Use cases, accounting for the expense and resources
You’ve read many sources touting the benefits of hyperconvergence and why it may be the future of the data center. However, hyperconverged solutions may not be the right solution for every customer. Learn about four hyperconvergence use cases, how to account for the expense and access more resources.
As covered in a previous post here, hyperconvergence is not a technology. It’s a software-defined IT infrastructure that leverages software virtualization technologies to manage data center elements like servers, storage systems and network devices—allowing businesses to easily scale. For more about hyperconvergence, how it’s implemented, limitations and more, read a VAR's introduction to hyperconvergence.
Four use cases for hyperconvergence
Jon Busshart, senior Ingram Micro Solution Center engineer and instructor, named four customer use cases that may make sense for hyperconverged solutions. The driving factor is your customer’s need for an additional infrastructure in their existing environment, which can help them quickly build and scale storage or a virtualized environment. Some environments include:
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): This allows customers to quickly and easily scale from a proof-of-concept to a production environment.
- Test and development: These environments may need to scale production, so customers can create separate environment to easily test designs.
- Remote branch offices: If remote branch offices need a separate environment, it can be quickly virtualized for compute and storage needs.
- Business continuity strategy: Because hyperconverged solutions include site-to-site replication capabilities, customers can set up a remote site with a fully virtualized environment with turnkey solutions.
Making sense of the expense
One of the drivers of hyperconvergence is that your customers can see it as an operating expense (OpEx) instead of a capital expense (CapEx), allowing predictability in scale and growth in their IT environment.
Take a few minutes to read some helpful articles about hyperconvergence, including tips for growing your business and addressing customer questions and concerns:
- Growing your business through hyperconverged data center solutions
- Force multiplier: Hyperconverged infrastructure
- 3 questions to ask customers about their hyperconverged network
- 3 valid concerns about hyperconverged infrastructure