There's only one reason to switch to a hyperconverged infrastructure: it solves a business or IT problem for you. If the way your business is managing your IT is working for you, you may not need to change: just because everybody else is doing it isn't a good reason. Here's a list of the five business and IT problems that hyperconverged solutions can help you solve. Do you recognize your business or IT operations in any of them?
1. You need to support a remote location where you have limited IT staff.
Supporting IT infrastructure is a challenge when there isn't anyone onsite with the expertise to investigate problems. Hyperconverged infrastructure simplifies supporting these sites. The site doesn't need an IT team with separate expertise in servers, storage, and networking; there's only one product to become familiar with and only one vendor to call for assistance.
2. You want to get cloud benefits, but your data—or your business users—aren't ready for public cloud.
The cloud offers many IT benefits, but not every business is comfortable handing over control of their IT infrastructure to a cloud provider. Your business may want to keep sensitive data inside your network, where the risks of exposing it may be lower. Hyperconverged infrastructure lets you build your own private cloud, gaining the benefits of scalability, reliability, and self-service without the risks of the public cloud.
3. Resolving infrastructure problems results in too many calls to vendors who deny their component could be the cause.
Traditional infrastructure designs use products from many vendors, and IT departments typically have multiple teams, with one responsible for networking, one responsible for servers, and one responsible for storage. Resolving problems can be a game of hot potato, with every team denying responsibility for the issue (or with their vendors denying responsibility for the issue). Because hyperconverged infrastructure means a single vendor delivers and supports all those infrastructure components, you can consolidate support teams and there's never any question of who you need to call for help.
4. New projects are delayed because adding the infrastructure takes too long or costs too much.
When new projects require new infrastructure, there can be long delays to purchase and provision the new equipment, meaning lost business opportunity. Hyperconverged infrastructure is built to add nodes and scale easily at commodity component costs.
5. Your disaster recovery plans are a disaster.
Running primary systems always takes priority, and disaster recovery plans are a complicated after-thought. Devising failover strategies and managing mirrored storage are complicated. Hyperconverged infrastructure has backup and replication built in, plus unified management consoles making it easy to manage failure scenarios.
If you're struggling to solve one of these business or IT problems, hyperconverged infrastructure may offer a solution that will make your IT more effective and more cost efficient. Contact dcVAST to learn more about the benefits of a hyperconverged solution. We offer design, implementation, and support services including managed Nutanix services to help you leverage this technology and solve your IT problems.