When considering a new IT infrastructure solution, there are several factors that have to be taken into consideration. Some of these factors include the complexity of the infrastructure, the uptime, and the cost. These factors can determine the type of infrastructure a business uses.
As a result, many organizations are turning to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions to combine servers, storage, and virtualization into a single appliance that can be deployed quickly, managed easily, and scaled out seamlessly. With hyperconverged infrastructure, SAN and NAS storage is no longer required for highly available infrastructure. But, looking more closely, what are the specific benefits?
1. Easy to Deploy, Easy to Use, and Simple to Maintain
One crucial advantage that a hyperconverged infrastructure solution has over traditional infrastructure or DIY solutions is that the hyperconverged infrastructure is easier to deploy, easier to use, and does not require a lot of maintenance from the IT team. To make this happen, a hyperconverged infrastructure solution uses automation and machine intelligence to handle many of the daily tasks that used to be managed by the IT team. Now, because automation handles much of the maintenance, IT teams are free to focus on other strategic projects that are vital to the success of the business.
2. Increased Reliability and Stability
A hyperconverged solution is always going to be more reliable than a traditional or DIY solution. Why? As previously mentioned, all critical components of the infrastructure that used to be on separate platforms are now rolled up into a single box. The self-healing architecture built into hyperconverged solutions monitors and regulates the infrastructure for any issues and automates the fix. Overall, the reliability and stability of a hyperconverged solution mean less downtime and fewer phone calls to your vendor for support.
3. Lower Total Cost of Ownership
This is one of the better benefits organizations tend to see later down the road after implementation. A key reason that a hyperconverged infrastructure solution can become less costly to own is that it doesn’t require outside software licenses such as software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization technologies. All of those services that were previously handled by outside service licenses are now rolled up into a single, easy to use solution that will end up saving your business money. How much an organization is able to save varies, but a solid hyperconverged infrastructure solution is always going to be less costly over a period of three to five years, maybe less!
4. Requires Less Rack Space
Because hyperconverged infrastructure is an “all-in-one” solution in a single box, it requires less rack space in the storage room. This leaves more physical space to continue building up your IT infrastructure as your business grows.
5. Greater Data Protection
Data protection has become a hot button issue for business owners in recent years due in part to the increasing sophistication of cybercriminals and their attacks. With traditional infrastructure, managing data protection requires a multitude of solutions and work from multiple vendors. A hyperconverged infrastructure integrates data protection tools into the stack, making data retrieval easier, and allows you to get back up and running faster.
Overall, a hyperconverged infrastructure solution provides greater flexibility, scalability and reliability benefits for your organization over traditional solutions. Our HC3 virtualization platform combines backup, disaster recovery, storage, virtualization, and more, into one easy to use, affordable solution for enterprises of any size. For more information on how our HC3 solution can benefit your business, please visit our product page.