Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: The Next Big Thing
The world is becoming smaller with the growing developments in the field of technology, and IT Infrastructure is no more exception to it. With Hyper-Converged technology coming into picture it’s going to make your Datacenters / Clouds / Infrastructure setups smaller & smaller. Virtualization played a vital role in consolidating server architecture by virtualizing servers. Likewise, Hyper Converged Solutions are also consolidating the entire infrastructure (Servers, Storage, and Network) and if you use both Virtualization and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure effectively, then you will be able to reduce your infrastructure footprints remarkably. But you need not to worry about the performance level as its unique features will boost your server performance immensely and will give the outcome which you would have never thought of while using traditional architecture.
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Edge over Traditional Architecture:
In Traditional Architectures, Infrastructure is mainly divided in to 3 broad categories i.e. Servers, Storage and Network. You will need separate teams to handle each part. The Server Team, for example, handles the procurement, maintenance and support of the server infrastructure. The Storage Team usually maintains storage system architecture and supports its relationship with the storage hardware vendor. The same thing applies to the Network Team. So, you have to have multiple resources to manage multiple domains. In addition, you must subscribe to the best of servers, best of storage and network to achieve the performance you desire.
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure combines these infrastructure components (Servers, Storage and Network) as a pre-engineered solution. It gives you a flavour of software defined storage and virtualized network. Hyper-converged systems can take your infrastructure to the next level. While traditional architecture consists of different components engineered to work unanimously, hyper-converged technology is an integrated system designed to scale out by adding more and more modules. These systems are mainly hovers around storage and compute interconnected by 40 GB Ethernet. Hyper-converged solution leverages improvements at the storage controller software layer to allow these systems to scale out. The more appliances you add, the greater the performance and capacity. Instead of scaling up by adding more drives, memory, or CPUs, you can scale out by adding more appliance modules.
In a nut shell, Hyper-Converged solution creates a pool of your server resources with its software defined architecture which generates tremendous outcomes. It offers the features of enterprise level storage - Auto tiering, Data Locality, All Flash, De-duplication, Compression. The combination of auto tiering, Data locality and all flash can boost your mission critical servers with better outcomes.
In addition, it also gives you the power to monitor all your resources/ components from single window, instead of regulating multiple applications. Henceforth, a team can manage complete hyper-converged stack rather than having teams to manage your storage, network and servers.