IT Focus Area: infrastructure operations
October 5, 2017
How to Harness the Power of Hyperconvergence with Cisco HyperFlex
Today’s IT teams are under more pressure than ever to drive business value.
But many enterprises find themselves unable to keep up with the pace of change, so they can quickly innovate and launch new services. This forces IT to spend 80 percent of its time and resources keeping the lights on.
To move from a cost center to a valuable business partner, IT needs the flexibility to scale its environment rapidly and adapt as the market changes. IT also requires the ability to realign infrastructure as business priorities shift.
More companies are taking advantage of the cloud to achieve this agility. According to Cisco:
“Enterprise and government organizations are moving from test environments to placing more of their mission-critical workloads into the cloud.”
Although more companies are adopting the cloud, many are not truly prepared for the change. A lack of cloud-readiness can make it hard for them to meet business demands. They struggle with dated technology and need a new systems approach to simplify their environments. IT organizations are also under pressure to reduce staffing, along with the overhead that is required to maintain their systems.
If enterprises don’t address these problems, they won’t be able to keep pace with the market, resulting in a loss of customers and ultimately revenue.
Why Hyperconvergence Is Your On-Ramp to Cloud
Hyperconvergence is a type of infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies from scratch in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor.
According to Cisco, the hyperconvergence market is expected to hit $15 billion by 2020 and grow to $38 billion within 12 years.
And with good reason.
Think of hyperconvergence like buying a car. Traditionally, you had to build your own infrastructure, or car, from parts. You needed to purchase all of your servers, network, storage, software, etc. separately and make sure that everything worked together.
Then, converged infrastructures made it possible for someone else to configure your car on an assembly line. You could buy pre-built infrastructure components but still needed to manage its assembly.
Now, hyperconvergence is like buying a ready-to-drive car. You get everything you need out-of-the-box. Instead of building and managing infrastructure, you can now focus on your business.
With a hyperconverged infrastructure, you can:
- Get an on-ramp to the hybrid cloud, along with the agility that it brings.
- Achieve operational savings. Hyperconvergence eliminates redundant tools and processes – allowing your IT team to focus on more valuable projects, instead of keeping the lights on.
- Minimize your IT complexity by integrating your network, compute, and storage.
- Reduce the amount of technology that you need to run your enterprise.
- Lower your capital expenditures (CAPEX), as you can leverage your existing infrastructure with next-generation hyperconverged technology.
- Develop an agile DevOps environment to deploy apps quickly and easily.
Cisco HyperFlex: Out-of-the-Box Compute, Storage, and Networking
Cisco helps you achieve the benefits of hyperconvergence through its HyperFlexTM Systems.
HyperFlex offers integrated storage, compute, and networking. It also fully integrates with your existing infrastructure and network. With HyperFlex, you can:
- Simplify your data center management.
Many hyperconverged platforms don’t automatically integrate with your data center’s infrastructure. You’ll need to purchase new management tools to ensure that everything works together.
Cisco’s general management tools automatically work with HypeFlex, so you can get up-and-running quickly and without the need to buy more tools.
- Cut your costs.
HyperFlex helps you achieve operational savings by:
Leveraging Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager and pre-built business profiles across your data center.
Giving you the ability to add compute-only nodes from your existing data center with zero additional software license costs.
Allowing you to add storage capacity to your existing HyperFlex nodes incrementally. With Cisco, you don’t need to buy full nodes, as many vendors require.
Providing enterprise features, such as deduplication and compression with no performance impact, at no additional cost.
- Boost your operational efficiencies
HyperFlex automates many repetitive IT tasks, increasing your agility and simplifying your operations.
With HyperFlex, you can also reduce the amount of technology needed to run your enterprise. HyperFlex includes Cisco CloudCenter, a cloud management platform for the hybrid cloud, at no additional cost.
With CloudCenter, you can quickly use your private and public cloud resources, and potentially gain back 25 percent of your infrastructure.
How A Hospital Harnessed the Power of Hyperconvergence to Deploy New Services 400x Faster
A veterinary hospital with multiple locations delivers innovative patient care. The organization needed flexible infrastructure that would boost its agility and help it bring new services to patients. The hospital wanted to provide faster access to patient records and critical applications.
The hospital brought in Cisco’s HyperFlex HX Data Platform. The platform tightly integrates the hospital’s compute, storage, networking, and virtualization resources. This gives the hospital a hyperconverged system that is easy to deploy, manage, and scale.
With HyperFlex, the hospital has achieved the following results:
- Accelerated the deployment of new services by 400 percent.
- Reduced IT management time by up to 75 percent.
- Decreased data center space, power, and cooling requirements by 40 percent.
- Increased server utilization by 40 percent.
The hospital can also quickly identify and remove any future performance bottlenecks—without downtime or expensive, time-consuming migrations.
With Cisco HyperFlex Systems, we can respond much faster to business and application needs because our CPU, storage, and network resources are independently scalable. It’s easy to adjust the underlying infrastructure as our workloads change.” — Paul Bauwens, IT Architect
Are You Ready to Increase Your Agility and Operational Savings?
Look at your plans to determine where you want to be in one-three years. Then, assess your current environment to see where you are now.
How are you currently managing your application development and hybrid cloud services? How are you using your existing compute, storage, and networking resources — both within your data center and in the cloud?
Once you understand your current environment, you can identify any gaps between where you are now and where you want to go. Do you have any opportunities to use hyperconvergence with Cisco HyperFlex to make your processes faster and more efficient while you lower your costs?
With a hyperconveged infrastructure, you can spend less time “keeping the lights on” and more time innovating for the business.