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Time to upgrade your infrastructure? Weighing the costs of traditional vs. hyperconverged



Upgrade envy – from new phones to new cars, we love the latest technology. Yet how do we know when it’s the right time to upgrade? Common sense tells us that when the cost of maintenance begins to outweigh the cost of bigstock-Weight-Scale--107266037.jpgthe upgrade, it’s wise to start looking.

Many businesses are evaluating hyperconverged infrastructure in an attempt to rein in escalating maintenance costs and increased complexity in their data centers. But how do you know if you should make the switch?

The not-so-hidden costs of traditional IT

The first thing to calculate is your current maintenance costs. Keep in mind that mid-sized businesses and many enterprises’ remote offices are filled with legacy IT systems that were never designed for agility. These systems are often too complex and too hard to maintain, creating data silos and management silos that lead to VM sprawl and islands of IT.

This type of disjointed IT infrastructure has independent compute, storage and SAN silos that are dedicated to specific business applications. Today’s ever-changing applications and services (such as cloud computing, virtual desktop infrastructure and DevOps) all require an IT infrastructure that is more agile, scalable and affordable. The modern data center also demands simplicity in order to keep OpEx low. Keeping expensive IT specialists on-site is becoming a luxury that few mid-sized businesses or remote offices can afford.

Hyperconvergence saves money

According to a recent report by analyst firm Gartner Inc., hyperconverged systems will be the fastest-growing segment of the overall market for integrated systems by 2019. Report after report tells us that customers are gravitating to hyperconverged solutions to simplify operations, which saves money.

Due to their all-in-one configuration, hyperconverged systems allow you to build, scale and protect your IT infrastructure more affordably and effectively than any other option available today. And software-defined intelligence reduces operational management, providing automated provisioning of compute and storage capacity for dynamic workloads.

Start small, scale up when you’re ready

When it comes to hyperconverged solutions, not all are alike. To determine the best fit, businesses need to look carefully at the potential CapEx and OpEx savings. HPE offers HPE Hyper Converged solutions powered by Intel®, that deliver low cost-to-scale, supporting more VMs per node, which results in lower hardware and software costs. And because you don’t need an entirely new appliance to add storage (if you have space in existing nodes), you also save money. No separate backup appliance is required, which also gives you significant savings.

HPE Hyper Converged solutions are so easy to implement and manage that costly server, storage and networking specialists are not needed on-site, saving you even more. An IT generalist can easily manage, maintain and integrate your HPE hyperconverged infrastructure.

If upgrade envy is taking hold in your data center, don’t hold back. Upgrading to the right hyperconverged solution could save you resources, time and money.

For more details, check out these articles: 
How hyperconvergence meets IT’s hierarchy of needs
Put IT operations into hyper-drive with hyperconvergence


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