Since the dawn of IT, as we’ve moved towards increasingly sophisticated capabilities, the ‘do more with less’ mantra has characterised every step along the way. Hardware has shrunk and, with virtualisation, almost reached vanishing point.
We now define data centres, desktops, and networks with software. We define IT disruption in direct relationship to the ability of any innovation to accelerate tasks, enhance efficiencies, and reduce costs. Amalgamating software defined capabilities and their subsequent benefits, the fastest way to understanding hyper-convergence is to view it as doing exactly what it says it does: providing a high level of extreme activity at the point at which things come together. In the spirit of simplicity, therefore, here is a one-glance summary of the five top benefits of hyper-convergence:
1) Driver and enabler for business growth For SMBs, ‘extreme activity’ is something they may traditionally have cost a small fortune. Now you can simply scale on demand and do it fast – innovation becomes as accessible to smaller players in any business, levelling the playing field with the heavy-hitters.
2) Easily managed IT A single system offers servers, storage, WAN optimisers, compute and other products, all in one. Suddenly you’ll have vast teams of engineers with nothing to do. They can now focus on the future, rather than the day-to-day.
3) Streamlining The virtual machine is the focus of hyper-convergence, which offers a virtualisation-ready environment. It delivers the gain without the pain. This is the computing environment of the modern world.
4) Security and protection for information assets In a hyper-converged infrastructure, data is not widely dispersed and is therefore easier to manage. The means to manage it are also far cheaper than traditional methods. Data protection is integral to the solution, with pre-integrated protocols for constant back-up and swift recovery.
5) Lower costs CAPEX is reduced, since setting up the infrastructure is not about creating a daunting shopping list and spending years putting the system together; it comes in one neat package that's ready to roll. Thereafter, a business’ OPEX tumbles since every aspect of the data centre is managed in one place. Markets and customers are unforgiving in today’s hyper-connected world. They expect constant innovation, interaction and personalised services. The hyper-converged infrastructure enables you to deliver these capabilities to the business and take on a more dynamic role in driving it forward.