Decoding Hyperconverged Infrastructure and revealing potential advantages

Posted by The Team at CXtec on May 20, 2024 6:06:19 AM

As we navigate further into the information age, business demands continue to skyrocket at an unprecedented pace. Modern...

As we navigate further into the information age, business demands continue to skyrocket at an unprecedented pace. Modern enterprises are under immense pressure to revamp their IT infrastructure to meet business demands and stay competitive. This emphasizes the critical need to invest in server technology, ensuring agility, scalability, and performance. Striking a balance between IT investment and the value it delivers, however, remains equally important

A newer approach to server infrastructure is changing the IT industry. Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is an integrated end-to-end software system that combines computing, storage, and networking within a single cluster of a server.

How HCI serves as a workaround

The fast-growing demands of traditional workloads and need to support cutting-edge technologies, such as Generative AI, require a flexible and scalable business infrastructure.

HCI is an effective workaround for potential server bottlenecks. HCI unifies various components of a data center stack (storage, compute, and networking) into a virtualized software layer under a single system. It leverages a hypervisor to create and manage virtual machines (VMs), software-defined storage, and networking.

To create an effective HCI, a business must follow these steps:

  1. Define the overall virtual environment they aim to create. This includes deciding and defining computing needs, storage requirements, and networking space.
  2. It is necessary to decide how many VMs the server should keep active at any given time.
  3. Configure the internal networks for VM traffic, storage input/output traffic, and VM management.
  4. Once established, all can be defined and controlled from a single software interface.

How HCI benefits businesses of all sizes across industries

Virtualization brings benefits and helps organizations of all sizes across various industries.

  • Scalability and flexibility - HCI systems can be scaled up or down based on business requirements. Virtualization in an HCI allows businesses the ability to optimize existing hardware for various components and maximize output.
  • Cost savings - HCI is built with off-the-shelf server components, which help businesses use the same hardware for computing, networking, and storage to reduce the total cost of ownership. These cost savings also can be accelerated by using refurbished server hardware.
  • Simpler management - HCI is easier overall to manage. Businesses do not need to worry about hardware compatibility or different components, and HCI ensures that your IT infrastructure is centralized more effectively.

Hyperconverged vs. converged infrastructure

Both converged and hyperconverged infrastructure aim to simplify IT management while accelerating and scaling business operations. Even experienced IT teams get confused between the two categories of server infrastructure. There is one key difference:

Converged infrastructure solutions are based in hardware whereas HCI solutions are based in software.

Converged architecture brings together various components to be unified in a single device, which is excellent for running computing applications locally. For use cases, such as relational databases and website servers, a converged infrastructure can run perfectly well.

HCI applications and business cases

HCI does not replace converged infrastructure but rather offers a unique set of benefits that may be appealing to certain industries or businesses. A few HCI business use cases:

  • Healthcare - HCI enables centralized management of data storage and processing. It ensures seamless access to electronic health records (EHRs) and medical imaging files. This boosts efficiency in clinical workflows, improves patient outcomes, and ensures compliance with strict data security regulations, such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Financial services - Financial services institutions leverage HCI to improve agility and flexibility. It simplifies the management of complex IT environments, enabling financial institutions to accelerate the deployment of new financial products and services. It also ensures robust data security and meets requirements of regulatory compliance. With HCI, financial firms can enhance client experiences, strengthen cybersecurity defenses, and adapt swiftly to evolving market demands.
  • Retail - Retailers utilize HCI to consolidate IT infrastructure, streamline inventory management, and optimize supply chain operations. HCI enables retail businesses to analyze client data effectively to personalize shopping experiences. HCI may be applied to both online and offline shopping channels.
  • Manufacturing - Manufacturers embrace HCI to modernize production processes and innovate. With HCI, manufacturers can manage various processes in their complex digital manufacturing ecosystems. Tasks, such as predictive maintenance and quality control to supply chain optimization, and lifecycle management, can be achieved with HCI. It helps accelerate time-to-market, reduce operational costs, and gain actionable insights to optimize productivity and competitiveness.

CXtec - Your first step to building HCI

An effective strategy for reducing the expenses of constructing HCI is to utilize refurbished hardware. Refurbished server hardware presents a budget-friendly alternative for most businesses.

CXtec provides refurbished servers that offer outstanding performance at competitive prices, often matching or surpassing that of brand-new factory products. CXtec is the largest supplier of secondary market network hardware in North America. We are known as a reliable provider of refurbished network equipment.

Through our equal2new® offerings, we present a variety of refurbished HCI servers that are inspected and restored to ensure peak performance and reliability. Leveraging our extensive network and expertise, we deliver cost-effective solutions for businesses aiming to enhance their infrastructure without compromising quality.

CXtec extends comprehensive support services to aid clients throughout the hardware lifecycle. Whether it involves installation, maintenance, or troubleshooting, our experts are devoted to guaranteeing smooth operation of refurbished servers. Your infrastructure requirements are in capable hands, supported by industry-leading reliability and client service.