Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solutions


Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solutions

What is Hyperconverged in a nutshell some might ask? Also how does it benefit ones organization and help improve an obsolete IT Infrastructure?

Hyperconverged infrastructure streamlines the deployment, management and scaling of datacenter resources by combining x86-based server and storage resources with intelligent software based of industry leading software defined technologies. Which separate servers, storage networks and storage arrays can be replaced with a single hyperconverged infrastructure solution to create an agile data-center that easily scales with your business.

So instead of relying on traditional 3-tier infrastructure to run production or to virtualise your datacentre. You can now start your farm with just a single node. Let’s take a look at a simple diagram below to understand this concept better.

Now with hyper-converged technology, it allows an organisation to simplify a traditional IT infrastructure all into a single box! Imagine how much data-centre footprint an organisation could reduce. Also, not to mention. This also reduces complexity to setup large and complex systems from scratch and reduces deployment times from weeks/months to days!

Some common use cases enterprises and organisation are using Hyper-Converged Infrastructure can be seen in the following section.

Deploy Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Deployment time for apps and services are crucial for businesses and are especially mission critical for the success of a business. With Hybrid cloud capabilities, this allows organisations to leverage on hyper-scale infrastructure services from cloud providers such as AWS (Amazon Web Services), GCP (Google Cloud Platform) and Microsoft Azure. These are some notable and huge cloud providers, but the possibility are endless with thousands of other cloud providers soon to be recognized and supported by HCI technology.

From time to time, certain organisations have had already existing server farms which span in the thousands. HCI brings a way to centralize and consolidate workloads to run in newer IT infrastructure, no other better way non other than consolidating it inside a HCI infrastructure! Scalability and Availability concerns will be a thing of the past. With that said, and now that we have gone through what Hyperconverged infrastructure is, we can talk about some of the reputable vendor’s which InfoFabrica is working together with to provide products which operates based on this technology and its principals.

A reputable and well-known Software company, established in the year 1998, VMware has had profound experience in developing and providing stable and well-known virtualization software to the market. InfoFabrica currently is partnering with VMware to resell and provide consultation services for some of its Hyper-Converged technology such as vSphere (Compute Virtualization), vSAN (Storage Virtualization), and NSX (Network Virtualization).

VMware has a vision with SDDC (Software Defined Data Centre) concept whereby all underlying traditional infrastructure is virtualization under one hardware.

Do watch the video to understand more about vSAN offering by VMware and what it does for an organisation.

Depending on the business requirements and needs, NetApp has HCI solutions to cater for various needs and requirements. NetApp HCI which is also powered by VMware, allows organisation to focus on other high priority task, without worrying about infrastructure related matters. Also, with NetApp HCI, and with the use of customisable API and plug-ins. Customer can take advantage of Hybrid Cloud Features and Software’s such as:

  • Advanced networking and cloud integration (AWS)
  • Backup design and integration with StorageGRID
  • Integration of NetApp HCI with systems running ONTAP® software (FAS/All Flash FAS)
  • Integration with ONTAP Cloud (AWS or Azure)

NetApp HCI technology has evolved over first generation HCI technology by providing the following features into its platform:

Intelligent Scale

Unlike first generation HCI, Netapp HCI has independent management over pools of resources, primarily storage performance storage capacity, vCPU’s, vRAM and it even has the ability to manage license costs.

Revised Storage Architecture

A revamped storage technology that prevents data locality issues, stranding of resources and management overhead that reduces capacity wastage while at the same time being able to provide guaranteed industry leading performance

NetApp HCI comes in multiple flavours of configuration. Customer can choose to opt for Storage Tiering, or if performance is mandatory an all flash option is also available for businesses.

Below we can see a fundamental overview of how NetApp HCI Architecture looks like, and what it comprises of, also some of the basic services that it associated with.

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