Around the world, people are looking for ways to spend more time on what's important to them. Businesses respond with efficient and consolidated services and peripherals. Online hypermarkets offer a one-stop service, dinner-in-a-box services offer meal preparation kits for the entire week, and smart watches provide a GPS locator with tracking of the physical condition that connects your phone. The trend towards consolidation and convergence offers people much more than multifunctional solutions: it gives them time.
Imagine embedding this type of consolidation in the data center. Think of all that a computer company could accomplish with such an efficient technology, that gives hours every day. A hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) can do it.
The vicious circle of inefficiency
Inefficiency often stems from complexity. The data center infrastructure can include a dozen silicon components from almost as many vendors. Each device and software has its own management interface, compatibility issues, and upgrade schedule. Administrators need to manage secondary storage capacity, upgrade to WAN optimization devices, and set rules for backup and recovery workloads. Whenever a workload is moved or a new component is added to the combination, the environment's policies and devices must be upgraded or modified. With nearly a dozen appliances aging at different rates, this process can turn into a seemingly endless maintenance cycle.
Existing infrastructures have never been designed to support the volume or diversity of current workloads. Aging partitioned components can slow down the entire environment, weigh on IT resources and keep IT managers away from more productive work or, worse, force them to abandon nights and weekends for infrastructure to remain functional.
HCI transforms data centers
Today, companies are transforming their IT services by replacing inefficient systems with more cost-effective and intelligent solutions. Operational efficiency is one of the main reasons for the rapid adoption of health insurance. Efficiency comes from the integration of several computer components into a compact, software-defined platform that is simple enough to manage without specialized training. As it is software defined, dozens of ordinary tasks can be automated in an HCI environment. Hyperconvergence can generate huge time savings – if it's the right hyperconverged infrastructure.
In a recent study, IDC highlights this fact: although the convergence of servers and storage in a single compact device allows each Hyperconverged solution more efficient in terms of space compared to conventional infrastructure, it is software-defined technology and integrated data services that determine the overall operational efficiency. According to the study, companies that use HPE SimpliVity earn up to 91% of their time. In other words, an organization that currently spends an hour on a particular task in a traditional environment can accomplish the same task in less than 6 minutes with HPE SimpliVity.
A biomedical research institution interviewed as part of the study decided to move to HCI because they were "… overworked and understaffed, how can we find a way for staff to do more ? I see HCI as a way to do it. [HPE] SimpliVity generates a real operational simplicity. "
Another organization in the report operates more than 10 stations and supports 25 different business applications. The hotel company was also convinced by the operational simplicity and the centralized management centered on the virtual computers. One official said, "We will soon be at a stage where data from our data center will be strictly stored. [HPE] SimpliVity. "
With HPE SimpliVity's hyperconverged infrastructure, IT administrators can perform complex tasks that take hours, or even days, in minutes, leaving them time or even weekends. The hyper-efficient solution includes integrated backup and disaster recovery, optimization, deduplication, and WAN compression. Rule-based, virtual machine-centric management and mobility further simplifies infrastructure, allowing the IT organization additional time to execute strategic business.
Check out the IDC report for full results of the HCI study and find out more about the operational efficiencies found by customers. For more information on hyperconvergence, download the Dummies Guide for HCI.
About Lauren Whitehouse
Lauren Whitehouse is Director of Marketing for the Cloud Software and Solutions Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). She has been working in the software industry for more than 30 years and joined HPE following the acquisition of SimpliVity in February 2017. She has extensive experience in various management positions in software development, product product marketing and channel marketing. and marketing communications in the world's largest companies. She has also spent several years as an industry analyst, speaker and blogger, as a popular resource for IT vendors and media, as well as Associate Editor at TechTarget on storage topics.