With the growing trend toward digital transformation, and increased expectations on IT leaders to manage more with less money, one type of architecture has been steadily growing in popularity due to its ability to dramatically simplify day-to-day data center operations.
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) was introduced in 2014, and has since been used to advance resource utilization, increase business agility and improve IT staff productivity in x86 environments. This software-centric framework integrates storage, compute, virtualization resources and storage networking — all the fundamentals of a traditional data center — into a single, unified appliance. HCI architecture solves multiple common business problems by consolidating disparate data centers, offering built-in data protection and disaster recovery, and providing cost-effective scalability and centralized management.
In contrast to its early years, the hyperconverged platform of today is being implemented quickly and by a broader range of organizations that are depending on it to run mission-critical and analytical workloads. This is due to recent major advancements in HCI technology, including higher availability, unlimited scalability, centralized management tools and simple, seamless workload movement. These advancements, combined with continuous improvements in processor performance and storage capacities as well as declining hardware costs, allow IT leaders to focus solely on optimizing their data center operations and reducing costs.
Since hyperconverged technology was originally designed to run almost exclusively in x86 environments, organizations utilizing IBM Power Systems servers were all but excluded from the HCI market that has so rapidly infiltrated enterprise data centers — until now. IBM and Nutanix have recently collaborated to introduce an enterprise cloud infrastructure designed to deliver the simplicity of a public cloud, with the control and security of an on-premises solution.
IBM Hyperconverged Systems powered by Nutanix is a next-generation solution that combines the data-intensive application performance and analytic workload capacities of IBM Power Systems with the quick deployment and turnkey infrastructure of a Nutanix hyperconverged appliance. This integrated platform is designed to handle the most demanding cognitive, mission-critical and transactional workloads with an infrastructure that is simple, secure, scalable and reliable. The combination of IBM Power architecture and Nutanix web-scale technology creates a modernized enterprise-grade hardware platform that delivers unmatched performance with an award-winning operating system that allows for simplified management of hundreds of applications.
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