The pace of change of the IT landscape is phenomenal. The widespread penetration of social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies has completely redefined the business environment. Enterprise competence and performance is increasingly being evaluated based on its ability to adapt to new technologies quickly. There is therefore the pressing need to improvise, innovate and constantly upgrade the way we do things, to optimize time, cost and effort efficiency and utilization.
Data Center management is also witnessing groundbreaking changes. Hyperconvergence, a revolutionary approach to Data Center operations, is taking the industry by storm.
Hyperconvergence integrates storage, computing, networking and virtualized machines to create a single platform that serves as a hyper converged infrastructure. Driven by a software centric architecture it also boasts of superior machine intelligence while enabling a never-before level of flexibility, manageability and operational efficiency.
From Convergence to Hyperconvergence
Convergence, a precursor to Hyperconvergence has been around for some time now. Legacy systems data centers are two tiered: the Storage tier which stores data and virtual machines and the Compute Tier that supports execution by the virtual machines. Convergence technology combines the two tiers and using software defined networking, reduces operational costs and improves flexibility.
Hyperconvergence, however goes a step further. It compresses the two tiers into a single unit. Using the same networking techniques but in combination with the single integrated unit, it creates a single appliance that offers computing, storage and networking, all in one. Depending on business requirements, additional appliances can be added to create a cluster. Each added appliance increases the collective capacity while also allowing shared nodes offering enterprises an unbeatable rack and stack advantage.
Why Hyperconvergence Makes Business Sense
In contrast with the transitory nature of technologies, business drivers remain the same; the focus is quality products and services delivery but at the lowest cost, in the shortest time frame. In this regard, Hyperconvergence is a clear winner.
Saves significant CAPEX: By eliminating the need for separate hardware, it reduces your capital expenditure budget. Ideal for businesses with branches across multiple geos, it is also perfect for organizations with fluctuating infrastructure requirements with its scalability
Rapid deployment: Hyperconverged solutions reduce deployment days drastically from months to just days saving precious man-hours and ensuring minimal disruption to business.
Considerable OPEX Savings: Hyperconverged infrastructure overcomes the issues of data center silos with a single platform that integrates compute, storage and networking. This greatly enhances operational ease while reducing the need for maintenance.
Outlook for Hyperconvergence
Gartner reports state that since inception, 9000 businesses have adopted this architecture. Data indicates that early adopters were typically smaller businesses and startups. From tentative deployments of hyperconverged infrastructure on virtual desktops to moving onto to virtualized workloads that include mission critical applications, Hyperconvergence has been steadily gaining ground.
In fact, Gartner Inc forecasts that the market for hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) will grow 79 percent to reach almost $2 billion in 2016.
Hyperconvergence has come a long way from its early beginnings in 2001 when VMware virtualized the first x86 servers, to the present where we have software defined data centers. However its progress, according to Gartner, will depend much on related developments in hardware and software technologies, such as networking and software defined enterprises. Perhaps the final frontier for Hyperconvergence will be a completely flexible, fully software intelligence defined infrastructure?