3 Ideal Use Cases for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

You may be surprised by what can fit into a single platform with a hyperconverged solution. It combines server, storage and hypervisors to transform your infrastructure, resulting in a significant reduction in costs and reduced operational workload. Prior to hyperconvergence, many small businesses had constraints—such as network connectivity, and lack of IT staff and physical space—that prevented them from achieving the IT efficiencies that large corporations enjoy. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has shifted from processing and storing information in the central data center to relocating resources close to the source of the data: the edge. Check out three ideal use cases where HCI shines:

1. Edge computing

Edge computing describes computing activities that take place outside an organization’s data centers and cloud environments. One edge computing location is a remote/branch office location. HCI is a perfect fit for the traditional remote office/branch office (ROBO) model, since hyperconverged clusters can often start very small. Even the biggest enterprises have very small needs at the edge. The ability for an HCI deployment to scale down to support these environments is critical.

Moreover, this is one use case in which ease of use and simple scalability are truly key. Many edge environments don’t have dedicated IT staff, so the infrastructure deployed into those locations needs to be rock-solid and easily administered. It also must be scalable; if a store or office grows and needs more workload capacity, it should be easy to expand.

The needs around the edge are simplicity, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. HCI makes it possible for organizations to design a standard edge architecture and then deploy it as many times as necessary to support the needs of the business while retaining the ability to scale as needed.

2. Data center consolidation

Data center consolidation is a solution that combines a system of servers, storage and networking systems into a more efficient set of systems, allowing the operations team to easily manage their infrastructure, while freeing up IT teams to focus on other initiatives to push their business forward. It’s like doing less with more while ultimately improving the end-user experience. When you consolidate your data center operations, you don’t have to worry about managing separate silos and you can enjoy greater flexibility, especially as it pertains to capacity planning.

HCI allows for easy addition of nodes, giving you the flexibility to scale up and out and support an ever-expanding workload.

3. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

VDI and Desktops as a Service (DaaS) are two methods by which organizations seek to bring order to what can be desktop chaos. Around the time that HCI was originally hitting the market, CIOs and desktop architects were struggling with VDI deployments, and often giving up on the promise of the technology. Often, VDI failure was due to underperforming storage, as well as sheer architectural complexity.

HCI collapsed the hard parts of VDI into a single appliance, often configured with just enough flash storage to help organizations ride out the boot and login storms that threatened previous efforts. HCI scales out easily as your needs grow, allowing you to add more nodes to your infrastructure, resulting in increased performance and enabling your storage system to do more work in less time.

Greater scalability means the ability to manage the exponential growth of data being created by the Internet of Things (IoT), videos, photos, files and apps. The flexibility to add more storage space to your system brings added value to handling your diverse workloads, and ensures that your infrastructure can endure the data requirements of the future.

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Sirius delivers robust and agile solutions to transform your business and create brighter outcomes, helping you optimize your computing platform. Our architects and experts can guide you in what works best for your specific environments and workloads.

If you are looking for a more cost-efficient and simpler way to consolidate your data center, reach out to a Sirius representative today.

By |2021-01-11T16:30:54-06:00January 15th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on 3 Ideal Use Cases for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

About the Author:

Ken Howell is a Storage and Converged Architect with Sirius Computer Solutions.