Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solutions are Gaining More Ground in the IT Industry

Incomes from hyperconverged infrastructure solutions sales have reached, globally, during the first trimester of 2019, 1.8 billion dollars and a market share of almost 50% of the integrated systems market, shows a study published at the end of June by International Data Corporation (IDC).

According to IDC, hyperconverged infrastructure solutions sales have a yearly increase of over 46%. In the first trimester of 2014, HCI sales were estimated, globally, at 600 million dollars, and in T1 2019 the figure has tripled.

What challenges do companies face?

Hyperconverged infrastructure solutions are gaining more ground against the background of the maturation of IT technologies, the need to process and store an ever increasing data volume, but also of reducing the number of equipment managed within a unified administration console.

However, simply adapting budgets to keep up with the polyvalence of IT processes is not a long-term solution because IT departments in companies need to reduce the number of equipment they need to manage. Part of the reduction in IT complexity can be achieved with cloud applications, through automation, while another option would be high-performance "on premises" systems – the best example are the solutions for hyperconverged infrastructures.

“HCI solutions allow IT to gradually replace DataCenter computing systems, based on traditional architecture made up of servers, storage, networking, and virtualization. This segregation of infrastructure often presents barriers to renewal and adaptation to new technologies, adding complexity to every stage, from the process of acquisition and maintenance from various vendors to implementation and administration.

The new approach is to treat these technologies in an integrated way in order to simplify the infrastructure and reduce costs on medium and long term. In addition, it provides easy scalability by automatically adding and detecting new computing nodes and storage without performance degradation over time, with implementation reduced from weeks or days to hours or even minutes”, explains Lucian Ștei, BRINEL Presales Consultant.

What are the advantages of HyperConverged Infrastructure?

HCI reduces the complexity of data centers, resulting in an increased efficiency and productivity at all levels of the company, mainly by optimizing the delivery of more or less critical applications.

HyperConverged Infrastructure is an all-in-one platform. This is mainly based on the idea of plug-and-play: The system is preconfigured in the production facilities of the vendor, delivered, connected to the energy grid and once supplied according to needs, the infrastructure runs through virtual machines at the hypervisor level. Hardware Infrastructure is like a pool of shared resources for virtual machines running applications. Hyperconverged systems basically function as a cloud service: at an abstract level, applications running on virtual servers are provided, and the background hardware solution is neither visible nor important to the user. But with HCI - unlike cloud providers - companies benefit from the advantage that their data is in the same location.

The structure of the IT team changes with the adoption of a hyperconverged infrastructure. A traditional data center is or was distinguished by several independent solutions, data processing activities, network connectivity, storage; they are or were all managed separately - between various IT experts - each activity with its staff of specialists.

With HCI, everything is running connected through the same interface. IT staff have to handle the infrastructure as a whole, rather than deal exclusively with partial issues. This therefore means that the requirements of IT department staff will decrease.

By reducing the number of administrative staff, implementing faster and expanding or scaling more easily, HCI reduces costs compared to a traditional system.

This is possible because hyperconvergence is based on the idea of a SDDC (software-defined data center). Hardware usage fades in the background and all necessary components are provided and managed by software, resources can be more easily configured while also providing high portability. Management software gives administrators the opportunity to control computing power and manage data storage in the virtual, customized environment according to the delivery requirements of various applications.

Hyperconverged systems, by distributing data and resources over multiple nodes, have much less downtime (whether it is a planned downtime to perform maintenance or due to an error or failure of a node) than traditional systems. Furthermore, the processes required for backup and restoration are already installed and automated, with infrastructure expansion or renewal carried out without stopping services.

There are also fewer operating costs, as the process saves energy, having support for incidents provided with a single point of contact, usually the provider or vendor of the solution.

Space and energy requirements are minimised, hyperconverged systems are constructed with incomparably lower footprint than traditional computing infrastructure which is why these systems are considered to be environmentally friendly – designed and conceived on the Green IT principle.

BRINEL provides solutions from the largest vendors on the HCI market

BRINEL offers Hipeconvergence Solutions from established vendors with a high-skill level of partnerships for the latest technologies: Simplicity from HPE, VxRail from DellEmc, or Cisco's HyperFlex.

BRINEL's expertise consists of skills on HCI and Cloud technologies (private and hybrid), providing Infrastructure Analysis and Audit services, Sizing, Design, Equipment Configuration Installation (correlated with the migration strategy); Server Infrastructure Administration (on-site and remote); Intervention on various levels of SLA (authorized vendor), Help Desk/Support 24/7.

BRINEL has already successfully implemented 7 Hipeconvergence projects incorporating the technologies listed above.

The future belongs to hyperconverged infrastructures

Modern companies are increasingly relying on mobility and digitalisation, and IT speed and agility are essential.

HCI has been an important breakthrough in IT and continues to inspire innovation. The future belongs to Integrated Systems, hyperconverged infrastructures, with the aim of rapidly adopting private cloud environments (in data centres), based on a secure, pre-configured, scalable, easy-to-implement and manage infrastructure, without the degradation of performance over time and allowing the automation of IT services.

Hyperconvergence is an important step in digital transformation.

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