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So what can you do with a hyperconverged system?

WhitneyGarcia

 

What can you do with hyperconverged infrastructure – a system that tightly couples compute, software-defined storage and software-defined intelligence in a single, compact appliance?

The possibilities are legion, but as the market for info graphic.pnghyperconvergence continues to take shape, a triad of core use cases is emerging, as you can see by clicking on the infographic at the end of this post. The data comes from a new survey by ActualTech Media that offers some detailed insights into the current state of the hyperconvergence space. You can read an executive summary here: Hyperconverged Infrastructure in the Modern Enterprise. While there, a quick and easy registration will get you to the full survey report.

Here’s my own take on the Big Three hyperconvergence initiatives:

Virtual desktop infrastructure. For a while, the first wave of VDI implementations seemed to be losing steam as it ran up against unforeseen complexities. But businesses just can’t give up on the efficiency gains (not to mention the user appreciation!) that come from freeing up users from their desktops. And they’re increasingly aware of the security benefits of consolidating control of desktop apps and data in the data center, as opposed to having it distributed across many local devices. Hyperconverged systems can help IT get client virtualization projects moving again. The ActualTech Media report has some very helpful background on this, including numbers for VDI adoption in general and by company size, as well as info on respondents’ overall experience with the technology.

Remote and branch offices (ROBOs). If you think of hyperconverged solutions as a kind of software-defined data center in a box – which is actually not a bad way to picture them – the advantages for ROBO deployments are pretty clear. Tightly integrated systems give you fast time-to-value. Management of the infrastructure is simplified, so you can run it without specialized IT skill sets that may be hard to find locally. The survey report identifies some of the challenges that ROBO installations face and analyzes preferences for hyperconverged vs. traditional infrastructure in these environments.

Cloud computing. Hyperconverged solutions are a natural if you’re looking to build a private cloud. If you want a hyperconverged solution that will help you find the right mix of public cloud and private cloud, check out HPE’s “cloud-in-a-box” solution HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard powered by Intel®. And see the ActualTech Media report for some great insights on how companies are approaching infrastructure choices for private cloud deployments.

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You can learn more about HPE Hyperconverged systems here.

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