What you’ll need to know about hyperconvergence in 2017

hyperconvergenceHyperconvergence adoption rates are still modest, so before I tell you what you need to know about this trend, let me start by telling you what it is. Any infrastructure or architecture where you provision your storage, compute, networking and virtualized containers from a centralized management system falls under this label. As IT teams move through their tech updates in the months ahead, more organizations will be talking about hyperconvergence and how it can help simplify all of their operations.

At the same time, hyperconvergence is getting even more worthy of the attention. Here’s how:

Hyperconvergence is more secure.
Given the threat landscape, security is generally the No. 1 question about any new technology, so let’s cover it first. Major providers are embedding security into their hyperconverged offerings. These features will inspect East-West traffic flows, encrypt data and even provide physical security. In the meantime, security vendors that make products ranging from firewalls to DDoS are expanding their offerings and bundling solutions that can be integrated into hyperconverged architecture.

Hyperconvergence is adopting machine learning.
IT architecture management is a challenge for any team constrained by budget or headcount (so, essentially, for every team). Policy-driven, intelligent workload placement technology can ease the burden on teams that would otherwise need to spend a lot of personnel hours evaluating performance SLAs as workloads and patterns change over time. Machine learning reduces the need for human management of IT architectures, and it will enable hyperconverged environments to recommend the best possible performance the entire IT environment.

Hyperconvergence is a welcoming platform for next-gen tech.
Technology such as non-volatile memory express (NVME), 3D Crosspoint, Purley and more are all poised to go mainstream. When they do, hyperconverged architecture will be ready to take advantage of their benefits. IBM is also gearing up for a hyperconverged future with its Spectrum Software products, designed to run storage in hyperconverged environments.

As hyperconvergence becomes less something we have to define and more something we deploy, fewer data center leaders will be interested in managing external storage architecture – whether for block, file or object storage. As hyperconvergence becomes more pervasive, we’ll see less provisioning complexity and more resource efficiencies, resulting in significant economic benefits.

Contact us to learn more about IBM Spectrum Software and its role in a hyperconverged future.


Lief Morin

Key Information Systems, Inc.