What is Hyperconvergence, what are the benefits for the IT professional and ultimately the advantages for businesses? Why should I consider this technology before I buy the next server or storage device? And why is Dunedin IT excited by this technology?
If you think of existing IT systems like toy bricks that come in all sorts of colours. Blue might be the network brick, pink is the storage brick, black is the memory brick, and so on. Want to add more capacity, then make sure you buy the right set of bricks and connect them in the right order.
With the Hyper-converged infrastructure, simply buy another red brick that houses all the complexities of storage, networking, processing etc. Just plug that red brick in and go.
So that’s our simple definition, let’s quickly look at this from a slightly technical view, by defining where server technology has come from in relation to the small business environments.
So in the begin, we had your regular server living on one physical box. Need another server, then you need another physical box.
Then came along virtualisation and you could run multiple servers from one physical box, nice!
However, it does mean many eggs (servers) in one basket (physical box).
Hyperconverged then takes Virtualisation forward, joins up multiple physical boxes and presents it as a single pane of glass or what we like to refer as the Computing Platform.
No such thing as a silver bullet in IT, so a couple of slightly negative points to consider. This will, of course, depend on your company requirements and your preferred Hyper-converged vendor.
Price – A couple of years ago, it didn’t matter how much time and money a Hyper-converged infrastructure would save the business when the cost was more than the annual turned. Today it’s becoming real world, small business affordable.
Cloud – A Hyper-converged infrastructure has the promise to deliver high availability, scalability and easy of management. Sounds a bit like the promises of cloud computing? Well, that’s because a cloud service provider will use some form of Hyperconvergence strategy. So when businesses are thinking where to run their IT services, in-house or in the cloud, they now have a 3rd choice, Hyper-converged solution which can live in the office or in the data centre.
If you like to find out more about Hyper-converged solutions, which vendor will best suit your business, mitigate some of the disadvantages, ensure current IT investment isn’t wasted and how Hyper-converged infrastructure can solve your Business Continuity problems – Please contact David or Jamie on 0131 225 2215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org