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.

Video: See how the City of Los Angeles used the HPE Hyper-Converged Systems to solve issues with space, overheating, and unplanned network downtime.

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:

  1. Mid-sized organizations that don’t have the IT bandwidth to maintain separate appliances such as servers and storage
  2. Organizations that are growing quickly or have an unanticipated surge in demand for resources
  3. Remote offices where IT staffing may be minimal
  4. 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).

Webinar: The Benefits of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for VDI Deployments.

Of course, nothing is 100% perfect. Now that we’ve covered what hyper-convergence is and how it can benefit your organization, in our next post, we’ll take a quick look at some of the challenges you should be aware of when considering hyper-converged appliances. Until then, we’d love to hear from you. Either ask your questions in the comment section below, or reach out to me directly at Glenn.Bontje@lvs1.com