Hyperconvergence - The Next Gen Infrastructure Solution
There were times when integrated architectures were taking a toll on the corporate infrastructure systems. This led to the existence of a converged infrastructure which concentrates more on the server and the storage space, leaving behind data issues which made the infrastructure services even more complicated. To overcome the potential challenges in CI, there came the birth of hyperconverged architecture which replaced many silo data centers by means of its scalability and agility.
Many technical attributes such as data efficiency, global management, etc. were compromised in traditional integrated systems. Though CI systems came into the picture to fulfill the loopholes of integrated systems, certain critical aspects such as a shared resource pooling and simplification seemed to be a greater challenge. To fill this void in infrastructure capabilities, the concept of hyperconvergence came into the picture.
Basics of Hyperconvergence
The term hyperconvergence has derived from the combination of words hypervisor and convergence. This software defined hyper infrastructure makes use of hypervisor technology, thereby eliminating a single point of contact issue related to infrastructure. Hyper-Convergence Infrastructure, commonly called as HCI, is a conglomeration of the current hardware and software that the IT environment is making use. Thus, it provides a flatter IT structure when compared to huge resource-based data center.
The hyperconvergence infrastructure makes use of Virtual Machines (VM) which combines virtual computing, virtual storage, virtual networking and virtual management in one go.
Convergence Vs Hyperconvergence
The major differentiation which makes hyperconvergence special is its software-defined model when compared to convergence architecture which is hardware driven model. When HCI can share storage among VM’s, CI lacks this capability. Another noteworthy fact to mention is that the limitation in the ratio of CPU, storage and network, which are predefined in CI, can be leveraged in HCI.
The reaping benefits of HCI have given a boost to IT industry to have a fully scalable and unified IT system that is tightly integrated across applications. Let us see some of the important things HCI can do for your environment.
The major drawback of conventional infrastructure systems is the lack of a single point of contact ability to sort out issues arising out of infrastructure management. Since there are multiple vendors present in the conventional platform, the number of hops that is needed for solving a defect was tiresome which consumed man efforts and resource allocation. With the introduction of HCI, the subject matter expertise required for all the components is now replaced by generalists who have broad knowledge in all the resource areas.
HCI focuses on simplified data management architecture which results in higher data efficiency. The architecture of hyperconvergence involves one-time deduplication and hydration of data which optimizes data. Also, when comparing other integrated systems, HCI has a smaller step size which implies lesser amount spent on buying enhanced infrastructure. When the step is high, it probes the company to spend huge amounts for additional infrastructure set up.
Protecting data is very critical for an organization and the mechanism involved in protecting this data during fallback is generally cumbersome. When there is a need to build a separate environment to mount a recovery strategy, the main advantage in HCI is that the backup and recovery mechanism is built with affordable data protection strategy.
The specialty of HCI is that it requires lesser bandwidth and CPU power when compared to non-converged systems. Hence, the cost spent in setting up and maintaining HCI platform is quite low when comparing other systems. The economies of scale are high due to which the performance related issues can be easily addressed.
Popular HCI Solutions in Market
The world of HCI is emerging as the successor for CI and there are some giant enterprise solutions who have adopted this concept for quite some period. Top providers include Simplivity, Nutanix, Atlantis Computing, EMC, Cisco, Dell VxRail and much more. Nutanix, for example, is known for producing a large customer base with its successful deployments. Though Nutanix stole the show by being the first hyper-converged solution in the market, according to IDC, in the year of 2017, Dell EMC bet Nutanix ranking top hyperconverged leader in the market.
Nevertheless, all the above-said solutions are known to establish the best hyperconverged system.There are many key differentiators which distinguish the features and stability of each of these vendors. Nutanix which can provide linear scalability to higher extent stand low when compared to Dell EMC in terms of vendor maturity. On the other hand, Simplivity which was acquired by HPE is known for providing better cost-benefit when comparing other competitors. Thus, each solution stands apart with its features delivered to its customers, but are united with the hyperconverged solutions.