In our last post, we talked a little bit about what hyper-convergence is and how it has taken the idea of converged infrastructure to the next level. In this post, we’ll do a deeper dive into the benefits of hyper-convergence and discuss some common scenarios where hyper-convergence can play a big role.
Hybrid IT: Not Everything Needs to be in the Cloud
While it can seem like everyone is moving to the cloud, there are a number of reasons companies, large and small, choose to maintain an on-premises data center. The most common reasons cited are concerns over security* or data availability. Of course, both public and private clouds offer tremendous benefits as well such as improved agility, faster provisioning of resources, lower investment in infrastructure, etc.
*Security and compliance are often not as much of an issue as they are made out to be. Learn more here.
Regardless of the reasons, many organizations opt for a hybrid environment where they are running compute and data storage resources across a mix of environments, e.g., an on-premises data center plus a private hosted cloud.
Benefits of Hyper-Convergence
Hyper-converged appliances are made for organizations like these. To understand why, let’s take another quick look at the benefits of hyper-convergence that we identified in the last post. Here’s that list again:
- Less hardware to purchase and maintain
- Smaller footprint
- Expand capacity faster
- One vendor for support
- No component compatibility issues
- Management is simplified
For Long View clients, these benefits address two main categories of need:
- Efficiency – This is especially important for those organizations that do not have the IT bandwidth to manage complexity, e.g., remote offices, mid-sized organizations, over-burdened IT departments, etc.
- Agility – Once you have the box, HPE’s hyper-convergence solutions can have you up and running in minutes. No need to spend months ramping up capacity to support the company’s latest initiative.
4 + 1 Common Use Cases
So, if we think about these benefits, it’s pretty easy to see how hyper-convergence fits into these four common use cases:
- Mid-sized organizations that don’t have the IT bandwidth to maintain separate appliances such as servers and storage
- Organizations that are growing quickly or have an unanticipated surge in demand for resources
- Remote offices where IT staffing may be minimal
- Line of business units that need fast access to resources in support of key initiatives
Plus One: VDI — Without getting too far into the weeds, hyper-convergence also removes many of the complexities for companies deploying VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure).