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When it comes to saving time and money, and improving IT performance, more and more businesses are considering investing in hyperconvergence.
Gartner says that hyperconverged integrated systems will be mainstream in only five years, with the market being worth $5 billion by 2019.1
There are several reasons for this trend. Thanks to emerging hyperconvergence technology, it’s now possible to have a consolidated on premise solution that easily combines servers, storage and virtualisation functions in a highly available virtual structure. This innovative structure can help reduce your storage space requirements, cut your power usage, and simplify the complexity of your overall solution. A hyperconverged solution is also easy to manage, resilient and can be managed through a single, easy to use interface. Plus, you can enjoy a faster time-to-value over traditional network environments.
At The Missing Link, we typically see five distinct benefits with hyperconvergence:
A consolidated, hyperconvergence solution can deliver significant cost savings. This is due to several factors:
> Less hardware to deploy - no SAN switches, less storage capacity required, and fewer nodes required.
> Lower software costs - all software costs are included, which means there is no separate server, SAN, or storage software.
> Smaller data centre footprint - lower power/ cooling/ floor space costs.
> Ability to spread costs our over time - so resources can be increased as needed, on demand, and no need to over provision or upgrade hardware which avoids performance bottlenecks.
> Possibility of greatly reducing virtualisation licensing and software costs through the use of optional AHV technology.
Organisations can also enjoy ongoing savings in operating expenses. This is due to:
> Less time required to plan for and complete purchases due to easier ordering and simple scale-out design.
> Faster deployments resulting in faster time to value for applications (fewer issues, faster POCs, etc.).
> Administrative savings due to the reduction in the number of IT silos (virtualization, servers, and storage) and due to a single management interface.
> Less time dealing with resource growth (i.e., adding compute and storage resources).
> Fewer administrative hours required for maintenance and dealing with integration issues, and less time spent migrating data between storage arrays and storage tiers.
In 2016, consultancy ESG was engaged by hyperconvergence provider, Lenovo, to conduct an economic evaluation examining how an investment in the Lenovo Converged HX series Nutanix appliances, could benefit an organisation over a three-year or five-year period. ESG’s analysis of a modeled use case leveraging a HX Series deployment resulted in an impressive 387% ROI. Businesses switching to the Lenovo HX Series also experienced 61% lower data centre facilities costs.2
By simplifying your IT infrastructure, you can significantly reduce costs through the combination of preloaded easy-to-use software on powerful, extremely reliable hardware.
Another crucial benefit of hyperconvergence is its scalability. Having hardware and software in a single location makes it easier to scale as required.
With hyperconvergence, the pay-as-you-grow set-up also enables you to add one node at a time to keep pace with business growth. This means there is no longer a need for expensive IT overprovisioning, and you can provision and scale your infrastructure in hours rather than days, weeks or months. Plus, if the system is designed with open standards, you benefit from easy integration with third-party partners for best in-class offerings.
A more simplified and streamlined infrastructure also demands significantly less time and resources to maintain. This means you can focus on core competencies and drive innovation, efficiency and agility instead of focusing on maintenance.
With compute, storage and virtualisation resources integrated into a single node, hyperconverged devices are easy to deploy. This means you can dramatically simplify your infrastructure and pool multiple sets of node resources into a single virtual structure for more efficient utilisation and management.
The success of deploying a hyperconverged solution depends on reliable server platforms that play a larger role. As servers perform both the compute and pooled storage mission, uptime is even more reliable.
By choosing a reliable server partner such as Lenovo together with Nutanix, you get ultimate peace of mind. According to ESG cost benefits study, businesses reported 56% less application downtime and delays.
With a hyperconvergence solution, businesses can also enjoy a much faster time to market. According to the ESG study, for instance, businesses using the hypercovergence solution realised 85% faster application deployment.
Improved productivity and business agility can also be enjoyed through the fact that there is a single vendor relationship to manage rather than three or more, which means improved planning, purchasing and support. New applications can also be faster to deploy and time to value is heightened.
A hyperconvergence solution also delivers significantly improved application performance, which means less application downtime and delays. The solution is also highly secure, which means you avoid the cost and hassle of potential security breaches.
Through a single pane of glass, it provides insight into management of shared resources – which makes it easier to generate results.
To find out more about the Lenovo Converged HX series Nutanix appliances, give us a call on 1300 865 865.
2 ESG, Quantifying the Value of Simplified IT Infrastructure with Lenovo Converged HX Series Appliances, December 2016
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