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Hyper-convergence – why it matters and how your business can benefit

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Digital transformation never stops. New disruptors continue to enter existing marketplaces and upset the dominance of traditional incumbents. Business leaders looking to respond effectively must create a technology platform for change – hyper convergence provides that opportunity.

The digital transformation begins with a modern data centre, built on converged infrastructure that provides a simple and cost-effective process to both deploy and run IT. This infrastructure supports both core business systems and next-generation applications.

Many organisations will have already started the process of bringing their technology assets together. Hyper convergence provides a further layer of integration, helping CIOs to create a single, flexible platform for change that supports everything your business wants to achieve in terms of great customer experience.

What is a hyper converged infrastructure?

Convergent infrastructure architectureHyper convergence makes digital transformation easy. In a hyper-converged infrastructure, all the required virtualised compute, storage and networking assets are integrated nodes.  These virtualised computing resources in a single box are brought together to provide resiliency, high performance and flexible pooling.

Such scalability and flexibility means IT managers can build-out their IT resources as new business demands emerge. Hyper-converged assets are flexible in another way, too – the best platforms are easy to manage, meaning administrators can deploy virtualised infrastructure simply and cost effectively.

The benefits of hyper convergence are such that 70 per cent of IT managers plan to invest in hyper-converged systems during the next 24 months, reports ESG. These IT leaders are searching for trusted partners that will help integrate best-of-breed technologies and capabilities into a single, agile approach.

Why does hyper convergence matter?

Convergence is a way for IT managers to bring together the discrete hardware components in their business. Many businesses have already woken up to the power of convergence. ESG research suggests 85% of IT managers believe the foundation of their private cloud environment will be based on their existing investments in virtualised infrastructure.

However, many organisations still manage storage and networking infrastructure in discrete silos. This often leads to increased management complexity, higher costs, and protracted delays in delivering resources to support new business services.

Smart IT leaders are integrating their hardware and networking resources, and exploring how software-defined approaches can help deliver the benefits of on-demand IT to the business. Hyper-convergence provides this route to automation, allowing businesses to unify, virtualise and operationally automate the infrastructure stack.

What are the business benefits of hyper-convergence?

The best providers will find a way to help IT managers take advantage of the great work they’ve already done in regards to virtualisation. Look for a platform that allows your team to manage your mixed environments automatically through a single pane of glass.

ESG research suggests the best hyper-converged platforms can provide a doubling in performance in regards to your application workloads. These performance improvements can enhance service levels and boost infrastructure efficiencies. Focus on an approach that allows administrators to assign policies that ensure business-critical application performance remains consistent.

Remember that the fast pace of change in modern business means agility matters. The best hyper-converged systems provide flexible configuration and deployment options. More businesses, for example, continue to move towards an all-flash approach to storage, so look for a hyper-converged strategy that allows your business to make the most of its ever-changing configurations.


Mark Samuels

Mark Samuels

Mark Samuels is a business journalist specialising in IT leadership issues. Formerly editor at CIO Connect and features editor of Computing, he has written for various organisations, including the Economist Intelligence Unit, Guardian Government Computing and Times Higher Education. Mark is also a contributor for CloudPro, ZDNetUK, TechRepublic, ITPro, Computer Weekly, CBR, Financial Director, Accountancy Age, Educause, Inform and CIONET. Mark has extensive experience in writing on the topic of how CIO’s use and adopt technology in business.

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