Hyperconvergence and Multi-Cloud: Like Peanut Butter and Jelly
This is the 5th installment of our 10-part series on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), and having covered security previously, we now move on to multi-cloud environments.
Operationally, the public cloud carries with it a lot of benefits, including on-demand provisioning, a consumption-based expense model, no practical scaling limits, and much more, which enables faster time to value for new initiatives. It’s also accessible from pretty much anywhere on the planet.
That’s why a huge number of organizations are adopting cloud computing, either fully or partially. In the same way, they’re also implementing HCI, given its significant advantages over traditional data center paradigms.
But you may not realize that HCI is a great enabler of cloud computing in all its forms, including private, public, and hybrid clouds. The two technologies are largely complimentary, and the combination of both can be very powerful in terms of modernizing your operations.
Simply put, HCI can be the core of your multi-cloud environment. Your HCI deployment might be tricking you into thinking that you’re still living squarely in the confines of the private cloud, but nothing could be further from the truth. More than likely, you’re operating workloads in public clouds, too. This means that you have, at a minimum, a hybrid cloud architecture; and more than likely, a multi-cloud mashup.
The problem is that the more discrete services you operate, the more complex things become and the harder it is to secure it all. With the right HCI solution sitting at the center of all this, you might run into a wildly different situation.
That’s what on-premises hyperconvergence should look like: it should resemble the core of an expanded platform that provides hooks into the multi-cloud infrastructure and acts as the conductor in a multi-cloud orchestra.
For example, your HCI solution might watch for diversion from security best practices across both the on-premises and cloud components of the environment. It might have the ability to keep an eye on web-centric database platforms or provide container services that span the public and private cloud.
Another possible use is to make it possible to deploy Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), both in the cloud and as a part of an on-premises offering.
Regardless of you how deploy HCI, the right solution becomes the very core of your architecture, with support for additional layers that can expand your on-premises capabilities or seamlessly extends into the cloud.
The services provided via this expanded set of capabilities makes it far easier to support and maintain the quickly-growing needs and services of the modern enterprise, no matter where they reside.
A bit part of that maintenance, of course, is management. That’s what we dive into next.