In an effort to cut costs and increase efficiency, organisations are constantly searching for new ways to streamline their IT infrastructure. One of the latest and most effective methods for streamlining an IT infrastructure and therefore improving its efficiency and cost-effectiveness is hyper-converged infrastructure.
Hyper-converged infrastructure involves tightly integrating storage resources, computations resources, visualisation resources, and more into one single system that can be managed using a common toolset. By centralising most aspects of your IT infrastructure into a single system that can be controlled using a single toolset, hyper-converged infrastructure allows you to drastically improve the ease in which your infrastructure is managed while at the same time lowering both Capex and Opex.
Hyper-convergence vs Converged Infrastructure
Hyper-converged infrastructure may have been born out of the converged infrastructure model, but there are still quite a few key differences between the two models. Converged infrastructure essentially involves repackaging classic infrastructure components such as shared storage, networking, and servers into a pre-built solution that you can purchase and put into use within your organisation. Rather than having to work with multiple vendors for all the different aspects of your IT infrastructure, converged infrastructure allows you to purchase all of the necessary solutions from a single vendor. This, in turn, simplifies the procurement process as well as the support process.
However, even though converged infrastructure allows you to purchase solutions in a single package from a single vendor, these solutions are still not fully integrated into one system. In other words. you’ll likely still have to use multiple toolsets and different aspects of your IT infrastructure will still have to be managed using differing procedures and approaches. With hyper-converged infrastructure, though, this is not the case.
While hyper-converged infrastructure offers all of the same advantages as converged infrastructure, it is a quite different solution. In addition to combining solutions into a single package, hyper-converged infrastructure also allows you to easily manage all of those solutions within the same system using the same toolset. Hyper-converged infrastructure. therefore, is essentially the next logical step beyond converged infrastructure, enabling you to both purchase components of your infrastructure in a single solution from a single vendor and manage all of those components within a single system as well.
Main Benefits of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
Hyper-converged infrastructure offers a number of significant benefits, leading to more and more organisations choosing hyper-converged infrastructure as their go-to model for building and managing an IT infrastructure. Some of the most substantial benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure include:
On the whole, a hyper-converged infrastructure is going to be much easier and less costly to update and maintain than a traditional infrastructure or even a converged infrastructure. Being able to work with only one vendor throughout the process of maintaining your infrastructure is one reason why a hyper-converged infrastructure is easier to maintain. Beyond this, though, the simplicity and efficiency that a hyper-converged infrastructure allows is the primary factor that makes a hyper-converged infrastructure much easier to keep maintained and updated. This benefit allows organisations to spend less time and money on keeping their infrastructure up to date and functioning.
Less of a Learning Curve
Since a hyper-converged infrastructure can be managed within a single system using a single toolset, learning how to manage a hyper-converged infrastructure is going to be much simpler than trying to learn how to manage every single unique aspect of a traditional infrastructure. This reduced learning curve means that organisations are able to employ more IT “generalists” to manage their infrastructure rather than having to train their IT employees on how to operate a wide range of different systems and toolsets.
Faster Completion of the Infrastructure
A hyper-converged infrastructure is an all-in-one solution that can be quickly implemented regardless of whether you are building your infrastructure from the ground up or updating your existing infrastructure to a hyper-converged infrastructure model. Rather than having to piece together your infrastructure component by component – often dealing with multiple vendors and IT consultants during the process – hyper-converged infrastructure allows you to complete your infrastructure in just a few simple steps. Not only does this drastically reduce the amount of time that it will take to build your infrastructure, it also reduces the costs associated with building an infrastructure as well.
Most IT experts agree that hyper-converged infrastructure is one of the most effective models on the market today for building and managing an IT infrastructure. By streamlining and simplifying the processes associated with building and managing your infrastructure, hyper-converged infrastructure enables you to save both time and money while at the same time creating an infrastructure that is going to be more efficient, more effective, and easier to use.
The ways in which IT infrastructures are built and managed are still rapidly evolving. For now, though, the hyper-converged infrastructure model remains by far one of the most effective solutions available today.
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