Recently, I’ve noticed a shift in conversations about hyperconverged infrastructure. It’s not that they happen less often – quite the opposite – or that the meat of every discussion has changed. The difference happened slowly, but looking back, it’s striking: I don’t need to start every conversation with a definition about what “hyperconvergence” truly means.
Of course, it will be a long time before hyperconverged infrastructure no longer needs a definition. As adoption rates increase and data center leaders become more interested in the approach, however, hyperconvergence is becoming more pervasive in IT discussions and the industry’s collective vocabulary.
Recently, Key Information Systems President Leif Morin joined a panel of solution providers at The Channel Company’s NexGen Cloud conference to discuss why hyperconverged infrastructure appeals to organizations, how hyperconverged solutions have adapted since the days of early adoption, and how solution providers can ensure the technology’s successful rollout for new users. Below are three takeaways from the panel, which double as tips for ensuring your organization is prepared to expand the value of a hyperconverged path.
- Simplicity is driving the need for hyperconverged infrastructure. A hyperconverged platform – combining server, storage, virtualization and networking solutions – can simplify an organization’s IT approach.
- Intelligent systems are in demand – and that includes hyperconverged systems. While early adopters of hyperconverged platforms applied the technology to limited workloads, such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), today’s organizations are interested in intelligent IT systems. That interest results in a focus on performance management, cloud strategies, and hyperconverged adoption for “hardcore” applications.
- Start with TCO analysis for a successful hyperconverged deployment. Dan Molina, CTO of Nth Generation, said although a full TCO study can be challenging, it helps organizations plan for downtime and fit a hyperconverged strategy to their systems’ needs in the long run. Ken Payne, chief technologist at Abba Technologies, added that an initial TCO analysis can identify major savings over time when hyperconverged platforms are compared to traditional infrastructures.
Hyperconverged environments have proven to be secure, compatible with machine learning solutions and ideal springboards for next-generation technology. As further evidence of the trend taking root in the IT space, major technology vendors have released solutions that support a hyperconverged approach. For example, IBM’s Spectrum Software products deliver storage tailored for a hyperconverged environment. Over time, this support will translate into hyperconverged solutions that are increasingly efficient, cost-effective and customized for the organizations leveraging them.
Learn how IBM Spectrum Software is supporting the hyperconverged future of IT.
Director of Marketing
Key Information Systems, Inc.