Eight steps to determine if hyperconverged is the right solution for your organization

Published: Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:05

Hyperconverged technology is a new trend, but it is not suitable for every organization. It is important to assess any proposed implementation carefully to ensure that it doesn’t become a business risk in its own right.

In the not-too-distant past, technology solutions consisted of separate servers, storage and networks configured and physically managed on-premise based on a custom design for every client. Then came converged technology which combined servers and storage according to a reference architecture to deliver a pre-built, pre-packaged solution. The next evolution of converged technology is hyperconverged technology – solutions that integrate servers, storage, networking, virtualization, and automation, orchestration and IT services into a single solution. A key distinction between converged and hyperconverged is the addition of built-in software-defined storage.

While industry pundits agree that hyperconverged may well be ‘the next big thing’, Logicalis US cautions CIOs to begin their investigation by first understanding their project scope, requirements, and their long-term strategy.

“Hyperconverged technology offers a lot of promise, but you have to align the promise with your specific requirements and the vision of what you’re trying to accomplish,” says Paul Abram, Data Center and Enterprise Compute Practice Leader, Logicalis US.  “Hyperconvergence is a great solution for specific workloads. If you’re deploying a VDI solution, have requirements for remote branch offices, or need to build a pilot hybrid cloud strategy with automated on-prem-to-cloud workflows, a hyperconverged strategy may be right for you. It’s an exciting set of technologies, but it’s not necessarily for every application workload. We see clients adopting this as part of their multi-year IT strategy, but it is framed to specific use cases and business needs.”

According to Abram, the value that hyperconverged solutions offer over other forms of IT infrastructure is flexibility and the inclusion of a software-defined management layer that makes the software-defined enterprise easy to achieve and cost-effective to scale out. The built-in automation and orchestration capabilities allow customers to take a strong step forward in creating a cloud-like experience within their own data center / centre and to move from a manually intensive second platform operating model into a very dynamic environment that lends itself to third-platform flexibility.

Are you undergoing a data center refresh because of a merger, acquisition or aging technology? Do you need to refresh branch offices?  Do you have a relevant application stack? Logicalis experts say these are the kinds of scenarios that should trigger CIOs to begin investigating hyperconverged solutions. To help IT pros determine if hyperconverged is the right solution for their business, Logicalis has created an eight-step process that begins with clearly defining the needs of the business: