What to consider when moving to Hyper Converged Infrastructure
Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) has emerged as a compelling solution to address the pain points faced by businesses with legacy IT systems. It is more cost effective and much easier to manage than traditional IT systems. If you are considering switching to HCI, read on to know the key considerations when moving to HCI.
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Choose your hypervisor carefully
A proven hypervisor should have a reputation and track record for good performance. Also, having a network of partners is essential for easy transition of any application. The hypervisor should be compatible with your existing data center and any integration challenges addressed at the outset. Most importantly, the hypervisor should enable cost savings and better performance.
An HCI solution with full automation capabilities will provide the returns on the investment made in terms of time saved. Automated storage provisioning, Just-in-time storage, self-tuning platform, and centralized management are automation services that should be present for a business to get the most out of its HCI.
Scaling traditional infrastructure tends to be expensive and time-consuming. Separate packages or infrastructure need to be purchased and tedious decision making undergone. Scaling up capabilities by addition of nodes and performance scaling to accommodate additional users or new applications are both capabilities your HCI should have.
Consistently high performing HCI is required in an environment with hybrid workloads and various business applications. Primary storage systems should be flash-enabled. Next generation hardware tools should be easily supported by the HCI without the requirement to revamp the entire system.
Data storage capabilities
Data storage capabilities of HCI should include deduplication, data compression, near zero down time and erasure coding. Once settings are configured, the administrator should be able to trust that the system will run as expected with minimal intervention thereafter.
Cost saving metrics
HCI can lower costs in several ways but the chief among them to monitor and benchmark are elimination of silos of operation, diminishing the learning curve by evolving existing expertise, and automation of routine operational processes.
Choosing a new infrastructure requires thought and planning. If either of these factors is lacking, a business could end up with unpredictable performance and poor returns on investment. To avoid an expensive mistake, keep the above factors in mind to ensure an HCI that gives your business value rather than sets it back.