March 9, 2020
For any large enterprise, one of the primeobstacles when it comes to smooth operation and management is the complexity ofthe network of data centers that are involved in the system. Not only do thesecomplex data center networks seem confusing and inefficient, but they also endup hogging up a huge chunk of the overall resources of the enterprise, meaningthat it is extremely important to come up with a viable solution for thisproblem. Fortunately, hyperconvergence is here to save you.
Hyperconvergence is based on the principlethat its name suggests- converging the various aspects of computing, datastorage, and networking onto a singular system. A hyperconverged infrastructureaims to reduce data center complexity by introducing a software based IT systemthat is much simpler and convenient to operate and manage as all resources arelocated on one central platform. A hyperconverged infrastructure employs theuse of virtualized computing, storage, and networking which are run on commercial,off-the-shelf or COTS servers. As such, all of the above mentioned elements arecollected together but are managed as separate entities, increasing efficiencywhile simultaneously reducing the workload and resource burden. Softwaredefined virtual machines are enabled by hypervisors to be treated as individualcomponents.
In a regular infrastructure which is employedin every other major enterprise, each server that has been installed onto thesystem has its own chunk of computing, storage, and memory attached to it. In ahyper converged environment, however, each of the elements would be added tothe existing pool of resources on the system, making the infrastructure morescalable and flexible as a whole. Hence, it is a consolidated form of datacenter management that rids enterprises of the need to hire specialists forevery distinguished unit as it focuses more on the collective workload than theindividual parts. The operation and management of the virtualized, softwaredefined, and even physical storage, computing, and networking can be donethrough a unified platform which makes it much easier to run applicationswithout having to modify the supporting infrastructure all that much since theresources are available for use much like a cloud with the creation of multiplenodes that can be clustered together for resource consolidation.
● To begin with, hyperconvergence makes yourdata center technology much more scalable and allows you to manage yourresources in a more efficient manner.
● Since your software defined elements willfocus more on workloads, the entire processing will also be much faster.
● In the long run, a hyper convergedinfrastructure is also incredibly cost effective since you will be needing lessmaintenance, less physical equipment, and little to no specialized technicalsupport staff.
HYPERCONVERGED VS CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE
A converged infrastructure aims to bringtogether the elements of virtualization, computing, storage, and networking butthe individual parts can still be separated as discrete components and be usedas separate units. In a hyper converged environment, however, the line betweenthe components is indistinguishable as the software defined units areintegrated.