For the first time ever, the advancements in technology are within the reach of Irish Enterprise and SMEs.
According to Gartner, by 2025, 80% of enterprises will have shut down their traditional technology data centre, moving into the Software Defined Data Centre space, versus 10% today.
The typical enterprise landscape that many organisations sit upon are dedicated and separate appliances often built out across numerous third-party technology providers.
This traditional IT environment has grown from a segmented framework, matched with dedicated services or infrastructure for each area: compute, storage, networking, security, backups and disaster recovery etc.
Configurations and troubleshooting are often complex practices that occur onsite. This often requires specialist operational and maintenance skills for each area. This segmentation invariably increases the cost of IT talent, and results in limited cross-stack visibility.
It also reduces the ability to be agile in responding to business needs. Traditional technology systems need manual intervention and a customised approach every time you need to scale.
Not to mention the investment involved to conduct system refreshes, which is often an endless cycle of capital funneled into operation systems. In addition, an ever-present cost on the company balance sheet.
Embracing the Virtualized Data Centre
We are seeing company leaders building their IT strategies with a focus on their application portfolio and service offering, instead of the traditional infrastructure. Why?
Firstly, virtualization has been a major driver in evolving traditional technology in separating the software services from its underlying hardware. This reduces the requirement for dedicated hardware as a specific function, collapsing the software into individual appliances. The appliance can be programmed and managed from a centralised management platform.
The real business benefits you get from virtualizing your storage, network, compute together:
– Current technology has the capability to converse and implement automated functions on your behalf. By simplifying your infrastructure and making it virtualized & programmable, you can then automate. Then you can make it repeatable.
– Holistic renewal: Instead of staggering individual components upgrades like SAN, Compute, Networking, Backups or DR in isolation, refresh them as a bundle. If you get this refresh cycle in-step, then you can look at technologies such as Hyper Converged and get all the associated benefits.
What is Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?
Hyper-converged infrastructure has been growing for a number of years, becoming the standard for on premise and hybrid cloud integrations. HCI combines storage, computing, networking and virtualization resources into one single system, pre-integrated in a scale-out server. The server resources or nodes are pooled together in one virtual cluster. As a result, additional servers can be added for scale, enhancing compute power or storage capacity.
Why Consider Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?
Technology vendors are embracing innovative ways of implementing virtualization and hyper-converged infrastructure. And we are seeing these innovations benefit both green-field sites, and specific application workloads such as virtual desktop infrastructure, test and dev, and remote office.
The Benefits of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI):
Firstly, reduce your data-centre footprint – Encompass server and storage requirements with a few nodes and without the need for separate SAN and storage infrastructure.
– Simplifying management: Fully integrated interface allows you to easily manage and automate daily tasks using scripting and VM level policies. Furthermore, HCI can also integrate into existing VMware and Hyper-V tools. This manages storage, compute and virtualization from a single pane.
– Scalability and Agility: Finally, HCI can be sized for current requirements but can be scaled for future demands as they arise. Build HCI clusters in a much shorter period with a lot less configuration required. Adding a node is a very simple operation. A few clicks in a few minutes, and a node is added to a cluster and is fully available.
– Data protection is comprehensive and over-arching.
To evolve into more innovative and automated ways of using technology, you need a solid foundation to build upon to enable the next jump in innovative technology.