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Top 7 Reasons to Adopt a Hyperconvergence Strategy

Software-defined data centers bring cost savings and scalability to compute, storage and networking functions.
  • July 17, 2017

The demand for IT resources is under unprecedented pressure. The rise of Big Data, the consumerization of technology and the explosion of network-enabled devices create a need for data centers that can both handle the load generated by these requirements and respond dynamically to changing demands. A few years ago, reconfiguring data centers for new needs required substantial planning, lead time to order appropriate equipment and careful architectural design. Today, the advent of hyperconverged infrastructure means data centers can be flexible and scalable, allowing for rapid reconfiguration of equipment at a cost-effective price.

From the CIO’s perspective, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) makes financial sense. Organizations can purchase the core building blocks of compute, storage and networking in modular units and take advantage of hyperconvergence software to reallocate those resources as needed. Essentially, hyperconvergence brings the scalability and simplicity of the cloud to enterprise data centers — without requiring siloed technical expertise to configure and manage different layers of the technology stack. This technology makes the software-defined data center a practical reality.

$5 billion

The estimated size of the hyperconverged infrastructure market by 2019

Source: Gartner, “Gartner Says Hyperconverged Integrated Systems Will Be Mainstream in Five Years,” May 2016

Modernize the Data Center

HCI offers seven key benefits to organizations seeking to modernize their data centers.

  1. Scalability and Flexibility: Hyperconvergence allows technology teams to meet dynamically changing business requirements for IT resources by shifting resources between workloads on a just-in-time basis. The IT infrastructure scales in a flexible manner that matches the needs of the organization, rather than expecting the organization to adapt to the capacity of the technology platform.
  2. Quick Deployment: In addition to rapidly reallocating resources between applications, the use of commodity hardware in HCI environments lets the organization rapidly deploy additional storage and computing capacity in the proportions demanded by business workloads.
  3. Data Protection: Consolidating storage within the HCI platform lets organizations rethink their data protection solutions and manage data protection across the entire infrastructure, rather than server by server.
  4. Workload Mobility: The dynamic nature of HCI facilitates the easy migration of IT applications and workloads across platforms as needs change and capacity fluctuates.
  5. High Availability: HCI allows organizations to improve fault tolerance by adding a layer of high availability. In addition to managing availability at the application layer, organizations can leverage redundancy in their HCI platform to isolate workloads from the impact of failed computing nodes and storage devices.
  6. Data Efficiency: HCI delivers greater performance in a smaller form factor, improving the efficiency of storage solutions. HCI platforms can integrate traditional spinning disks and solid-state drives and shift data between storage media to efficiently balance performance and cost.
  7. Cost-efficiency: HCI eliminates the need for dramatic overprovisioning, allowing the organization to purchase additional capacity when it is needed and to share capacity among workloads to meet peak demand, without having storage and compute resources sitting idle.

These benefits form the core argument for the use of HCI as the foundation of on-premises enterprise data centers. As organizations shift greater proportions of their workloads to HCI, they will achieve corresponding increases in efficiency, flexibility and mobility while decreasing their capital infrastructure expenditures.

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To learn more about the benefits of hyperconvergence, read the CDW white paper
“Hyperconverged Infrastructure: The Power to Simplify IT.”


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