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Tapping into the full power of your hyperconverged infrastructure


Tapping into hci scale.jpgLet’s say you are planning a BBQ and you need to buy the beer. You do some quick math and determine you either need seven 24-packs (168 bottles total) or a 15.5 gallon beer keg (equal to about 165 bottles). If you buy the cases, you’d get a little more for your money and everyone gets individual bottles, but have you considered how and where are you going to store and chill 168 individual bottles of beer? All the coolers and ice you’ll need, not to mention unpacking seven cases of beer, providing easy access to the coolers, and collecting and returning empties after the party. And what if it rains, and only half the people show up – where do you put all those extra bottles? Alternatively, a keg can be cooled in one big bucket, involves less labor to manage, and your guests can access it easily once the keg is tapped. It’s all about simplicity and scalability. Both of these scenarios provide plenty of beer for the party, but only one is easy to scale and manage.

Arguably, the most underrated benefit of hyperconverged infrastructure is scalability. A scale-out architecture provides flexibility and extensibility to the datacenter. Using a hyperconverged node (or box), you can easily start with what is needed and add more – should you require it. And it’s simple to manage. It comes down to managing multiple units or investing in the capacity of one.

Scaling up and out with hyperconverged infrastructure

HPE SimpliVity powered by Intel® works much like the keg – allowing customers to get more capacity from a single node when compared to some alternatives that would require customers to start with three or more nodes per deployment. And that is true for multi-sites as well. In a global datacenter, you can deploy a HPE SimpliVity node at each site while maintaining equal or sometimes greater efficiency than other vendors that would argue more nodes equal more efficiency. In fact, HPE SimpliVity guarantees 10:1 data efficiency (although, on average, customers experience about 40:1 data efficiency), which means that HPE SimpliVity can offer at least 10x more effective capacity per node. With a higher upper limit per node for capacity, HPE SimpliVity nodes are denser – effectively letting you do more with less nodes. Not to mention that you’d have less to manage in your datacenter.

HPE takes hyperconvergence one step further, too. With HPE SimpliVity, you have much more flexibility in how much you can scale up or wide. With the ability to upgrade nodes by adding CPU, RAM, networking, storage, or all of the above, allows for variability in meeting customer needs. It can be achieved through field upgrades to existing datacenter nodes or flexibility in the purchasing process. Scaling up and upgrades can also improve widespread scaling (what some call “geoscaling”) which is similar in the way you can expand nodes at multiple datacenters, making it possible to share and manage the multiple sites as one resource pool to accommodate requirements in capacity and performance, which not all hyperconverged vendors can do.

While you may not buy a keg for your next backyard BBQ, there is a clear benefit to investing in superior capacity in your datacenter rather than a “buy by the drink” method. Want to learn more about HPE SimpliVity? Download this free eBook.


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