Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is the next-level modern data centre infrastructure for faster and reliable storage performance. In short, HCI combines computing, storage and networking into a single system. The result? Simplified management, consolidated resources and reduced costs. Let’s view these benefits.
1. Consolidate multiple IT functions
Hyper-converged infrastructure is a model which combines the multiple functions of the data centre, including storage, networking, compute, backup, in a single, virtualised solution. Having these multiple functions on the same platform is the main advantage. All workloads are stored on the platform, making it easier to migrate VMs between different units.
2. Expand data centre capacity
In hyper-converged infrastructure, all data centre components are prepackaged into scalable units controlled and managed by central software, much like the software-defined data centre. Each HCI is a self-contained unit designed to include every hardware component needed and allow the expansion of data centre capacity by adding additional units.
Virtualization can increase IT agility, flexibility, and scalability while creating significant cost savings. Workloads get deployed faster, performance and availability increases and operations become automated, resulting in IT that’s simpler to manage and less costly to own and operate.
3. Lower operational costs
HCI brings data and operational costs down without significantly disrupting business operations. Businesses save significant expenses with additional storage and computing appliances. Hyper-converged infrastructure is more efficient than legacy infrastructure and integrated system parts.
4. Simplify deployments
Hyper-converged infrastructure gives businesses the advantage of agility over traditional legacy infrastructure by simplifying deployment. Businesses can scale infrastructure rapidly for deployment by simply adding another node to the existent infrastructure instead of configuring and deploying more storage or capacity through costly component updates.
VMware deployed its industry-leading storage virtualisation software, VMware vSAN, in its IT environment to power HCI in support of more cost-efficient virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and remote office operations. vSAN hyper-convergence can support multiple data centres, allowing businesses to adjust deployment according to VM configuration.
Watch here how companies use the benefits of VMware hyper-converged infrastructure to modernise the data centre for agility, scalability and cost efficiency.
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