Five Workloads That Are Ideal Candidates for Hyperconvergence
Like most IT solutions, HCI is not a one-size-fits-all system. If an organization relies on one of the following five workloads, it could benefit from hyperconvergence.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – The quintessential hyperconvergence infrastructure workload is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI environments scale predictably – each node can host a set number of virtual desktops. And, since each node houses the same hardware, IT teams can quickly and easily determine the number of nodes required to host the desired amount of VDs.
Tier 1 workloads – that is, applications that are critical to business operations – are another ideal candidate for HCI. Why? Because HCI delivers the high level of availability that organizations need for essential workloads. Vendors offer extra layers of redundancy, too, including the capability to mirror nodes and clusters.
Companies with Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) Locations – With HCI, an organization’s data can be consolidated in a central location and then accessed by employees in their local office, on the go, or at home. What’s more, there’s no need to hire an IT professional for each ROBO location. Instead, IT administrators at the company’s main office can maintain, monitor, and manage the IT infrastructure as if they were right there on site.
Application Development and Testing – Each HCI systems contain computing, networking, and storage components that can be segregated from production and other facilities. This makes them ideal for application development and testing. What’s more, HCI offers fast and precise deployment – teams can select the exact number of nodes (even as little as two or three, if needed) required.
Data Backup, Restore, and Disaster Recovery – With HCI, IT administrators can apply sophisticated data protection and disaster recovery systems across an entire organization’s infrastructure – even if it’s geographically dispersed.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Becomes More Compelling Every Day – For smaller enterprises and highly virtualized environments, hyperconverged infrastructure can potentially meet 100 percent of all IT needs. That being said, specialized workloads that require access to significant portions of data (Big Data Analytics, for example) may be better suited to other types of architecture.
But, HCI is maturing quickly, making it suitable most workloads. If it’s not already, HCI should be on every organization’s radar.
Michael Brenner is a keynote speaker, author and CEO of Marketing Insider Group. Michael has written hundreds of articles on sites such as Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, and The Guardian and he speaks at dozens of leadership conferences each year covering topics such as marketing, leadership, technology and business strategy. Follow him @BrennerMichael.
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