3) Accelerate Time to Market
In this era of exponential business opportunities as well as competition, the organisation that gets a head start in providing a product or service gains a significant advantage. IT is under tremendous pressure to identify ways to break down barriers that limit business growth and find new, faster, cheaper ways to deliver an agile infrastructure.
To support business’ demands of speed and agility, most IT departments simply add new servers thus adding more complexity to the data center. By combining servers, storage and networking hardware and management, IT teams can deliver infrastructure in minutes rather than weeks or months, while freeing up their time for higher level tasks.
4) Reduce costs and improve Return on Investment
IT infrastructure typically relies on IT departments to forecast future performance, availability, and capacity needs at the time of initial purchase. Resources are purchased up front and provisioned over the life of the systems, placing an enormous burden on budgets and increasing the initial capital outlay. This can turn into a nightmare in the case of incorrect forecasts or a sudden surge in business demand.
Hyperconverged infrastructure allows IT teams to start small and easily scale out on demand. The modular-building-block approach allows enterprises to take small incremental steps — in some cases a single node, rather than make the significant upfront investments required by traditional integrated systems.
5) ‘Single Pane of Glass’ Management
One of the biggest issue with IT is separate hardware management consoles managed by different groups of people. Irrespective of whether it is the management of servers, storage or network, this groups have a unique management console from storage devices and optimizers to load balancers and hypervisors.
A single, centralised, easy-to-use administrative system can save an organisation the finger pointing and blame game that starts when something goes wrong. Hyperconvergence solves this issue by providing a single in-depth diagnostics tool with built-in monitoring capabilities which proactively alert administrators to change configurations in case of error. Organisations no longer require multiple management tools as all operations are performed from a virtualization-centric mind set.
Is HCI the New Natural?
The ability of Hyperconverged infrastructure to eliminate the rigidity, complexity, expense, and latency often associated with traditional IT, has made it an attractive choice for large companies.
In fact, Gartner predicts that Hyperconverged infrastructure will be the fastest-growing segment of the overall market for integrated systems, reaching almost $5 billion, which is 24 percent of the market, by 2019.
According to Han Chon, Director – Data Center Group Asia Pacific, Lenovo, Hyperconvergence moves away from a traditional mindset and represents a disruptive force. “The technology has matured, and we are witnessing an increase in use cases with organisations migrating more and more workloads to these systems. It is important for any organisation looking to invest in the infrastructure or update their infrastructure to have a vision of what they want their data center to be, and make that choice accordingly.”
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