Hyper-Converged Systems for Data Center Operations: What You Need to Know

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Of all the developments in the data center industry, hyper-converged infrastructures are among the fastest growing. According to the research firm Gartner, it could grow into a $5 billion market by 2019 — even though it was nonexistent just a few years ago.

In terms of revenue, it is considered the category leader in pre-integrated full-stack infrastructure products, Gartner noted, ahead of integrated infrastructure, integrated stacks and reference architectures.

Here are some benefits of hyper-convergence:

More flexibility and simplicity. Deploying a new server can be extremely time-consuming for an IT department, from planning to installing an OS and an application. Hyper-converged systems are designed to simplify the deployment process since all of the hardware is sold as a bundle, including storage, computing hardware and management software. The hardware components are also designed to work together — eliminating any issues with compatibility.

It enables quicker provisioning of resources. More companies are seeking software solutions as a way to grow revenue. As a result, they want agile software development methodologies, and, of course, that puts a demand for IT to be highly flexible and able to deploy new software more frequently.

Scalability is more predictable. Because of the standardized hardware, IT professionals are finding that hyper-converged systems have the added benefit of providing more predictability — in scalability and performance. The way it is designed allows you to add capacity in the future, if needed.

Data efficiency. Hyper-converged infrastructure can effectively reduce storage, bandwidth and other areas of operations.

Cost efficiency. When compared to other integrated systems and legacy infrastructure, hyper-converged systems have a lower cost of entry.

Data protection. With a legacy system, data protection can be complex — requiring varying products to meet the need. With a hyper-converged system, comprehensive backup and recovery are built in as part of the infrastructure.

About Tony Johnson

Innovative helps you balance your business requirements, service levels, staff and infrastructure to make your IT as effective as possible. Tony Johnson is Vice President of Operations at Innovative and has been helping clients optimize their IT spend and operations since 1983.

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