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7 benefits of hyper-convergence in data centres and how they help you adapt to the future

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If you have a lot of different technologies and resources that you’re juggling through your IT work, it may be worth trying out a hyper-converged system. Here’s some information on the approach including some of the benefits of using this type of system going forward.

 

What Is Hyper-Convergence in the Context of Data Centres?

According to Tech Target hyper-convergence allows using your storage, networking resources, and virtualisation resources all together in tight alignment. Most data centres are going to have these resources and approaches filled up all separately. There are a number of advantages to using a hyper converging approach as opposed to the more traditional approach, related specifically to efficiency.

Making Things Simple

By putting everything into a single vendor including the implementing, operating and procuring parts of the situation, you ensure that fewer problems arise. An example of this sort of problem is when various vendors blame other vendors for some problem with your data centre. Making it so that it’s all done by a single vendor in a single package, this makes this less of an issue. It also means that it’s easier to see how all the different parts interact since they are all created to work that way with a singular approach.

Plus, it means that you don’t have to contact ten different vendors who will all deny that there’s a problem. If you have a problem, it will be from the one vendor, and you only have to call them. It also means that your point of contact is going to be singular throughout the entire life of the systems. This means that there’s a significant advantage over integrated systems where all of the different firmware updates have to converge properly inside multiple stacked devices. With a hyper-converged system in a data centre, instead, there’s only one upgrade at a time and no finagling with how the various parts interact.

Security

Protecting data is one of the most important aspects of any system in a data centre. This is a major downside in an old style integrated system because there’s so much complexity. So-called “legacy” systems mean that you are stuck with your decisions and new pieces that you may want to add later could add even more complexity as well as other difficulties into the system. This complexity is exactly what causes leaks in security that can lead to breaches. You have to worry about handling processes like recovering files, backing them up in the first place, and dealing with potential disaster in a complex way because of how the system works.

When it comes to hyper-converged systems, you can instead get all of these processes built right into the whole system which is singular anyway so that it will affect them all equally.

Making It Automatic

Another important aspect to note for how hyper-converged data centres give you an advantage is when it comes to using systems that work by themselves, or with minimal managing. For example, with a hyper-converged system, all the different parts of the system can often be controlled with a single tool set. This means that you can tweak everything the way you want it without having to open one different tool after another all on different systems which can take forever and lead to mistakes as people miss things after each changeover or just out of sheer frustration. One other advantage to this is that compatibility is less of an issue between automated systems.

Scaling Benefits

It’s easy to scale things when you’re focusing on hyper-convergence because everything is designed to work by way of blocks. You can expand the alibis of your virtualisation and other systems by just adding more blocks. Everything is designed to level up one level at a time, which also makes it so that you don’t have to invest a lot of money in each upgrade. A smaller upgrade cost also means that you’ll be able to start using what you add much faster as well.

 

What The Trend Means to Southeast Asia

There’s some evidence that shows that converged and even hyper-converged platforms are starting to garner interest in this particular area. The early stages of the trend started last year regarding laying the groundwork for infrastructures to make it happen. This means that it’s going to be a good time to get started and get ahead of the rest of the competition. Areas like Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore are already considering trying out this systematic approach to get their IT costs way down and make their processes far simpler and more streamlined.

This is also going to mean that people end up needing less training and you may need fewer employees to worry about it as well since everything is integrated into one relatively homogeneous system. All of the hardware for networking, computing, and storage are one-off components that are all put into a single area, so they will be easier to understand and work with. It also means that the components aren’t stuck to the foundational infrastructure underneath them, allowing for considerable flexibility.

According to Computer Weekly, the hyper-converged market will be up to nearly a quarter of the market by 2019, with a worth of around five billion US dollars. This means that this trend hitting the Asian market is only a matter of time since it’s likely to hit everywhere in the next few years. As a result, you’re going to end up with a particular advantage if you get into it now since the Asian market especially is still in its infancy and you’ll end up ahead of where everyone else is.

 

How This Trend Affects Senior IT Managers and Influencers

Obviously, staying on top of this trend is going to be important to those interested in the field because of the possible ability to lower overhead in IT departments and increase efficiency and accuracy in data centres. In particular, the benefit of making automated processes easier is important because it means that you don’t have to worry about making sure that different products from different manufacturers are all going to work together efficiently. Since it’s all one environment, your automation will function efficiently, and you can be sure of this.

Everything is getting smaller and more efficient with more ability for you to choose how it all works together and how it all can expand. This is going to be particularly important given the breakneck speed of technological change that’s expected to occur in the future. You need to be able to adapt to future conditions involving your data centre setup, and so having an adaptable system is going to be essential to making sure that you don’t get stuck with something that’s no longer relevant in the new reality that’s coming inevitably.

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