Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) offers a different approach to software-defined storage than the traditional data center. Why is HCI important for IT admins and their storage needs? It’s a centralized management solution that offers several unique advantages that the traditional storage centers do not.
Traditional storage infrastructure consists of individual storage, compute, and networking components, which according to Nutanix, “is not well-suited to meet the growing demands of enterprise applications or the fast pace of modern business.” HCI, on the other hand, combines those components into an all-in-one approach using software-defined networking (SDN). It features either a one-rack unit or two-rack unit. The benefits of converged infrastructure include enabling dynamic computing environments, such as cloud computing, with its centralized computing functions and supporting an enterprise’s digital transformation endeavors.
Why is HCI Important? The Benefits of Converged Infrastructure
- The infrastructure deploys faster than traditional data centers, particularly for cloud environments.
- HCI is easier to manage since it includes a software interface. IT admin can keep a pulse on monitoring and troubleshooting actions by using the HCI software.
- HCI lowers operating and capital costs since it relies on commodity hardware such as a white box or x86 platforms. In addition, “converged systems also provide a single resource pool for applications that make them easier to share thus improving utilization efficiency.”
- HCI is more flexible, scalable, and easy to maneuver.
- Cisco points out that HCI “enables companies to gain the benefits of on-demand infrastructure for data-centric workloads without placing resources in public clouds.”
- HCI is readily accessible to purchase.
- HCI is capable of increased data protection. VMware’s blog calls attention to the fact that HCI is “designed to effectively deal with this [data protection] problem since [it]already come(s) with included comprehensive backup and recovery capabilities allowing to meet even the strictest RTO (recovery time objective) and RPO (recovery point objective) requirements.”
- HCI can operate as a virtual machine (VM) since it includes a hypervisor.