Hyper Converged Infrastructure HCI – a converged approach to solve a distributed problem
Spearheaded by many industry leaders, Hyper Converged Infrastructure HCI has been transforming today’s data network infrastructure. HCI virtualizes network functions to achieve simplicity, flexibility and cost saving by redefining blocks as application focused blocks and thus managing them logically. Whereas, the old school idea of managing deals with physical entities such as computation unit, storage blocks or network connections. In HCI, the focus is application where all physical entities hidden within each application module. HCI combines compute, storage and networking into easy to use data appliances.
The immediate benefits of Hyper Convergent Infrastructure HCI approach are as follows:
- Lower costs (by simplifying hardware and software)
- Smaller more efficient IT staff (because no high expertise needed on specialized devices)
- Gain through Automation (Automation is inherent with this structure)
- Simplified Procurement and Support (since there’s no need to support or buy specialized equipment)
- Increased Data Protection (since modularity inherently promotes redundancy and replication)
- Improved overall network performance (network traffic is now localized within each application and not fighting for bandwidth on shared network)
Why is Hyper Converged Infrastructure HCI necessary?
The emergence of the Internet and Cloud puts increased demands on data center infrastructure to be more simple, flexible, scalable, less cost and easier to manage. Crucial structural improvements must take place so that growth, manageability and data protection in data networks can be happen easily.
Hyper Convergent Infrastructure HCI will bring about those important benefits to large data networks in the same way that SMARTOffice data appliances bring to Small Business data networks.
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