Consolidating and modernizing, increasing data protection.
The great thing about hyperconvergence is that it doesn’t necessarily require you to replace existing infrastructure in order to be of immediate value. Here are seven ways that you can gain hyperconvergence benefits starting now:
Consolidating servers and data center. Are you tackling a new consolidation project or building a new data center? Leading hyperconvergence vendors provide products that integrate seamlessly with your existing environment. The right hyperconverged solution can solve your immediate challenges and produce major benefits.
Modernizing technology smoothly. The beauty of hyper- convergence is its nondisruptive implementation. The hyperconverged environment is part of your overall environment, so you can phase in new architecture while you phase out the old, implementing and expanding as funds allow. If applications in the legacy environment need the storage performance provided by the hyperconverged environment, they can leverage those resources.
Deploying new tier-1 applications. Is your existing environment suitable for new tier-1 workloads? Rather than simply throwing more resources at an outdated environment, deploy the new workload in a hyperconverged environment to gain the inherent operational benefits. As time goes on, you can start bringing the rest of your infrastructure into the same architecture with easy-to-add, LEGO-like efficiency.
Deploying VDI. Resource islands are established in large part due to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) needs. However, the way that IT implements these resource islands means that they’re forever separate. By deploying your VDI project in a hyperconverged infrastructure, you don’t face resource challenges that require you to create these islands. When the VDI project is out of the way and the rest of your environment becomes eligible for renewal, you can slide everything to the hyperconverged environment with ease.
Managing sites remotely. In a hyperconverged environ- ment, the entire infrastructure is controlled by a single management system. Remote resources can be managed as though they were local resources. There’s no need to have remote personnel perform manual operations such as running backup jobs or creating logical unit numbers (LUNs) or quality-of-service policies. The data efficiency technology allows backups to be simplified in the remote office and offsite copies to be automatically sent to headquarters, another remote office, or even the cloud. This enables centralization of administrative resources, providing staffing economies of scale.
Performing testing and development. Many organizations operate test and development (test/dev) environments so that bad code isn’t released into production. Hyperconvergence supports test/dev and production needs, with management tools that can help you create logical separations between these functions. Unfortunately, many organizations give short shift to test/ dev and run it on lower-class hardware, which doesn’t really make sense. This greater IT agility will keep developers in house instead of building their own Shadow IT in the public cloud.
Modernizing backup and implementing disaster recovery. If you don’t do a good job with either backup or disaster recovery, run — don’t walk — toward hyperconvergence as your infrastructure architecture. Hyperconverged infrastructure eliminates the complexity that can be inherent in these operations. In IT, simplicity is the new mantra, and hyperconvergence is one of the simplest ways to achieve your backup and disaster recovery goals.