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Hyperconverged Infrastructure: A Modern Data Center

27 Mar 2018 by Isabel Ticlo

Business is moving at an unprecedented rate, resulting in demanding workloads that require a vast amount of data to be processed more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

While hyperconverged systems enable greater performance across enterprise servers, outdated IT infrastructure and first-generation systems can no longer keep up. Businesses today require advanced security, flexibility, reliability and analytics to overcome everyday data center challenges.

Let’s take a look at some of the technologies that can help your organization achieve Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) — and the processing power needed to ensure maximum productivity and agility for improved Virtual Machine (VM) density and lower overall costs.

Unlocking software-defined storage

As businesses continue to scale their offerings, software-defined storage solutions can help evolve infrastructure without causing disruptions. One of the key benefits of investing in a modern storage solution such as this is security.

Having a reliable and secure system is critical as organizations expand and collect analytics to track operations better, monetize existing offerings and make more informed decisions. In addition, management capabilities will be a game changer, reducing the amount of software needed to execute an activity — while also streamlining integration processes.

All-flash optimized, software-defined storage solutions, such as VMware vSAN, can help your business confidently secure data, easily manage operations and quickly adopt HCI.

Reliable deployments and performance

You may have written this option off, believing new technologies are expensive. But it’s important to understand that older systems lack sufficient storage performance and limit Input/Output (I/O) — potentially wasting processors and memory.

To rapidly deliver modernization across your mission-critical workloads requires an updated data center. Investing in newer technologies can you’re your business in the long run by:

  • Increasing memory pool capabilities
  • Maximizing CPU performance
  • Improving endurance
  • Optimizing cloud storage architecture
  • Enabling enterprise-ready security

Solutions that combine memory and storage — and maintain speed and agility while lowering the cost of running virtual workloads — will help your business meet both capacity and performance needs.

For example, Intel Xeon Scalable processors, when combined with Optane Solid-State Drives (SSDs), accelerate applications, allow larger data set deployments, and offer real-time analytics and insight into memory pools. This helps IT architects spend less time evaluating, selecting and purchasing supporting hardware, and more time on preparing for the future.

A verified foundation for HCI

Virtualization and HCI are transforming the ways businesses operate by simplifying maintenance, reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increasing IT agility without wasting memory performance — lowering the overall cost per VM. In fact, solutions such as Intel Optane combined with VMware vSAN can result in 2.5x more VMs per cluster and up to 2.3x better price per performance.1

When your teams have the tools they need to streamline complex processes with automatic verifications and benchmarking, they’ll have more availability to focus on innovation.

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1 Fellows, R. (July 2017). Intel Next Generation Technology – Powering New Performance Levels. Evaluator Group.