With eyes toward the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices plugging into the internet, enterprises are also shifting focus on how hyperconverged infrastructures (HCIs) may assist computing in the IoT era. In fact, Pivot3 boldly states that “combined with the IoT, it’s (HCI) going to change the way the world works.”
Pivot3 is not the only vendor proclaiming the benefits to IoT from HCI. Originally perceived as an ideal product to deliver cloud computing and remote office and branch office (ROBO) networking, vendors came to the epiphany that HCI will also deliver multi-access edge computing (MEC), which is a distributed cloudlet, and that the characteristics needed for both cloud and MEC are the same requisites to maintain IoT connectivity and monitoring. VMware announced at the Mobile World Congress in 2018 its intention to utilize HCI for edge computing and IoT. NetApp also released an HCI for IoT product that focuses on consolidating workloads and scalability to deliver the data center required to enable IoT latching onto networking sources.
Why Vendors Look to HCI to Support IoT – the HCI IoT Benefits
The core components that attract vendors to HCI and why some vendors are viewing its potential with IoT devices are the following:
- HCI brings about virtualization through a hypervisor, commodity hardware (such as x86 hardware or by white box), and software-defined networking (SDN).
- HCI reduces the complexity to storage. The converged storage brings about a unified management system that makes it easier for IT experts to monitor all storage, compute, and networking functions on a single pane of glass.
- IoT relies on real-time data transfers to operate correctly and efficiently. Since HCI consolidates data gathering and analytics into one source, this will help IT professionals check on IoT computing to locate and resolve any issues before they impact the IoT device’s performance.
- HCI possesses increased data protection compared with its traditional data center counterpart. This is crucial for IoT services such as smart homes, smart appliances and autonomous cars. This heightened security protection is a significant draw as to why enterprises want to adopt HCI.
- HCI is customizable with plug-in play features. This customization is not only a perk for vendors, but it also attracts enterprises as the companies can build out their storage that best fits its needs.