In data storage, convergence is where it’s at

Data Storage - HyperconvergenceThe title of this post sums it up nicely: convergence is, in fact, where it’s at. The amount of data that companies are inundated with is increasing, literally, by the day. Storing and making the best use of this data, along with the other complex tasks your IT department is tasked with, requires a different way of looking at things. This is where convergence comes in.

Convergence is new enough that it helps to start with a quick definition. As we put it in a recent blog post about hyperconvergence: “Any infrastructure or architecture where you provision your storage, compute, networking and virtualized containers from a centralized management system falls under [the hyperconvergence] label.”

To put more details around what exactly a hyperconverged architecture is, IDC provides a few more benchmarks. According to the analyst firm, a hyperconverged architecture:

  • Combines compute and storage into a single integrated solution, natively;
  • Couples data and compute to minimize (or eliminate) the need for data to move from the compute layer and back; and
  • Scales out architectures that expand through clustering and management federation.

This differs greatly from how IT has run in the past. In more traditional IT, there are numerous physical servers and shared storage arrays in place. The next step, server-based software defined storage (SDS), gives IT virtualized servers with a shared storage array and centralized management. This is, obviously, a nice step up from what the market had in the past.

Hyperconvergence takes this idea to its next logic level. With a hyperconverged environment, you can have an appliance with virtualized servers and a shared storage array, while continuing to have centralized management.

All these things are great, but how do they benefit your organization? Through our partnership with HPE, we help clients get the most out of hyperconvergence’s potential. By combining HP primary storage (3PAR StoreServe), HP software defined storage (StoreVirtual) and HP BURA, you can implement a truly converged storage strategy, and reap benefits like:

  • Deployment speed: Tools like start-up wizards take the pain out of setup.
  • Efficiency: HPE’s solutions offer compact specs, reducing the solution’s physical footprint, power and cooling needs.
  • Modularity: HPE’s solutions combine resources with modular building block appliances.
  • Scalability: These solutions offer scale-out architecture and a highly available platform.

Convergence helps IT teams simplify operations and stay ahead of the curve.

Need help with your hyperconvergence strategy? Let’s talk.

 

Lief MorinLief Morin
Chief Executive Officer

Key Information Systems, Inc.