It’s no news to anyone who has been working in IT for more than a few years that things have changed dramatically in quite a short period of time—in terms of technological sophistication and everything else. The data needs of enterprises have skyrocketed, as you would be hard-pressed to find a business that isn’t constantly online these days. Both selling services to the public and handling internal traffic and communications are data-center-heavy tasks, and they’ve led to a quick and serious evolution in the kinds of technology used in order to run, manage, and maintain networks.
If your client is one of those on the cutting edge of in-house data center infrastructure that has picked up on the hyperconvergence trend over the past few years, it is probably more aware than most of the ways that hyperconverged models can simplify the deployment and management of networking needs. But in order to determine if your client is really optimizing its resources, here are three questions to run by it. And if a client is on the fence about jumping into a hyperconverged system in order to manage its network or data center, these questions may help illuminate if this new mode of operating is the best path for it to take.
1. What’s in Your Technology Stack?
Hyperconverged systems can vary in terms of what solutions are built into the stack and made available through its management pane. It’s possible that when rolling out the system, an enterprise wasn’t certain exactly what it was getting and finds that there are still portions of its data center lying outside of the hyperconverged infrastructure that could be more easily managed within the system.
If pursuing true hyperconvergence and stripped-down, streamlined management and easy scalability is a goal that an enterprise wants to shoot for, then it may want to talk to its vendor about pulling more parts of the data center into the hyperconverged architecture and seeing what further value it can get out of such a system.
2. Are You Leveraging the Technology as Thoroughly as Possible?
The easy integration between different nodes of a hyperconverged system sets up the IT staff running the data center to do some interesting work moving data around and optimizing systems. Hyperconvergence may limit customizability on the component level, but it can enable creativity on the level of data. A customer may want to work with a vendor in order to determine what opportunities along these lines exist or how the vendor has seen other clients make effective advanced use of the system.
3. How Comprehensive Are Your Security Tools?
Both the strength and the weakness of hyperconvergence is that it is not as separated out on the component level as a traditional data center. Because of the tighter connections between modules that allow for easier management and more sophisticated manipulation of data, there is also a potentially easier way into each part. A network with a single point of management can be, from a hacker’s perspective, a network with a single point of entry. That means that it is critical for a company to understand, update, and effectively manage the security solutions that it has in place.
Network security should always be priority number one in this data-heavy age, and the new paths into a network that hyperconvergence may offer require hypervigilant, high-quality security solutions.
What interesting ways have you seen principles of hyperconvergence applied to customers’ networks and data centers?