What is Hyperconverged?

In an era where most organizations have multiple APIs, software systems, and hardware resources, hyperconvergence offers a way to manage all of these systems from one centralized tool. It’s mainly used by large organizations with several systems spanning multiple platforms, but it’s also useful for growing small or midsized businesses that need a way to manage their systems more efficiently.

When it comes to hosting and cloud infrastructure, hyperconvergence means easier control for our end users. Vendors offer an “out of the box” solution for hyperconverged systems that can then be managed from one location. The advantage for the business is that you get a package deal for a variety of hardware and software that are pre-designed for compatibility  without mixing and matching different platforms that could be difficult to integrate with each other.

A good way to think of hyperconvergence is having multiple routers, subnets, systems, and hardware together in one network. When you set up this network, you had to integrate each component and you probably ran into some difficulty before it worked well with your current architecture. With hyperconverged systems, you get all of these components in one package and the vendor pre-qualifies and tests them for compatibility, so there is little or no configuration difficulties.

A Brief Look at VBlock and VXRail

One of the leaders in hyperconverged systems is Dell. Dell has long been a vendor for business network systems, and it’s our choice in hyperconvergence. Whether you use VXRail or VBlock depends on the data center hardware layout, but they both offer the same technology for businesses that need to add cloud hybrid systems to their LAN.

The VBlock systems offer three varieties:  System 350, System 540, and System 740. As you can guess, the higher model numbers mean more powerful resources that support large enterprise requirements.

The System 350 is good for midsize businesses that need a cloud hybrid with some scalability. It’s a good starting place for businesses that are new to hyperconvergence and need to budget IT costs. Systems 540 and 740 are enterprise level servers that can be used for resource-intensive applications.

All Dell systems incorporate Cisco hardware including Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus switches. VMware is included as your hypervisor technology, which is the leading virtualization software on the market.

Overall, both the VBlock and VXRail systems are made for data center consolidation and mid-range to enterprise-level storage solutions. If you need the power of the cloud but aren’t sure what components you need, hyperconvergence packages are perfect for an out-of-the-box solution with little configuration. Don’t forget that you can also configure and manage your resources from one dashboard, so you don’t need to log in to every resource to update or maintain them.

What Can Hyper Converged Systems Do for Me?

Most cloud services offer faster speeds and scalability for any system, so why should you go for hyperconverged systems over any other offer?  The best way to explain the advantage is to give you a hypothetical scenario.

Suppose you have an internal network with a few IT people that are already tied down with various day-to-day responsibilities. You need scalability and several resources, and you’ve decided that cloud infrastructure is the best option for you. In many cases, a large expansion would require routers, switches, servers, software and consistent maintenance.

With hyperconverged packages from a cloud provider, you can get all of these components in one. Not only do you get an entire solution, but you also get the advantage of knowing that each component is fully compatible with the others. It reduces configuration time and any returns due to incompatibility or hardware failure. Overall, it’s simpler for your IT team, and it reduces their overhead when they need to add maintenance of the new system to their daily tasks.

Overall, a hyper converged setup saves time and even costs with the reduced amount of labor overhead to maintain your cloud infrastructure. With Dell, the setup is reliable, scalable and gives you the performance you need to ensure that cloud resources support your applications.

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