What is a Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)?
Sometimes complex IT infrastructures put a lot of “uncalled-for” pressure and workloads on the employees. It disrupts their work-life balance and reduces their overall productivity. To combat this issue, enterprises leverage modern technologies, such as Hyperconverged Infrastructures (HCI), that greatly simplify and streamline their IT operations.
In this post, we have briefly discussed the meaning and benefits of HCI.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Explained
Data centers are a very important, yet notoriously complex aspect of modern businesses. They help enterprises carry out all the essential workloads in today’s hybrid and multi-cloud environments. However, the interoperation of such heterogeneous environments often becomes a daunting task for enterprises. This is the reason why enterprises adopt hyperconverged infrastructures to solve performance lags and system management issues.
How HCI works is that it creates a unified console by combining together all the elements of the data center. It is a “software-defined system” that develops a distributed IT environment, combining the following mentioned software components and strongly integrating them together.
Virtualization of Storage
Virtualization of Management
Virtualization of Compute
Virtualization of Network
Benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)
Before making the big commitment, enterprises should weigh all the pros and cons of HCI deployments and see if they suit their unique use cases. The following points show us how can HCI brings an array of benefits for your organization.
1. It greatly simplifies IT infrastructure by effectively handling in-consistencies within underlying systems.
2. When it comes to the configuration of on-prem, hybrid or multi-cloud environments, HCI makes their administration extremely easy.
3. Organizations can effectively slash their overall hardware footprint by virtualizing physical servers via HCI.
4. HCI also improves scalability of enterprises data centers. HCI deployments leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accurately forecast the increase or decrease in demand of new applications or workloads. Just like Lego blocks, a hyperconverged infrastructure keeps on adding resources as per requirements. This way, enterprises do not have to purchase new servers or storage to scale their Virtual Machines (VMs), up or down.
5. HCI scalability allows organizations to slash their overall capital expenditure (CAPEX). In addition, it also reduces overprovisioning and resource wastage.
6. All the above-mentioned points greatly increase the overall efficiency of enterprises employees, which is the ultimate goal of adopting any technology.
Today’s digital landscape comes with its fair share of problems and challenges. All the aforementioned points propel enterprises to make the switch towards Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) for improving their operations and overall productivity.