How Hyperconverged Infrastructure Benefits Your Business

When an organization grows, it can be difficult to keep up with the IT needs. One server becomes two, two become three. Quickly it’s apparent the organization will need more computing power. Once your business has reached this point, it’s worth looking at how a hyperconverged infrastructure can help meet your IT infrastructure demands.

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What is a Hyperconverged Infrastructure?

A hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a software-defined system that creates an entire IT infrastructure within a single system. A HCI is composed of three parts: storage, network, and a hypervisor that acts as the operating system for the HCI.

Rather than having the office’s separate servers and storage devices connected via a physical network, they’re clustered together. By using a single operating system–the hypervisor–the communication between the devices is faster and more direct. This results in lower latency when users are accessing data. Integrating all the IT functions into a single system makes for noticeable performance improvement.

What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Hyperconverged Infrastructures?

Hyperconverged infrastructure is a software-defined system running on a hypervisor operating system. Traditional infrastructure relies on conventional hardware-defined systems. Traditional infrastructure is composed of physical systems (storage, servers, and network) optimized into a computing package that works together as a turnkey solution. However, latency, redundancy, disaster recovery, and scalabilty limit this infrastructure design. The likihood of a single point of failure resulting in data loss is much greater using a traditional hardware solution.

Some organizations still require on-premise systems. For those businesses, we can provide HCI on-premise. Advance2000 can provide either hosted and on-premise HCI solutions depending on your needs.

How Does a Hyperconverged Infrastructure Benefit My Business?

Resiliency

Hyperconverged Infrastructure creates redundant resilient storage systems. A business stakeholder running HCI doesn’t run the risk of losing critical data when hardware fails and needs to be replaced. The business’ data is distributed and duplicated between the multiple resources available in an HCI, bolstering resiliency. The redundancy and distribution of data across a secured HCI allows an organization’s to withstand hardware failure and downtime. Since the data is distributed across all the available resources within the HCI, you maintain access to data even if you have failed hardware.

Access to Enterprise Level Equipment

The resources needed to build and maintain secure data with an HCI on-site can be cost prohibitive. By hosting your HCI in a secure datacenter, you can benefit from economies of scale and achieve a faster ROI. Once a business surpasses the need for three servers, a hyperconverged infrastructure becomes a more economic-viable choice. Hosting in a datacenter provides your business access to enterprise class equipment which is the hardware of choice for HCI. It is usually cost prohibitive for a SMB to purchase, use, and maintain this caliber of equipment. Partnering with Advance2000 provides that capability to small business.

An Advance2000 hosted HCI eliminates traditional ideas of storage and networking capability. Advance2000’s HCI powered hosted infrastructure gives SMBs the ability to improve performance, insure business continuity and utilize technology not typically accessible to the smaller business. At Advance2000, we regularly refresh our hardware to keep our clients on the latest and greatest technology. The redundancy and resiliency of the HCI helps our clients avoid downtime due to hardware failure, maintenance, and upgrades.

Quality of Service

Organizations can utilize quality high-end enterprise equipment by partnering with Advance2000. For example, we provide our partners with robust hosted Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and can utilize HCI. IaaS and HCI work together beautifully as a hosted solution and we’d be happy to discuss how these technologies can benefit your business.

Advance2000’s hosted enterprise-level HCI provides better service because of the quality of our hardware, the increased performance it enables, and the ability to easily scale both up and down. We offer the benefits of a high-end IT experience without the complication and cost of managing it yourself.

If you want to see if hyperconverged infrastructure will increase performance, improve business continutity, and cut your the need for in-house technical expertise, schedule a consultation with us today. We understand IT frustration and can help you use technology to meet your business objectives. We apply our 20 plus years of experience to customize a plan to meet your individual business needs.

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  1. Chris France says:

    Good article as Advance2000 is well aware of the current IT trends and deploys HCI if required. We also are well aware of the pitfalls of HCI. HCI is the hardware vendors answer to continue to stay relevant and get people to keep buying HW rather than cloud services. HCI makes it a bit easier to deploy “cloud parts”. Virtualization and hardware are key components to Advance2000’s private cloud, but they are only a few of the required components. HCI makes it harder to upgrade. Think 80’s boombox. You have everything in one box–if you want a better speaker or tuner you had to go get a whole new boombox. You couldn’t replace just one of the components. HCI is a “boombox” and still requires significant capital investment, IT training, and care/feeding. A 300 person firm is going to buy just enough HCI infrastructure to service that size firm and hopefully can afford N+2 redundancy. A cloud provider like Advance2000 has 20,000+ VDIs and uses much higher levels of enterprise technology, giving our clients better economies of scale and lower costs. HCI is prettied up “traditional IT”.

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