Hyper-Convergence: The Modern Way to Enable Innovation

Increase Efficiency with Centralized Management

Kurt Hildebrand
Kurt Hildebrand
Data Center

Most of the time managing legacy data centers is spent on troubleshooting, provisioning, and conducting routine maintenance tasks. These activities consume the majority of IT resources, restricting IT’s ability to drive business innovation.

Hyper-convergence is a computing infrastructure for virtual workloads that seamlessly combines all of the IT components and services below the hypervisor into an x86 building block. With hyper-convergence, there are no silos of independent IT components and no need to manage discrete devices or require specialized training in component-level technology.

Moving to hyper-convergence in the data center allows organizations to shift IT resources from low-value operations to high-value innovation, so that IT can better support the strategic goals of the business. Hyper-convergence combines computing, storage, networking, and management into an integrated system, providing all of the resources in one centrally managed location. By implementing hyper-convergence and simplifying data center management, IT can spend less time on routine maintenance and more energy on strategic business initiatives.

A hyper-converged data center infrastructure addresses the problem of siloed architectures and IT sprawl by pooling and sharing IT resources. Rather than dedicating a set of resources to a particular computing technology, application or line of business, hyper-converged infrastructures create a pool of unified virtual infrastructure shared by multiple applications and lines of business, greatly reducing costs compared with operating a traditional environment.

Hyper-converged data centers allow an organization to scale seamlessly and dynamically, with the efficiency and ease of managing the environment from one central console, no matter how much the organization grows. Program development, testing and quality assurance can all be done in one environment, increasing productivity and efficiency. Rather than having to manage each siloed environment, IT staff can now focus on higher-value and more innovative activities.

The ability to centrally manage virtual environments globally through a single interface is key to improving operational efficiency and reducing operational expenses. IT can dramatically reduce capacity required for storage and backup while streamlining the ability to backup, restore, clone, or move a VM from a single management console.

Centralized management allows IT to create and update policies for thousands of VMs across dozens of remote sites from a single console. And with hyper-converged data centers, IT can get the enterprise-class performance, protection, and resiliency required while streamlining operations and freeing up resources to focus on strategic initiatives. Connection offers a range of Data Center Services to help customers migrate to hyper-converged data centers and allow IT to support more high-value and innovative solutions to drive business growth.

Kurt Hildebrand

Kurt is Director of the Data Center Practice at Connection with over 17 years of experience in storage, networking, virtualization, clustering, disaster recovery, and business consulting. He holds several professional certifications, including Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator (CCEA), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), EMC Certified Integration Engineer (EMCIE), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), VMware Certified Professional (VCP). In his free time, Kurt enjoys strategy games, the outdoors, theater, and live music.

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