Organizations turn to data center convergence for a number of reasons: there are many proposed benefits, more vendors are joining the converged and hyper-converged fray, and the ever-expanding issue of data growth has made scalable, manageable infrastructure an appealing option.
Storage, in particular, can be a huge selling point when it comes to converged and hyper-converged platforms. Maxing out the amount of available space is a common problem for many shops, but a converged infrastructure strategy offers the opportunity to snap more storage in as needed. This can be a lifesaver in situations where businesses have underestimated the amount of data storage required or where there is an unexpected need to scale up.
A converged infrastructure combines storage, compute and, sometimes, networking into a single box. This can reduce costs, minimize server compatibility issues and simplify management. In terms of storage, convergence removes physical and logical barriers that slow data storage, while standardized platforms help streamline operations. Due to growing demand for IT resources in physical, virtual and cloud environments, converged storage is seeing higher levels of interest.
Hyper-converged infrastructures, which grew from the concept of converged infrastructures, are also having a moment in the data storage spotlight. Unlike a converged infrastructure, a hyper-converged system is software-driven. Hyper-converged infrastructure enables compute, storage and virtualization to be managed through a single system.
Whether you're looking for convergence or hyper-convergence, the benefits are easy to see. However, that doesn't mean either technology is a perfect option. We've provided a number of resources that will help you understand the benefits of data center convergence, which implementations work best, where they work best and potential drawbacks.
We also take a look at the state of the market, and offer some advice for dealing with vendors. Your storage admins may thank you.
1Converged vs. hyper-converged-
Differences between the two approaches
When it comes to data center convergence, both converged and hyper-converged infrastructures come up as topics. Let's dive into the similarities and differences between the approaches.
The converged vs. hyper-converged infrastructure debate largely comes down to whether you want a hardware- or software-based storage approach. Continue Reading
When deciding between converged and hyper-converged systems, the varying vendor definitions aren't always clear. Use cases can help with an evaluation. Continue Reading
Data center convergence benefits include deep software integration and simplified management. Does your organization fit with HCI, converged infrastructure or the public cloud? Continue Reading
Why should you go hyper-converged?
Using hyper-convergence in your data center comes with a number of advantages. From streamlined management to scalable storage, hyper-convergence is appealing to many organizations.
Smaller businesses are eager to convert to hyper-convergence for its IT simplicity. Both infrastructure and storage vendors alike are competing to get in on the hyper-converged action. Continue Reading
While mostly applied to primary storage, the principles of hyper-convergence can benefit secondary storage, as well. This method doesn't come without challenges, but the technology to pull it off may be well within your grasp. Continue Reading
Hyper-converged infrastructures generally suit larger organizations, but small businesses without dedicated IT specialists for storage, virtualization and networking can find a hyper-converged system that works for them. Continue Reading
Benefits of data center convergence
Like its hyper-converged counterpart, convergence can boost cooperation between storage, server, networking and virtualization. Convergence has the added advantage of integrating new tools with an existing environment. See how it stacks up against other options.
To achieve effective converged infrastructure management, IT needs to be prepared to merge teams that were once dedicated to each part of the data center. Continue Reading
The benefits of converged infrastructure aren't always apparent if your workload requirements aren't met. That's where the customizable Validated Systems comes in. Continue Reading
Converged infrastructures aren't as popular in the data center as they once were, as cloud computing and hyper-converged systems are stealing the spotlight. But don't count convergence out just yet. Continue Reading
4Working with vendors-
Finding the right vendor can make all the difference in data center convergence, and not just because of cost. Vendor lock-in can make managing hyper-converged storage a challenge if you're not careful.
Keep an eye on your overall IT infrastructure costs as you keep adding features to a cheaper hyper-converged system option. Storage capacity in particular can be a factor. Continue Reading
Lock-in is a concern when you go with a hyper-converged option because you may get stuck waiting for your vendor of choice to support new technologies and advancements. Continue Reading
Vendor independence is a valid concern with data center convergence. Some companies offer more independence and flexible storage, but read the fine print. Continue Reading
Implementing a converged or hyper-converged platform can streamline resource management, add flexibility and scalability to your storage, and improve performance. However, the technology comes with its own challenges.
Are you ready to drop your previous storage investments? Before taking the plunge into data center convergence, take these factors into account. Continue Reading
The growth model of a hyper-converged data center is unique because you can purchase resources, such as storage, as you need them. This can be particularly helpful for growing organizations. Continue Reading