Deployment models have moved on significantly since the siloed IT operations of the last decade, with converged and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) transforming how organisations manage storage, server and networking. This convergence trend shows no sign of slowing: according to IDC, in the first quarter of 2017, sales for hyper-converged systems were up 64.7 per cent year-on-year.
So, can we rightfully call 2017 the year of HCI? Here’s what our VMware experts think:
What’s interesting is that there isn’t any one specific reason that organisations are flocking towards HCI; it’s a solution to numerous problems and frequently delivers customers benefits that they hadn’t even asked for.
The Catalonia Tax Office, for example, had several business challenges to contend with at the same time. Javier Fernandez, Head of ICT at the organisation, had to deal with the migration of corporate services to a corporate datacentre, and the upgrade of infrastructure which was largely obsolete. In addition, the company had to improve its security levels given the sensitivity of the data the tax office was managing.
“Investment and maintenance costs reduced significantly, thanks to an important reduction in physical communications infrastructure/systems” he said.
Lee Dilworth, EMEA Practice Lead, Storage & Avaliability, attributes one of the reasons for the rise of HCI as the desire from customers to do things differently. HCI is enabling customers to move towards a pay-as-you-go model when building data centres, starting with what you need but with the option to scale. This flexibility is in stark contrast to legacy systems, where everything built around over-provision and large capital investment upfront.
Simplicity of management and deployment and increased visibility also make HCI attractive, particularly for organisations that need remote datacentre capabilities, by providing a central management point.
Take ONO Academic College, the largest college in Israel. When it looked to replace its storage array, it looked to HCI to help it become more flexible. It decided to go with an SSD-based solution and was able to boost its performance twenty times over, according to its IT manager Oren Laufer, using vSAN to provide excellent service even to its remote sites.
“When we looked to replace our storage array, we came across the hyper-converged concept which was perfect for our flexibility needs” he said.
Not only were back-up times shortened significantly, but it has also meant that only one person is needed to manage the virtual storage infrastructure, leaving the IT team free to develop future applications rather than deal with routine tasks.
In these organisations and many more, VMware is helping to make this transition to a converged a smooth one that delivers ROI quickly. HCI isn’t just impacting IT and technology, it’s enabling IT teams to focus on more important issues, helping with business’ DevOps and digital transformation initiatives, and supporting strategic goals.
To learn more about how HCI solution- can benefit your business, check out the below guides:
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure 101: How To Get Started here.
4 Compelling Use Cases for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure here.