As of recent, countless technology providers have been telling customers that the next transformation of their data center is going to be in the hyper-converged space. They point to agility, capital expenditures vs. operating expenditures, and incremental growth to justify why you should buy into a hyper-converged approach within your data center.
So, why the push from these providers to convince you to buy into this concept?
Public cloud is incredibly popular right now. The concept of Amazon, Microsoft Azure, and Google easily spinning workloads up on their infrastructure is pretty convenient and very flexible. As a result, many of these providers have taken a commodity hardware approach to building and scaling their data centers. And the ease of this type of solution is a benefit to both the customer and the provider.
So how does this work?
Let’s say you walked into an Amazon data center and took a look around. You would likely see racks of servers that look just like the Dell, HPE, or Cisco ones you procure today, but on the backend, all of those resources are clustered together using software. Things like the local storage in each box are stitched together to provide redundancy and performance at the storage layer. Then, the compute and memory is shared as a consumable resource for applications that sit on top of these systems and the network is software-defined and commodity based. All of this is very similar to the hyper-converged infrastructure you can purchase and drop into your data center.
And, the concept is simple, as you need more resources, you buy more boxes, add them to the cluster, and the CPU, RAM, network, and disk storage increases. This allows these providers to easily scale their horsepower to drive applications in a very simplistic and highly available fashion.
This concept of growth and agility is exciting to most customers, and providers are building hyper-converged solutions to provide that similar public cloud agility and flexibility onto commodity hardware offerings. From there, you can build out solutions within your own private cloud. Each solution is slightly different in look and feel, along with the way they stitch together their shared server based resources, so some approaches might fit your needs better than others.
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Director, Sales Engineering