Enterprises are constantly searching for new technologies and strategies that can give them a competitive edge. However, IT departments must balance the benefits of those new technologies with the complexity of installing and maintaining them.
The best solutions open doors to novel opportunities and overcome established obstacles—and that’s the promise of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). It enables what Skip Bacon, vice president for Partner Development, Storage, and Availability at VMware, insightfully calls “disruption without disrupting.”
Software: The Heart of HCI
HCI converges data center resources onto shared, cost-effective, industry-standard servers. A software-defined approach to HCI leverages the hypervisor to deliver compute, storage, and networking in a tightly integrated software stack.
Investments in software-defined IT resources make sense as organizations become more digitized. As they generate and consume more data, few feel they can afford to wait or pay more for results.
If a resource is digitized, we expect it to be fast and easy to access and use. However, many enterprises are experiencing poor app performance and long wait times for storage deployment. In a digital world, these outcomes are unacceptable. Software-defined IT can improve the situation, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to business benefits.
The Bottom Line
Rising expectations around scalability, responsiveness, manageability, automation, and cost-effectiveness are the new IT metrics in a software-defined business environment, where demands are always on and can come from anywhere. To thrive in this challenging business reality, IT departments can leverage HCI to reach and exceed expectations while limiting the hassles of installation, preparing for future demand, and improving cost-effectiveness.
HCI solutions come in a single server stack, facilitating installation. Additionally, more capacity can be easily scaled up by adding HCI nodes, allowing IT to adjust to dynamic business requirements. Moreover, HCI helps lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and reduce application launch times—at the same time simplifying operations through policy-driven control and an automated interface.
For additional industry insight on trends in HCI, view the IDC white paper “Understanding Critical Hyperconverged Systems Trends and the Role VMware Plays in the Market. And check out the infographic below to learn more about the benefits of HCI.