Hyperconverged infrastructure: in an ironic twist, this technology comes with a complicated name, even though simplicity is its key selling feature.
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is an integrated, software-defined solution that replaces traditional three-tiered infrastructure. The result is a simpler, more flexible system that’s very secure and very efficient. With all these benefits, it’s no wonder that HCI is steadily gaining popularity.
A growing trend
Introduced a decade ago, HCI still isn’t widespread, but that may be about to change. Gartner, the global research and advisory firm, estimates that 20% of business-critical applications currently deployed on three-tier IT infrastructure will transition to hyperconverged infrastructure by 2020. Many leading financial institutions have already made the switch, as have a number of top manufacturing firms. HCI is an excellent choice for these organizations, given their strict security requirements and quickly evolving technology needs.
One of the main selling points of HCI is the reduced complexity that comes from putting all components into a single unit. Eliminating discrete infrastructure levels results in a much more scalable solution that allows businesses to deploy or collapse environments as their needs change. In other words, you’re never held back by your infrastructure.
The other major advantage of HCI is that it comes with a user-friendly interface that allows subject-matter experts (like developers or business analysts) to get what they need without going through an IT infrastructure specialist. With fewer intermediaries, things happen faster and at a lower cost, making the entire business more efficient.
View the same situation from a different angle and you’ll realize that HCI also helps businesses address the shortage of qualified IT workers. Legacy systems require experts for each level of the three-tiered system, but HCI substantially reduces the need for IT professionals on multiple levels. Companies save on personnel costs and gain the reassurance that staffing issues won’t hold up their operations or growth. In short, transitioning to HCI becomes a risk management strategy.
Flexibility and compatibility
Before making the move to an HCI system, businesses should start with a sizing exercise that takes into consideration current workloads and space requirements. This is essential for ensuring your needs are met without spending more than you have to. But what happens if your needs change?
The beauty of HCI is that it’s extremely flexible, making it simple for your team to take on special projects that require substantially more compute power—such as initiatives involving next-generation technologies like big data, analytics and artificial intelligence. HCI comes in two popular architectures for both traditional and new workloads: Intel’s x86 and IBM’s POWER. With a single multi-cluster management interface, it’s easy to meet today’s needs while using what you need, when you need it.
A highly powerful HCI solution
Nutanix on Power is one of the best solutions on the market because it combines the strengths of Nutanix, a widely recognized HCI leader, and IBM. With the benefits of higher performing units and a simplified HCI, your ecosystem will be able to handle traditional workloads as well as new challenges related to today’s needs. It gives you the freedom to choose, act and expand.
Lino Primera, Ing.
R2i is Canadian IT consulting firm that specializes in traditional workloads, new workloads, IBM Power, Nutanix and Industry 4.0. To speak with our specialists about hyperconverged and hybrid infrastructure options, contact us any time. We’d be happy to help.