Hyperconverged infrastructure, or unified computing, is helping organizations modernize their data center technology by eliminating siloed architectures and consolidating resources. By pooling server, storage, networking, and software into a family of shared resources, converged infrastructures deliver some compelling organizational benefits that are helping to drive its adoption and success.
We’ve highlighted the benefits of HCI in previous blog posts, but let’s review them again. They’re compelling!
Benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure
- 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 nimbler organization that can react to market demands quickly, creating a competitive advantage.
In a report last month, Forrester highlighted the Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) market for Q3, 2018, featuring the 11 providers that matter and compared their offerings. All of ASGs partners were cited as strong performers or leaders, as HCI becomes more mainstream as an offering. What’s interesting in the report is some of the factors why HCI is becoming so popular. It builds on our benefits above. Here are three additional benefits that Forrester cites:
- A growing ecosystem of certified business-critical applications. With a couple of years of maturity under our belts, more and more business application providers are certifying their solutions with HCI vendors, helping to advance adoption.
- Enabling on-premises Iaas and hybrid cloud. More and more partnerships with large cloud providers, means HCI offerings are poised to deliver hybrid and IaaS solutions, building off the unification of compute and storage.
- Technology that is more dependable than HCI predecessors. HCI vendors, according to Forrester, “are developing algorithms that increase the reliability of systems to a level far higher than was possible in disparate compute and storage silos. I&O pros now have better levers like erasure coding, scale-out deployments, spread-out data placement, and nondisruptive rolling upgrades that increase the reliability of their HCI systems.”
The costs of hyperconverged infrastructure are dropping, making it more affordable and attainable today than ever before—especially for small businesses looking to start small and grow in modest increments. NetApp, Nutanix, VMware, Cisco, and HPE all performed very well in Forrester’s evaluation. You can check them all out in our iLab.