Today we are looking at great breakthroughs in overall technology from the perspective of client requirements, so it is not surprising that companies are migrating to hyper-convergence set up.  

As one IT manager rightly pointed out “It is great to have a feature that has the ability to add nodes, and this kind of architecture is immensely beneficial to companies that are looking to streamline their architecture”. 

For those who are new to this concept, hyper-convergence is something that has sprouted from the concept of converged infrastructure or CI in short. 

What is converged infrastructure?

Most IT vendors focus on cloud computing, storage, and network, and assisting clients to integrate across the stacks. What was really required was offering “infrastructure” in a box. This effectively means bundling the components into abridged and included solutions. This really is what converged infrastructure all about.

This approach packages the basic components like networking equipment, servers, data storage, virtualization and other software into unified units. 

Here is what you get from convergence infrastructure.

Consolidated and standardized systems
 Capability to scale infrastructure rapidly
 Enhanced utilization capability and minimized costs
 Much improved reliability resulting fewer business risks
 Enabling of business innovation and agility 

Let us discuss this one by one.

Scalability

With converged infrastructure, it is very convenient to expand or diminish resources. For example, if entrepreneurs want to leverage the advantages of big data, cloud or mobility then CI is the answer for them.

Performance

CI has the capability to significantly improve utilization and reliability. For example in a virtualized environment server exploitation can be very high. With converged infrastructure, you can increase efficiencies by leveraging storage and network utilization for better performance optimization. 

Human resource utilization

With CI, a business will need less staff to manage and operate leading to significant cost savings. 

Minimized risks

With converged infrastructure, a company can reduce supply chain risk as also an operational risk. You experience inclusive procurement control, and better testing and certification of equipment, all through minimized human error. 

Innovation

With the assistance of CI vendor, a business can enjoy innovation through technological advances. Here is how:

 By offering a simplified solution through cloud 
 By having computing environments on demand companies can experiment with a potpourri of exclusive software and services. 

It is no wonder that entrepreneurs that want to make a fresh start or when their business needs rapid infrastructure growth they look to CI as a solution. 

Now a new buzzword is making rounds. And this is hyper-converged infrastructure.

So what is the difference between converged infrastructure and hyper-converged infrastructure?

CI brings the following 4 mainstays of a data center into a single environment. 

 Computer
 Storage
 Networking
 Server utilization

Hyper-convergence infrastructure comes with all the features of CI but with some more. 

It contains data de-duplication, backup application, WAN optimization and more. 

Simply put it is all about blending converged infrastructure with software-defined data center (SDDC). 

To recall, in a converged infrastructure strategy, the vendor provides a pre-arranged package of software and hardware in a single platform with the objective of minimizing compatibility issues. 

What does this mean for companies?

In conventional data center application, servers, backups, file storage systems and the like are individually configured. A professional dedicated team does this task. But such an arrangement suits businesses that have enormous amounts of data across thousands of applications. But even such firms have to face challenges when they have to rationalize costs. CI is an effective answer to such issues. 

Converged infrastructure in cloud

As explained, converged infrastructure is a modular design that contains resources in a pooled manner. Each module can contain a foreseeable unit of computer memory and storage. But CI is not without its drawbacks. The client has little leeway to alter the basic configuration of the CI. To add components separately post installation can greatly increase expenses and complexity.

But in any case, hyper-converged technologies are gaining traction. Companies are now looking beyond cloud for a technology that can boost their business efficiency. In this context, HCI or hyper-converged infrastructure seems to be the solution.

However, an IT specialist has a warning. When changing IT systems, disruptions must be kept at the most minimum. After all, downtime costs money. 

The future looks promising, as hyper-converged platforms can support PaaS allowing companies to run applications without being disturbed by the core infrastructure.