Why all the fuss around hyper-convergence?

Hyper-convergence is the latest buzz-word in the world of corporate IT so what’s the fuss all about and what exactly is hyperconvergence?

Simply put, convergence is intended to simplify data centres that are becoming increasingly complex. Typically, this would result in server and storage resources being converged. Hyper-convergence is the ultimate in the latest trend of convergence over recent years.

The result of hyperconvergence is a platform that integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources into a hardware box that can scale and grow to any business requirements.

What will it do for me?

The advantages are that you have a cloud like infrastructure model that is centrally managed and actually delivers the performance that the business requires.

In hyper-convergence, all components — compute, storage, network, backup to disk, cloud gateway functionality are combined in a single shared resource pool with hypervisor technology. This simple, efficient design enables IT departments to manage resources across individual nodes as a single system.

Centralisation and integration also happen at the management level. Regardless of how where physical resources are, hyperconverged systems manage them as though they were all next to one another. Resources spread across multiple physical data centres are managed from a single, centralised interface.

What’s the killer USP?

Being agile is a necessity in today’s IT departments. With hyperconvergence it becomes extremely easy to create additional computing and migrate workloads very quickly using a central interface. It is critical to ensure that the infrastructure is agile to enable the department to be agile.

Shadow IT where departments outside of IT create their own systems exists because IT departments cannot keep up with business demands. Hyperconvergence brings cloud like economics and flexibility to Enterprise IT and eliminates the need for shadow IT.

Building Blocks and Savings on Cost

Scalability is built in to the design of hyperconvergence. To scale up it’s just a matter of adding building blocks. As building blocks are much smaller in hyperconvergence than in traditional integrated systems, this becomes a smaller step in terms of cost.

Look out for

Leading hyper-convergence vendors releasing new propositions in 2016. TransACT are working closely with these vendors to understand more please contact me directly at paul.thurman@transactts.co.uk