Gartner projected that hyperconverged integrated systems would deliver bimodal infrastructures in 25% of large enterprises this year. That’s noteworthy, considering that number sat at less than 1% in 2016. Now that hyperconvergence has our attention, let’s explore the technology that’s tempting global IT leaders with software-defined storage and scale-out infrastructure.
1) It's all about CapEX and TCO
Scalability, clusters and all-in-one boxes are great conversation pieces in IT, but hyperconvergence really exists to save organizations money. Only when IT makes a business case for lowering capital expenditure (CapEx), along with total cost of ownership (TCO), does it become a viable option. By shrinking the power-drawing components of a data center—networking, storage and compute—you may be on the path to substantial savings. Hyperconvergence takes all three and puts them into a singular box.
2) It also shrinks your licensing strucuture (and that's a good thing)
Let’s say your organization is running a server, switch and SAN—each manufactured by a different vendor. That’s three different licensing and renewal structures, which often means more headaches for IT. A hyperconverged, all-in-one environment (e.g., Lenovo’s Converged HX Series) eliminates that issue as it enables easy deployment and manageability in scale-out clusters.
3) Need to scale? Just add another box
Hyperconvergence significantly streamlines the addition of and scalability to a cluster. There’s no need to add more servers, storage or networking components—simply add another box.
All nodes within a box are networked to themselves; therefore, the cost and physical footprint is reduced as compared to traditional data centers. The caveat here is that you still need to hook them up to a physical networking infrastructure, so there will always be switches. (But when it comes time to scale again—you guessed it—just add another box.)
4) IT wants the future of hyperconvergence to look like this...
Hyperconvergence is a long way from being a mature, perfected technology. Those in the thick of the conversation—IT pros representing global organizations of all industries and sizes—have an aggregate wish list that looks something like this:
- More scale-out configuration options
- Augmented speed and agility
- Fewer single-vendor dependencies
- Integrated management capabilities
- Diversity in tools, networking, storage and hypervisors
- More virtualization options
5) Larger enterprises need to pay attention
Organizations that store thousands of terabytes should consider hyperconvergence for long-term, net savings. A lower TCO could be a reality for larger enterprises, but the upfront cost may price smaller organizations out of the water. (Even smaller-scale systems can start at $200,000, which makes the cloud look much more attractive to SMBs.) Simply put, hyperconvergence could ultimately land in the “high-end infrastructure” category.