Cloud services have provided a technological tailwind for the development of modular, converged CI and HCI systems; however, several significant business factors that are also stimulating changes in how organizations specify and evaluate data center hardware.
The digitization of business, what IT consultants like to call digital transformation, has turned IT systems from the unseen plumbing for somnolent business processes to the revenue-producing, customer-facing core of new categories of mobile and Web products. As organizations face the prospect of either embracing new online ways of doing business or being disrupted by more agile competitors that get there first, IT must likewise develop an acute understanding of the digital business world and become nimbler at facilitating the development and release of new application and supporting backend platforms. In this environment, IT needs to emulate fast-acting startups and other cloud natives by retooling itself using DevOps with continuous integration and delivery that demand several new behaviors:
- Rapid infrastructure provisioning at scale
- Orchestrated configuration and deployment via processes that are controlled by software not individual CLIs (command-line-interface)
- A virtualized hardware stack that can be quickly carved into compute, storage and networking resources customized for a particular task.
CI systems, particularly modular, scale-out HCI devices (see our definitions below), are an ideal fit for such a private cloud environment where IT organizations continue to face budget, hiring and technical constraints that force them to buy, not make new technologies.
Additional Business Drivers behind Converged (CI) and Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) Resources