There are many technologies available for businesses today, making the products impressive and the competition steep. The cloud makes it easier to share and access information, big data offers forecasts and unparalleled insights, and the Internet of Things (IoT) connects more people with more devices than ever. However, all this means one thing: the corporate world has more data than they know what to do with.
In the recent past, this problem was tackled with a skilled team of IT experts, each of whom would focus on their own role, collaborating with the plethora of other experts until an entire department was created. With them, a corporation could run smoothly. However, in the last two years, a new solution to the cluttered and overwhelming stack of data has emerged. It’s called hyper-converged infrastructure, and it’s catching on. Over 24 percent of businesses have one in place, and there are hopes of it becoming a $5 billion market by 2019.
With it being so young, many are still confused about what a hyper-converged infrastructure is and why they should have one. Let’s answer both questions:
What is a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?
In essence, it’s a Christmas present for all data centers. With pre-packed hardware and software, it cuts through the fluff of normal infrastructures and allows IT departments to manage all the data in one small, condensed, and manageable pool. For newer businesses, its hyper-appliances serve as the building blocks for data centers, making them easier to establish and simpler to run.
What are its Advantages?
1. Focused Service
A hyper-converged infrastructure is gauged around commodity x86 components, with the must-have abilities of storage, networking, and computing. However, it seeks to offer an edge by cutting corners – not lessening a data center’s abilities, but instead focusing its resources where it really matters. Most of the time, there will be extra attention paid to storage than to networking, helping balance the greater load.
2. Cost Savings
One of the most advantageous aspects of hyper-converged infrastructure is the lesser manpower required. Rather than having several IT experts collaborating together over a wide range of data, this infrastructure narrows it down and works out the fluff until fewer experts can work on it with the same efficiency. Beyond this, the structure of the software itself is made to save money. As software, it offers the same agility of the cloud with its remote access and low start-up fees, reducing the amount of equipment needed to implement it. With this, businesses can lower their expenses and enjoy the benefits with less outgoing cash than traditional infrastructures.
For a growing business, the scalability of equipment is high on the list of priorities. Luckily, that’s what hyper-converged infrastructure is all about. Businesses can choose the size of the step they’ll take towards the next level of infrastructure, making decisions based on their needs and pocketbook rather than being forced to the next level or held back in their current one.
Perhaps the most appealing advantage is its agility. As a compact system and as a software-based one, hyper-converged infrastructure is set around being customizable for businesses. Its lightweight design and low startup fees allow you to tailor it around the edges until it suits exactly the needs of your business, department, and data pool.
As the name would imply, this infrastructure is designed to gather together and condense data in a single pool, rather than letting it become fragmented throughout the system – which makes it both hard on your data center and your experts. By focusing the content itself, it becomes easier to process and offers faster results, making it possible for collaboration between departments to grow and even for businesses to make cuts where necessary. These are funds that can be allocated to more appropriate areas.
With modern businesses’ need for speed, agility, and a less cluttered data center, hyper-converged infrastructure has come along to offer the solution. As it is so young, it’s not yet hit its stride, but more businesses are discovering its advantages all the time. With popularity growing, by 2019, most corporations will have made the leap towards greater performance, savings, and efficiency.