The IT industry is constantly pressured to provide more services, with less time and restrictive budgets. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is just jargon for the use of one provider to supply more than one area of IT for your business. The adoption of a single provider can have its benefits.
Imagine the efficiency of an entire IT solution delivered by a single provider. This service bundle would allow for streamlined deployment of resources, technical support, resulting in increased business productivity. Additionally, dealing with one provider means companies can use their time efficiently on business-critical activities, thus improving productivity while seeing an increase in ROI. It also has the added benefit that if something goes wrong, you’ve only got one backside to kick.
By choosing one provider, the necessity of hiring specialist engineers is lost which, in turn, removes expense. Keeping capital expenditure low in times of such technological transformations can prove tough, even for the most financially savvy minds. HCI radically lessens the cost of IT infrastructure; by removing isolated systems. The infrastructure style prevents common over-purchasing mistakes, as well as over-provisioning and, therefore, maximises the return on investment.
Additionally, the ease of scalability jumps out as another substantial benefit of this architecture. HCI allows a company to scale its services in line with company growth. In addition to being able to scale services, a company can optimise productivity by monitoring virtual environments through one interface.
Benefits of HCI
By considering the efficiency, capacity, flexibility, management and monitoring issues ubiquitous with other infrastructure, HCI can:
- Track what data belongs to which VM within a virtual environment
- Increase the efficiency of VMs by removing redundant read-write processes
- Improve the capacity of a virtualised environment by optimising how data is used and stored
- Increase power and space within an environment by integrating processing and storage into a single server
Overall, the idea of a single-vendor approach comes out on top of the benefits of HCI – the design, support and deployment provides a single point of contact for customers.
HCI with 4D in practice
"The idea of having a colocation and connectivity provider within one organization so that you only have to call one person is novel, it saves time and effort, allowing me to focus on the things I need to. Thinking that two separate providers will be cheaper than putting both services with one is also not necessarily true. Getting two providers to marry up and work together seamlessly is hard, and it's the customer who ends up suffering." - Michael Kinnear, Pemberton Greenish