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Hyper-convergence really is a different paradigm in the way we deploy the data center infrastructure, says Mike Wronski, Nutanix's chief marketing director, who is different from the traditional three-tier system, or a storage array, some calculations and networking. By consolidating storage and calculations into more than one appliance, a turnkey model is one way to simplify the use of standard standard hardware.
"But we can go further," says Wronski. "We do not see this as the ultimate goal of simplifying data centers. We see this as the first fundamental step. "
For Bhavani Yellapragada, vice president of DevOps at NASDAQ, agility is a determining factor as the company combines business-level offers and grants with innovation, combined with the growth rate that she knew.
"I am developing applications and DevOps. So I'm looking at the world of infrastructure automation from the point of view of automating application deployment, "she says. "When setting up environments, having coherent environments on this scale is a determining factor. Before NASDAQ, the opportunity is great and we must be able to respond very quickly to these opportunities and market developments. The automation via the vertical stack, until the deployment of applications, is extremely important to us. "
The other factor is that the company has a large number of distributed offices and each office requires a computer center, which means that you have to exploit the virtual desktop infrastructure, and you immediately think about the case. use of a hyper-converged infrastructure. .
How do the two technologies converge? According to Wronski, around 2006 or 2007, there was a huge hockey stick surge in which the original use case of virtualization was actually noted and made the most of the volume of your hardware.
"The nice thing about this software was an easy-to-understand use case: you could buy less hardware or get more workloads, more virtual servers, on a single physical hardware," he says. -he. "There was almost a rush of gold in the virtualization industry during this period."
At first, everything was only a basic management: create a new machine, give it some storage space, give it some memory. And since then, all the tool sets and everything that was needed to manage the largest data center have continued to expand. The virtualization companies providing this software have added new and interesting sets of tools, ranging from basic operational management to analysis, through automation, and we suddenly have this huge stack complex software that ran on a very complex hardware stack.
"HCI enabled us to take the first step: we are going to simplify the hardware, facilitate the management, almost eliminate the storage component," he says. "We have solved one of the major problems of complexity in a data center. And how I'm going to connect it to the cloud, all this complexity is expensive. "
Complexity can be mapped to hours of work, vendor training, or software licenses. A lot of complexity, a lot of costs – but the cloud is a totally different model, with a much more fractional or paid consumer model. And HCI brings us a little closer to the implementation of on-site and cloud models for a more equal model.
But do not just assume the hypervisor, he adds quickly. These are all other aspects of virtualization that the IT department must use to manage and deliver its full end-to-end service, as well as the management and automation of related tools.
"If we can get more convergence between the hypervisor and the virtualization layer and eliminate complexity, I'd say we're now starting to make our on-premise data centers more like a cloud." "he explains. "We can start doing things like focusing on service offerings, as opposed to a very hardware-centric infrastructure. I want to offer a computing service, like the cloud, to my local users. I want to offer storage as a service. I want to propose even to enter the automation and these new technologies of new generation. Containers and Kubernetes. All of these can be very service-based. Even databases can be offered as a service if your infrastructure is flexible enough. "
According to Wronski, the old way of building data centers was quite rigid, and IT has become very project-oriented, which is very different from the cloud model where you're asking for calculations, and you have some parameters about what you think you need for your environment. performance.
"HCI takes us a step forward; Convergent virtualization makes it a step forward, "he says. "But if it's really a single integrated platform, the same management plan and flow of metrics and telemetry comes from virtualization, hardware, storage, and maybe even application intelligence. When we combine virtualization with HCI, we now have better operational intelligence, which allows us to start solving problems faster and not wasting time slowing down and pointing fingers. "
According to Yellapragada, the biggest impact of the combination of HCI and virtualization is that the company's infrastructure has been able to track the proliferation of new applications.
"It's very agile, very secure, we've been able to evolve at our own pace," she says. "It's a perfect bridge between your traditional data center and the cloud. Through the way we manage our acquisitions and the expansion of NASDAQ around the world, HCI has been a real blessing for setting up virtual desktops. The impact was huge. We can create a data center in less than a few weeks, compared to the very traditional months it would take. We were able to provide facilities to the staff extremely quickly. And I can not repeat myself enough about the consistency that all this brings. He declared zero time off. "
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