The need to better manage hybrid cloud environments, upgrade the existing infrastructure, or optimize the delivery of business critical applications has created many converged infrastructure use cases. Customers looking to consolidate data center resources, cut costs, and improve data protection are turning to convergence and hyper convergence as a critical tool.
Some of the most common converged infrastructure use cases include:
Foundation for Cloud Data Centers and Hybrid Cloud
A foundational infrastructure that can be used to implement private, public, and hybrid clouds is very important. Both enterprises and services providers are revamping existing data centers through the use of cloud architectures and all new data center build-outs conform to cloud architecture models.
HCI provides a natural hardware foundation on which to build out clouds. The concept of stacking yet another “Lego brick” when more capacity is needed without worrying excessively about the nature of coupling and interactions between compute, storage and networking frees data center operators from focusing more of their energies on other more pressing problems like automation and disaster planning.
And with the current move towards hybrid clouds for maximal flexibility and scalability, using converged infrastructure in private clouds provides a path towards effective hybrid cloud roll-out. The key is ensuring the converged infrastructure vendor can integrate with the service provider partners the organization wants to implement.
With a solution that can work with a broad set of service provider partners, organizations can build a cloud strategy to fit any and all of their requirements, in a way that is simple to deploy, manage and maintain. In addition, organizations look for automation capabilities, such as Cisco’s UCS Director and VMware’s vRealize Automation, that can support the self-provisioning and orchestration of workloads across cloud environments.