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Expert Tip: Hyperflex — A Turbocharged IT Solution

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Hyper-converged Infrastructure: refers to an infrastructure system that is largely software-defined with tightly-integrated compute,storage, networking and virtualization resources. This stands in contrast to a traditional converged infrastructure, where each of these resources is typically handled by a discrete component that serves a singular purpose. – Webopedia.com

When you have an initiative to merge and centralize power resources for your data center—now and in the future—consider Hyperflex technology. This is an true Hyperconverged system combining compute, network and storage in a single parallel platform that can scale without interruption to the initial online configuration. These basic features provide all adopters with a platform upon which they can grow. This architecture combines traditional, converged, and Hyperconvergded systems with a common management platform for ease of use. A single vendor combined with a single support model which will provide a valued ROI.

Span IT Generations
This platform will bridge IT infrastructures into next-generation type of IT that will contain HyperFlex systems built on an API-driven architecture to provide interoperability which will become required by DevOps-style IT. It also integrates an orchestration and Automation toolset which can enable cloud services. Lastly the CISCO Hyperflex Platform is designed to support multiple hypervisors, containers, and bare metal systems which will power existing and new cloud workloads moving forward.

Better Results with Lower Costs
A Hyperflex solution provides each client the ability to scale dynamically using independent compute and storage ratio’s when making additions to the base systems. This means no oversubscription of resources while maintaining a balanced work load. The compute networking and storage are simplified to improve the distribution of I/O across the platform for any workload. With these basics, the end user benefits from a platform that can grow with the ever changing Application layer using the centralized policy’s management . The client will see a system able to deliver better results in terms of performance and agility with a lower cost basis.

Proven Configuration That Is Ready to Roll
You can order a system that you can build yourself. However, you will have to perform all of the building, setup, and all of the integration, adaptability, and compatibility, testing of the various combined systems to ensure that system will operate properly. Or, you can purchase a pre-build pre-configured system that has had all of the integration and operability, automation, already tested—thus saving time itself! And this system will have a singular management system to control it, unlike the many control GUI’s that will be required for each independent system you would bring together.

Overcome the Hurdles That Hold Back Progress
In terms of business issues, there are some perceived hurdles. IT might be caught in the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt). Next will be estimated time and man power to deploy a Hyperflex system like this, due, in part, to the misunderstanding of simplicity, automation, and operational capabilities. Then, IT may be very use to a single bare metal systems approach—which is what they have been doing for the last 20 years, or so. Finally will be the misconception of time to deploy with regard to integration and compatibility into their existing environment.

DIY vs Pre-Built
I have setup and built singular complex systems. I have put together a build in which you own converged systems. This took about 6 months just to integrate and test, then another 3 to 4 months to adapt into my production environment. Now, that being said, I could have completed this effort in half that time by purchasing a pre-built hyperconverged system that is configured, tested, and operational as a base system with all components already compatible on day one. Then I would have not only bought back time, I would only have had to perform a simple integration test before going live with that system.

Seriously consider the advantages of a Hyperflex hyperconverged system. Enjoy a management platform providing visability into each component ease of use. Get the benefits of a single enterprise vendor architecture, using a support model combining all components a ‘one throat to choke, approach, if you will. Realize the return on Investment, based on total number of man hours saved or re-invested back into the IT organization for other complex projects.

Catch our webinar on June 15 for more insights on how this can get you up and running for the long haul.

Pete Schmitt
About Pete Schmitt
As the lead for cStor technology and engineering, Pete researches new and emerging technology to ensure that his team is at the forefront of technology trends and best practices so that they can deliver the best possible technological solutions to cStor customers. He brings an extensive background in information technology, customer service, and professional services and is known for delivering second-to-none customer experiences—a philosophy that is directly attributable to cStor’s long-standing success and reputation.

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