It’s hard to believe, but the concept of hyperconvergence is no longer new. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) models and solutions are now a legitimate way to wrangle cost savings and efficiency out of your data center. Of course, as with any technology some hiccups are discovered on the journey from the bleeding edge to the mainstream.
Hyperconvergence is no different. KeyInfo partner Cisco recognized these limitations, and set out to help resolve them with its latest HyperFlex release. Learn more about three areas where hyperconverged infrastructure has met some challenges, and how HyperFlex aims to help solve them.
Scale compute and capacity INDEPENDENTLY
One of the biggest promises of the cloud is virtually unlimited scalability. One of the things many companies realize once they do their research, however, is that while scaling is certainly easier than on-premise, it’s not always exactly how you’d like. For example, sometimes you need to scale with a new node, even though you may not need extra compute.
Hyperflex lets your company scale compute and capacity completely independently. No need to add a whole new node if all you need is extra storage. If you’re short on CPU, you can simply add a blade server. This flexibility guarantees you can keep costs as low as possible, only adding just what you need, when you need it.
A potential downside of hyperconverged solutions is that they often require different skillsets to manage than a traditional data center. This obviously doesn’t fit with the goal is cost savings and efficiency — no company wants to have to implement a new management paradigm for a solution that’s supposed to be easier and less expensive than other alternatives.
HyperFlex is built on UCS, letting you use the ubiquitous UCS manager, which is so popular in virtualized environments. From deployment to management to expansion, companies can continue to use a technology they’re used to, eliminating the need for training on a new management system, or worse, having to hire new personnel.
The previous two benefits are certainly nice, but let’s get to what you’re really worried about — cost. We all know that the cloud, and hyperconverged solutions, can save serious money if done right. However, many companies are finding that the cost savings aren’t exactly what they expected. From building out network connections, and other factors, strictly economic benefits can be more difficult to come by than expected.
Thanks in part to the benefits mentioned above, Cisco reports that HyperFlex can save a company 50 percent over some traditional cloud and hyperconverged services in the course of three years. The situation Cisco considered is really interesting, and detailed, and worth checking out, here.
Hyperconvergence isn’t quite mainstream yet, but it’s well on the way. With providers like Cisco working out the kinks, it’s definitely worth a look for any company looking for more of an edge in their data center operations. Put another way: every company is looking for an edge.
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Cisco Practice Leader
Key Information Systems, Inc.