projects require few nodes, the IT team can combine the nodes into a single, large hyper converged cluster.

Support for remote or branched offices- Organizations having remote or branched offices will need enough IT that they will benefit from a robust virtualization platform. Deploying SAN and servers to each site proves expensive and can turn complex to manage. Also appliance footprint can also prove as an issue. Hyper-convergence simplifies management, keeping operational costs from spiraling out of control.

Hardware refresh- Generally, IT organizations often purchase and replace, entire virtualization platforms together. Hyper Converged solutions can fit in as the best alternative. If you deploy a hyper-converged infra, it is likely that the future process of refreshing the hardware will be far simpler than replacing virtualization platforms

Skilled labor- Finding skilled labor in IT environments is a challenge. If we succeed in getting them on-board, salary negotiations might lead to recruitment failures. The simplicity of a hyper-converged data center reduces the variety of skilled sets an enterprise will need from the team.

No public cloud- Organizations looking to lease out their IT services will look for cloud solutions. A hyper-converged data center allows for reduced infrastructure management of cloud services while keeping all IT on premises. Hyper-converged vendors design the platforms for programmability, making it easier to build private or hybrid cloud platforms on top.

StoneFly, Inc. a wholly owned business subsidiary of DNF Corporation offers Hyper Converged solutions in its product catalog.

So, companies looking to remodel their data centers with innovative and futuristic solutions can opt for StoneFly Hyper Converged Appliance.

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