Here’s Why Hyper Converged Integrated Systems Will Make More Sense in the Digital Scenario

As organizations move to more cloud-based systems and datacentre based architecture to meet the needs of the ever changing digital sphere, they will have to look at hyper-converged integrated systems (HCIS) to remain agile and relevant. According to a recent Gartner report, organizations will be moving away from the earlier integrated systems and to hyper converged systems. In fact, Gartner’s report shows that the hyperconverged integrated systems segment will experience the strongest growth with 55%; whereas integrated stack systems will decline by 5%.

Stating the reason, Naveen Mishra, research director at Gartner pointed out that the existing infrastructure in most organizations will be replaced by HCIS, which will also benefit overall consolidation of IT infrastructure, improve agility and efficiency metrics along with cost implications.

The Shifting Trend

Hyper-convergence is going to be the next logical step for organizations looking to improve their workloads and scalability of their IT architecture, while keeping cost under control. According to Gartner, organizations that are looking to refresh their earlier integrated infrastructure systems comprising of server and network hardware, and management software will move to HCIS because it offers higher levels of flexibility and is a cost effective alternative. The prediction is that by 2019, 30 percent of such organizations will move to HCIS.

“Recent market studies show that with the steady acceptance of cloud, mobility and IoT, there is an increased need for HCIS. By 2019, approximately 30% of the global storage array capacity installed in enterprise datacentres will be deployed on software-defined storage (SDS) or hyper-converged integrated system (HCIS) architectures,” said Anshuman Rai, Director Sales, Converged Platform & Solutions Division, Dell EMC.

Why HCIS Works?

Because it is a software-defined platform that offers shared computing and storage setup. HCIS comprises of software-defined storage, software-defined compute, commodity hardware and a unified management interface. HCIS offers better support for data centre setup. “The Next-generation systems emerging today are flexible, AI-enabled, software-driven solutions that meet the requirements of digital business," explained Julia Palmer, research director at Gartner.

What HCIS does is to bring more consistency to the various datacentre components by combining all aspects in a single form factor - an appliance. This then is easily managed centrally. With the increased leaning towards virtualization, HCIS has become more relevant. This also minimizes compatibility issues and simplifies the management of servers, storage systems and network devices

Emphasizing further on the relevance of HCIS for a datacentre, Sunil Mahale, India MD and VP, Nutanix, a cloud-based solution provider said, “A well-designed hyper-convergence infrastructure in the datacentre offers easier, on-demand and linear scalability of compute and storage resources, which reduces the need to over-provision resources. It also allows flexibility to support new IT offerings.”

Benefits for Organizations

Talking about the advantages of opting for HCIS, Rai said, “A hyper-converged infrastructure in particular helps customers in building and maintaining. The clear advantages for an enterprise are lower total cost of operations, increase in operational performance, and enabling enterprise IT to trade commodity work for more value-adding work.” In fact, an organization’s IT architecture actually becomes a better business enabler once taken into an HCIS set up. It elevates many business constraints.

With more and more IT products and solutions providers like DellEMC, Nutanix, Cisco/NetApp, IBM developing HCIS solutions and appliances, enterprises today have many options to work with. Palmer advised that CIOs can think about shifting to HCIS, especially if they have to accommodate new workloads, integrate edge and public cloud infrastructure and reduce operational complexity.

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