Break Free from Legacy IT

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) integrates the elements of traditional three-tier datacenter architecture — compute, storage and networking — to simplify operations and dramatically increase IT’s ability to scale and respond to modern business requirements.

It elegantly bridges the gap between complex, expensive and slow-to-provision datacenter silos on one side and, on the other, the loss of control, visibility, and security that comes with running all applications and workloads in the public cloud. It achieves this with a cloud-compatible, virtualized and modular approach — pooling shared compute and storage  resources that can be scaled out and consumed as needed, regardless of location. This cloudlike provisioning of resources means that IT can meet line of business demands, heading off the dreaded “shadow IT” phenomenon.

Hyperconverged Platforms Solve Datacenter Challenges

Hyperconverged platforms are simple in theory. Centrally managed, a hypervisor controls virtualized compute and storage resources in a node (including key network functions), and nodes can be clustered to scale. Often this solution runs on commodity hardware, which makes procurement quick and easy. When more compute and/or storage resources are needed, it is easy to add new nodes to the cluster with off-the-shelf x86 servers. 

For organizations modernizing their datacenter infrastructure, including those adopting hybrid or multicloud computing, hyperconvergence makes a lot of financial and operational sense. In fact, Gartner predicts that 70% of enterprises will be running some form of hyperconverged infrastructure by 2023. Further, as HCI becomes common, public cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft and Google are making it easier for organizations to connect their on-premises HCI platforms to public cloud for effective hybrid and/or multicloud deployments.

Going forward, look for the continued evolution of hyperconverged platforms to focus on supporting the considerable requirements of DevOps initiatives with infrastructure that is open, automated, containerized and application-centric. Talk to a Structured account manager today for details.