24/11/20

Hyper-convergent rhymes with hyper-convenient

Speed. A word that shapes our days: everything flows fast, we work hard to do more and more in the shortest possible time. More and more speed is expected from everything and every service, including IT services. As a result, in order to grow and survive in the age of digital transformation, companies must transform rapidly and investment in digital processes becomes a priority. This is where the word hyperconvergence comes in.

What is meant by hyperconvergence?

Hyperconvergence systems consist of a single block integrated between software and hardware, a technology that allows to distribute on at least two physical servers (called hypervisors) all the components necessary for the functioning of the environment that can be servers, storage, network, firewall etc..
This technology is useful to minimize compatibility problems between different components, but it is also able to reduce the purchase and maintenance costs of the related hardware, without sacrifying in any way the requirements of high reliability and performance. The aim is to eliminate all "single points of failure" by managing them from a single system.
In fact, a hyper-conversive system lightens the management of IT structures, as everything is entrusted to an integrated interface that makes processes automated and fast, allowing different operations to be carried out in just a few clicks. As a result, there is less need for IT specialists, who can then dedicate themselves to more applicative activities.
To obtain an apparatus of this type it is necessary to start from traditional servers with disks on board, the hyperconvergence software will take possession of the disk part. The redundancy of the data is obtained by performing a synchronous replication of all the writes on (at least) one other host. This means that virtual machines always exist on at least two hypervisors.

To sum up, what are the advantages of a hyperconversive system?

  1. Semplicity and scalability
    By adding storage capacity, or entire nodes, the system expands easily. Hyperconvergence helps both the peripheral systems, where the data is actually generated, and the central systems of the company where it is processed. Thanks to hyperconvergence systems, the edge has the ability to calculate and process data before sending it to the core systems, saving space and bandwidth. On the other hand, the core systems have all the scalable computing power to process this information quickly.
  2. Hardware compatibility
    No particular hardware features or vendor-related requirements should be chosen to compose a hyperconversive infrastructure.
  3. Better performance
    By leveraging caches on Solid State Drive disks, performance can be significantly improved.
  4. No vendor Lock-in
    As a software solution, it is not bound and limited to a single manufacturer, but allows to choose the most effective solution according to the company's needs, determining a great value in terms of maintaining the investments already made.
  5. Low Total Cost of Ownership
    The use of standard hardware makes it possible to reduce acquisition costs immediately and to have a solution that responds more quickly to market changes. The flexibility and scalability of these systems allows to adopt a pay-as-you-grow model, making investments only if and when necessary.

In conclusion, the adoption of a hyperconversive system will lead to adequate process optimisation that will only lead to cost optimisation.

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