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Think smaller: Why you should seriously consider hyperconvergence

March 31, 2019

Think smaller: Why you should seriously consider hyperconvergence
Not to be a downer, but … is your organization bleeding cash and productivity by refusing to convert from a traditional data center to one that’s hyperconverged?
After all, if deployed correctly, these shrunken data centers rival traditional physical computing in terms of scalability, elasticity and operational efficiency—but with less space and power required. This is done through server and storage hardware nodes that are built into scale-out clusters.
The ultimate goal is to adopt the technology without sacrificing reliability, performance and workload availability across the enterprise. We realize the investment isn’t for every company; however, if any of this talk is setting off your spidey sense, you should seriously consider hyperconvergence.
Why hyperconvergence?
It’s not a passing trend
Doing more with less hardware has always been the love language of IT. That pretty much defines hyperconvergence. According to Network World, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is now the largest segment of software-defined storage. HCI is also rapidly growing at a 26.6% five-year CAGR and revenues are projected to hit $7.15 billion by 2021. Hyperconvergence, or a form of the shrunken data center, isn’t going away.
It’s not just for SMBs
When folks think “smaller data center,” they shouldn’t just think “smaller business.” And they definitely shouldn’t think “inability to scale,” since you can just add another box when needed. Organizations that store thousands of terabytes should consider hyperconvergence for long-term, net savings. In fact, a lower TCO could be very realistic for larger enterprises. Some experts even predict that hyperconvergence could ultimately land in the “high-end infrastructure” category.
It’s a CapEx darling
No matter how cool any tech is, isn’t it ultimately about the money? Sure, the scalability, clusters and all-in-one boxes are sexy in IT, but hyperconvergence really exists to save organizations money. So if you can make a business case for lowering capital expenditure (CapEx), along with total cost of ownership (TCO), perhaps the CTO will listen. By shrinking the power-drawing components of a data center—networking, storage and compute—IT can very well be on a path to substantial savings. Hyperconvergence takes all three and puts them into a singular box.
It consolidates licensing
You know what they say—more licensing structures, more problems. Maybe they don’t say that, but they should. Let’s say your organization is running a server, switch and SAN—each manufactured by a different vendor. That’s three different licensing and renewal structures, which often means more headaches for IT. A hyperconverged, all-in-one environment eliminates that issue as it enables easy deployment and manageability in scale-out clusters.
Will the lines of true and false reality soon be seamlessly blurred? Our experts set expectations about extended reality (XR).