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Hyperconvergence - The Next Generation in IT Infrastructure


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Server Infrastructure

The advent of virtualisation enabled pools of compute and storage resources to optimise the underlying infrastructure. Apps no longer needed to map to physical servers or storage devices. As virtualisation became mainstream, many companies deployed freestanding a-la-carte infrastructure with compute tied to external storage arrays.

Converged Infrastructure

Converged infrastructure took the same a-la-carte components and delivered them as a pretested solution or appliance to increase operational effectiveness. This also increases reliability and reduces time to value for IT investments.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure

HCI Solutions reorganise the components of converged infrastructure and are combined with software to deliver a pure appliance model. This architecture further simplifies operations, delivering the speed, simplicity and agility needed in today's digital economy.

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Build for Speed and Simplicity

HCI offers the simplicity and speed of an appliance approach by consolidating all required functionality into a single infrastructure running on an efficient pool of x86 resources.

 It is generating a lot of industry excitement. Gartner believes HCI will become mainstream by the end of the decade in what it describes as a ‘third wave of integrated systems in the data centre’.

Currently, the enterprise IT market is stuck in a ‘second phase’, says Gartner. One marked by the maturity of converged infrastructure and the advent of HCI for specific use cases.

Nevertheless, the HCI market is growing fast.

IDC reports that HCI sales grew 87% year over year during the fourth quarter of 2016, generating $697.4 million. This represents almost 23% of the total market value for converged systems worldwide.

According to IDC, HCI surpassed $2.2 billion in global revenue during the full calendar year (2016) – 110% higher than 2015.                  

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In today’s digital economy where the app has become king, your company must move faster than ever. It must also be extremely flexible. You need the ability to add apps and VMs quickly to handle the speed of business.

The drive towards HCI fills the need for moving at the speed of business. But often there’s another cost – proliferation of solutions that are managed separately. This complicates infrastructure management and operations. The final challenge is around the ‘promise’ of cloud economics. Note that cloud doesn’t save you money – it provides simplified scaling at far more granular levels, and allows you to spend the money when you need it. For these new apps and operational models, a solution is required that helps you scale capabilities as you need it.
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HCI’s ability to deliver key storage functions such as snapshots/cloning, replication and flash acceleration without the need for storage SAN expertise has proved a real game changer.

Initial deployments have been largely focused on the midmarket, where IT organisations often lack storage expertise and are not bound to a specific storage supplier.
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Not all HCI solutions are created equal. Several well-known platforms do not include the network as part of the HCI stack – which means additional time and cost for your business. It also leads to scaling issues later on. Cisco is driving rapid HCI innovations and has delivered high performance component options, intuitive management enhancements and new enterprise data protection and security features. When it comes to HCI, HyperFlex is the real deal.

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The latest release of HyperFlex expands the opportunity for customers to simplify more. HyperFlex 3.0 comes with innovations all the way up the stack that recognise the multi cloud reality.
• Support for new hypervisors (Microsoft Hyper-V)
• Stretch clustering for higher availability
• Container support
• Greater node scale (now scales to 64 nodes)

All of the above give you the cloud-like performance, efficiency and agility your business needs in the world of hybrid IT, and ensures you have the right on-premise foundation to operate multi cloud.

When you want to add multiple cloud services and things like container services, HyperFlex provides you with adaptable capabilities at the infrastructure level – from edge to lightweight virtual machines (VMs) and virtual server/desktop infrastructure (VSI/VDI) hybrids, through the addition of compute nodes and all flash storage for mission critical apps, to 40Gb networking for higher performance workloads.

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Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is the next step in the evolution of IT infrastructure - delivering the speed, simplicity and agility needed in today’s digital economy.

At Axonex, our smart, tailored services and easy-to-use integrated solutions are designed to automate processes across physical and virtual environments, resulting in greater scalable capacity, enhanced agility and operational efficiency – and therefore a better return on IT investment.

Are you ready to jump to hyper-speed? Take a few minutes to assess your company's core Hyperconverged capabilities and you will get an instant performance dashboard and personalised report.
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