When we address a problem, we are often told to look within ourselves for the answer. For example, maybe you aren’t seeing eye-to-eye with a colleague. You might ask yourself: How could I communicate my point better? Is there a way we could compromise that I haven’t thought of? By asking yourself these types of questions, the answer may reveal itself.
Now think about your current IT situation and the questions you should be asking yourself about your business: With our server room overwhelmed, what should we virtualize and how? Which hardware is becoming outdated and should be replaced? How could I make things easier for our IT team?
Unlike when asking yourself questions to solve a problem, this IT investigation may be best answered by a hyper-converged infrastructure, which can help further the progress you have been seeking from your IT environment.
In our spring cleaning blog, we discussed hyper-convergence as one way to clean up your existing infrastructure. Here are some other benefits that hyper-converged infrastructures can offer businesses:
Trimming the Fat
In a converged infrastructure, each of the components from servers to storage maintains their functionality as an individual component that can still be used for the original intended purpose. In a hyper-converged infrastructure, the technology is integrated and can no longer be broken out into separate components. This software-defined method blends together preconfigured compute, storage, networking, and virtualization resources all in one box so that businesses can be more agile and gain more control.
Adoptable? You Bet Ya
Kate Davis told HPStorageGuy Calvin Zito, “Now is the time that people are really getting into software defined... When you talk about hyper convergence and the benefits and the simplicity that appliance model brings to them, they really look at it and see even more opportunities for their business.” The solution is simple for companies to adopt because the appliance software, or the physical piece of hardware that is the hyper-converged solution, is optimized, ready to go, and can be provisioning within 15 minutes.
Simplify Virtualized Environments
Even if your business has become virtualized in some capacity, InformationWeek said the virtualized environment could still be cumbersome. The independence of the various pieces of technologies – like servers, networking hardware, and storage – causes deployment issues. By bringing compute power and storage entities together, hyper-convergence allows teams to access one pool of resources and simplify the virtualized environment. Accessing the systems through one management interface results in greater on-demand capacity and faster deployments.
Less Options Translates to Better Outcomes
With the appliance being so easy to plug-and-play, the complexities involved with building infrastructure elements go away. You no longer have to spend time choosing processors, hardware, storage systems, and other systems because the highly optimized appliance has it all built in. Furthermore, the set configuration solution offers high availability, and if your storage requires more scalability, internal disks allow you to just add another pre-configured and ready-to-go appliance. Again, this translates to less required decision-making time and more immediate power.
If you think back to those internal questions, you may have gone on to ask, “Which companies would I consider for a better IT solution?” Consider the Hewlett Packard Enterprise hyper-converged appliance, created for companies seeking nimbleness and adaptability. In the HPE hyper-converged appliance, the hardware is HPE, the firmware is HPE, the drivers, the distribution package is HPE created, the storage technology is HPE. What’s inside the box matches the name outside the box.