Hyperconvergence BasicsGerrit Semet
Hyperconvergence. Corporate technology undergoes a massive shift every so often as new models emerge to meet changing business needs. This chapter is about hyperconverge d infrastructure, which is the culmination and conglomeration of several trends that provide specific value to the modern enterprise.
Defining Hyperconverged Infrastructure
At the highest level, a way to enable cloudlike economics and scale without compromising the performance, resiliency and availability expected in your own data center. Hyperconverged infrastructure provides significant benefits:
✓ Data efficiency: Hyperconverged infrastructure reduces storage, bandwidth, and IOPS requirements.
✓ Elasticity: Hyperconverged infrastructure makes it easy to scale out/in resources as required by business demands.
✓ Workload-centricity: A focus on the workload as the cornerstone of enterprise IT, with all supporting constructs focused on applications.
✓ Data protection: Ensuring data restorion in the event of loss or corruption is a key IT requirement, made far easier by hyperconverged infrastructure.
✓ VM mobility: Hyperconverged infrastructure enables greater application/workload mobility.
✓ Resiliency: Hyperconverged infrastructure enables higher levels of data availability than possible in legacy systems.
✓ Cost efficiency: Hyperconverged infrastructure brings to IT a sustainable step-based economic model that eliminates waste.
Convergence comes in many forms. At its most basic, convergence simply brings together existing individual storage, compute, and network switching products into pre-tested, pre-validated solutions sold as a single solution. However, this level of convergence only simplifies the purchase and upgrade cycle. It fails to address ongoing operational challenges often introduced with the advent of virtualization. There are still LUNs to create, WAN optimizers to acquire and configure, and thirdparty backup and replication products to purchase and maintain.
Hyperconverged infrastructure seamlessly combines compute, storage, networking, and data services in a single solution, a single physical system. The software that enables hyperconvergence runs on industry-standard x86 systems, with the intention of running virtualized or containerized workloads. Distributed architecture lets you cluster multiple systems within and between sites, forming a shared resource pool which enables high availability, workload mobility, and efficient scaling of performance and capacity. Typically managed through a single interface, hyperconverged infrastructures let you define policy and execute activities at the VM/container level.
The results are significant and include lower CAPEX as a result of lower upfront infrastructure costs, lower OPEX through reductions in operational costs and personnel, and faster time-to-value for new business needs. On the technical side, newly emerging IT generalists — IT staff with broad knowledge of infrastructure and business needs — can easily support hyperconverged systems. No longer do organizations
need to maintain islands of resource engineers to manage each aspect of the data center.
To fully understand hyperconvergence, it’s important to understand the trends that have led the industry to this point. These include post-virtualization headaches, the rise of the softwaredefined data center, and cloud computing.
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