’Tis a gift to be simple, as the old song has it, and it’s one that would be most welcome in many modern data centers. Simplicity is the essence of speed, and speed is what organizations need to survive and thrive in today’s hectic and disruption-prone business environments.
IT leaders are looking for solutions that are quick to deploy and straightforward to manage. At first glance, infrastructure-as-a-service seems an attractive option. It effectively accelerates some IT operations by outsourcing them.
But not every application or workload is right for public cloud. Most organizations have some applications and data – social security numbers, credit card information, for instance – that they would prefer to keep on-premises, for security, compliance and accountability reasons. The anticipated speed gains from cloud don’t always materialize, given the need for cloud apps to run in web browsers via Internet connections.
The public cloud has other drawbacks, too; it enables the lines of business to work outside of IT, and it disguises and hides costs.
Cloud speed meets its match
An alternative solution that can match the cloud’s speed and convenience is hyperconverged infrastructure. Hyperconverged systems integrate compute, storage, and virtualization resources in a single box. Hyperconvergence is a fast, flexible platform that’s quick to deploy and easy to manage and maintain. It’s an ideal solution for creating and managing VMs; optimizing virtualized desktop infrastructure; supporting remote offices or branch offices; and building private clouds.
Not all hyperconvered offerings are created equal. Some lack the ability to integrate easily with your broader IT environment, so they may require a costly rip-and-replace, and you run the risk of adding another technology island to your data center.
Look for a solution like the HPE Hyper Converged 380 that connects to and coordinates with the equipment you already own. This solution can host your existing client-server virtualized workloads as well as cloud-native applications. That enables you to layer varied workloads quickly and easily without having to do a lift-and-shift or migrate those workloads to a larger platform.
The HPE Hyper Converged 380 unleashes the speed and responsiveness you need. Plus, it can be managed by a single IT generalist.
Hyperconverged infrastructure is the IT gift that keeps on giving. If you’d like to learn more, check out this on-demand webinar: Hyperconverged evolves with the HPE Hyper Converged 380 (requires a quick, easy registration).