Blog7 Factors to Look for In a Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution

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A recent report from IDG (PDF), sponsored by DellEMC and Intel, reported some significant business benefits from using hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). According to the report:

85% of IT leaders say their companies already use or are planning to use hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). Implementers report lower costs, improved customer experience, better productivity, and increased efficiency from their HCI deployment.

We’ve highlighted numerous benefits of deploying hyperconverged infrastructure in past blogs and to summarize some of them:

  • Consistent and common management platform. Without the siloes currently found in most data center technologies and platforms, hyperconverged infrastructures help you streamline your IT staff and train them more effectively.
  • A clear and more efficient path to 100Gbs. Performance upgrades are easier to implement with the common protocols and fabrics inherent in a hyperconverged infrastructure.
  • Improved data center scalability and flexibility. Hyperconverged infrastructures deliver the scalability and flexibility that help you meet internal needs for other on-demand services or private cloud computing solutions.
  • Faster resource provisioning. With hyperconverged systems, application deployment is easier and faster, helping you meet internal client needs without affecting service level agreements (SLAs).
  • Lower total cost of ownership (TCO).Improved automation means that cumbersome manual processes are eliminated, reducing the number of required man hours and driving down TCO.
  • Better organizational agility. All of these benefits ultimately deliver a more nimble organization that can react to market demands quickly, creating a competitive advantage.

In the DellEMC – Intel sponsored IDG report, there were some very helpful evaluation criteria that should be kept top-of-mind when looking for a hyperconverged infrastructure provider. Here are 7 features from IDG that you should look for:

  1. The hyperconverged infrastructure solution should integrate compute, network, software-defined store, and virtualization technologies into a single system.
  2. It should support high performance and security levels for mission-critical applications.
  3. It should interoperate with cloud-based applications and infrastructures.
  4. It should make infrastructure deployment simple and fast for easy scalability, operations, and management.
  5. It should define features and functions in software to meet changing business needs.
  6. It should offer a single point of product support lifecycle management for IT cost efficiencies.
  7. It should provide a flexible platform for future technologies.

The HCI offering from Dell EMC provides a simplistic, agile, and scalable solution designed with next-generation technologies. You can check out Dell EMC’s hyperconverged solution at their website or download the IDG analyst report here.

About the Author

Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist

Throughout his twenty-five year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist at ASG, Dustin uses his advanced understanding of cloud compute models to help customers develop and align their cloud strategies with their business objectives. His master-level engineering knowledge spans storage, systems, and networking.