Put IT operations into hyper-drive with hyperconvergence

Hyperconverged infrastructure solutions work at the speed of cloud but without the usual cloud concerns over shadow IT, hidden costs, and security – and, more importantly, without creating new islands of technology.

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IT is under pressure to accomplish more, faster than ever before. The business landscape is intensely competitive, and disruption in one form or another is a regular occurrence. Time is the new currency, and time-to-market with a new service can be the difference between winning and losing. To survive and thrive in this new environment, IT needs to deliver infrastructure that puts operations into hyper-drive, one that moves at the speed users have come to expect and doesn’t slow down operations with time-consuming management and maintenance tasks. Simply put, simplicity equals speed, and speed is exactly what you need to respond to the volatility of present market conditions.

IT leaders are looking for solutions that are quick and easy to deploy. This is where, at first glance, public cloud can seem like an attractive option because it effectively outsources core IT operations. The idea is that you get the infrastructure that you need, when you need it, and you don’t have to worry about the messy details. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

There’s always a catch

Not every application or workload is right for public cloud. The cloud may be a good option for certain applications – email, for example – freeing up IT to focus on apps that are critical to the business. But most organizations have some applications and data – social security numbers, credit card information, for instance – that they would prefer to keep on-premises. Outsourcing your data center infrastructure raises questions about control, support, and accountability.

While these issues are well known, many organizations accept the risks because of the perception that the public cloud delivers unprecedented speed; however, few organizations actually achieve that promised speed. Cloud applications typically run in web browsers, effectively adding another layer of abstraction to your workloads and slowing them down. Users routinely find that cloud-based apps run slower than their offline alternatives. The cloud also depends entirely on a reliable and fast Internet connection; a relatively minor connectivity issue has the potential to shut down an entire business. In addition, the public cloud enables the lines of business to work outside of IT, disguises and hides IT costs, and puts reliability and security in the hands of others.

One such alternative is hyperconverged infrastructure, an on-premises solution that can match cloud’s speed, convenience, and economics, while providing superior visibility and manageability. Hyperconverged solutions package compute, storage, and virtualization resources into a single box, creating a dynamic and flexible platform that’s easily deployed, managed, and maintained. It is an ideal solution for virtual machines, virtualized desktop infrastructures, remote office/branch office deployments, and private clouds.

Get off the islands

Not all hyperconverged offerings are the same. Some fail to deliver because they don’t integrate with your broader IT environment; they become just another resource silo in your already overly-complex data center. On the other hand, the right solution will work with and enhance your existing environment from the technology, management, and support perspectives, without requiring a costly rip-and-replace.

For example, let’s take a look at the HPE Hyper Converged 380. This solution connects to and coordinates with the equipment you already own, breaking down silos and simplifying operations. The platform can host existing client-server virtualized workloads and cloud-native applications. This capability allows you to layer varied workloads quickly and easily without having to do a lift-and-shift or migrate those workloads to a larger platform. It’s a simple and efficient solution that unleashes the kind of speed and responsiveness you need. HPE Hyper Converged systems can be managed by a single IT generalist, freeing up your specialists to pursue innovation that will put your business in the fast lane.

Ready to learn more about how a hyperconverged solution can deliver the speed your organization needs? Start by watching this short video about just how fast and easy it is to manage a hyperconverged solution.

Better yet, if you are going to VMworld this year in Las Vegas August 28-September 1, you can hear it directly from Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Paul Durzan. Join Paul for his Converged Data Center Infrastructure Sponsorship Session on Tuesday August 30th at 2:30 pm Las Vegas time. Paul’s session is titled: HPE Hyper Converged – Path to Composable Infrastructure. And if you aren’t going to VMworld this year, you can find everything you need to know about HPE Hyper Converged solutions here.

To learn more about how and why businesses are turning to hyperconvergence solutions, check out this executive summary of a survey report from ActualTech Media: Hyperconverged Infrastructure in the Modern Enterprise. From the summary, you can click through to sign up for detailed reports on hyperconverged data challenges and user sentiment, and hyperconverged use cases.

I’d also recommend these resources:

IDC Market Spotlight: Hyperconverged Datacenter Infrastructure for the 3rd platform (requires a quick and easy registration).

Gartner research note: Prepare for the Next Phase of Hyperconvergence

Infographic: Top 10 Things You Need to Consider When Buying a Hyperconverged Infrastructure