Today the business world is fast paced, data-driven and digital. The demands we place on IT and the underlying infrastructure to support the ever-evolving advancement of technology are often unattainable with the legacy systems that have been in place for years. The world as we know it is more mobile, distributed and application centered and our data center needs to reflect that. You don’t want to be in a situation where you can’t meet a business need due to the technology limitations in your data center.
Organizations need to continue to look for ways to optimize existing infrastructure and augment or replace with new solutions that can leverage virtualization to help combine, computer, storage, and networking from different physical devices into a single solution to simplify and streamline systems and processes for more efficiency. Using hyper-converged infrastructure can increase the speed and agility of your company, resulting in higher productivity at a reduced cost.
Software Defined Storage (SDS) vs. Hyper-converged Infrastructure
If you are trying to determine when and how to embrace hyper-converged infrastructure, you should understand the difference between software defined storage vs. hyper-converged infrastructure. These two concepts can often get confused.
Software defined storage enables companies to create shared distributed storage resources by allowing the software to manage policy-based provisioning and management of data storage independent of the underlying hardware. This is a storage only solution vs. full infrastructure, though some SDS providers can deliver beyond just storage and play in the hyper-converged space as well. We have outlined some details and case studies in previous Centrinet blog posts around software defined storage and also provided an overview of several unique solutions from various vendors on the market today.
Hyper-converged Infrastructure is designed to help you build a more modern data center using a shared pool of resources and virtualization technology. This concept is a “ready to go” infrastructure that includes all of the components needed to deliver a full infrastructure and doesn’t require IT to build it out piece by piece. The operational efficiency and budgetary predictability makes hyper-converged infrastructure a very viable option for enterprises. There are many challenges that this approach helps businesses overcome and the benefits have been proven.
5 Key Benefits of Leveraging Hyper-converged Infrastructure
- Simplify computer, storage, networking together
By collapsing various layers of compute, storage and networking into one, you can dramatically reduce the cost, time to configure and manage systems and the overall complexity that has traditionally been associated with legacy data center technology.
- No single point of failure
A distributed computing architecture provides high availability to avoid having a single point of failure. In the event of a failure, applications and services can be migrated to maintain uptime and continue full functionality due to the pool of shared resources.
- Highly scalable
As a business adds additional services or applications, the ability to add infrastructure “on-demand” to support the specific type of application is essential. Hyper-converged infrastructure provides flexibility enabling businesses to expand and contract resources and infrastructure components as needed without completely re-architecting existing systems each time there is a new request.
- High performance platform
Legacy data center technology isn’t known for its speed and capacity. Hyper-converged infrastructure, utilizing SDS, can provide a high performance platform that offers data storage components with more capacity and speed that will positively impact performance of the applications running.
- Easy to manage
Removing the complexity associated with dedicated hardware, purchasing processes, configuration and day-to-day management enables IT teams to meet the demands of the business quickly and in a flexible way. Hyper-converged infrastructure is easy to implement and manage. This is a shift from managing existing systems with multiple IT operations management tools that take time and resources to manage and and delay the time to launch new services.
Hyper-converged infrastructure can benefit organizations of any size and help provide key benefits needed to meet the evolving demands businesses place on its technology and IT teams. For more insight into how hyper-converged infrastructure can meet your specific needs, reach out to us directly.