IT Focus Area: infrastructure operations
November 30, 2016
How to Quickly and Easily Get Started with Hyperconvergence
Today’s IT teams are under more pressure than ever.
They must build agile infrastructures that:
- Help the business keep pace with changing customer and market demands.
- Empower DevOps to quickly develop and deploy applications.
- Give remote offices access to inexpensive and highly available IT services that don’t require a lot of administration to maintain.
- Simplify IT and the business.
But traditional storage doesn’t make this easy. It’s expensive and complex — taking months to deploy and multiple teams to manage. Traditional storage is also difficult to scale, making it hard for you to add new services and stay competitive.
Hyperconvergence gives you the speed you need to stay ahead of the curve. It consolidates storage into servers with internal spinning and solid state drives that are cheaper and easier to automate than traditional storage. It’s also insanely easy to install.
5 Quick and Easy Steps to Hyperconvergence
Deploying a virtualized environment from scratch used to be a daunting project.
You needed to find the right resources to set up servers, networks, virtualization and storage. It could take four teams a month to complete these tasks.
During this time, you would lose a good chunk of your environment’s value. For example, a 30-day installation could drain 8 percent of your environment’s lifetime value.
Now, with hyperconvergence, you can deploy a virtualized environment in under four hours and achieve instant time-to-value.
To get started, gather the following supplies: two 10GbE network cables per node, and two power cables per chassis.
Once you have your cables, you can deploy hyperconvergence in five simple steps:
1. Unbox the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform
2. Connect the network and power
3. Use a browser to access the installation wizard and define your hostnames, IPs, etc.
4. Bring your new envrionment into vCenter for management in about 30 minutes
5. Go out for a beer
Seriously. That’s all.
How to Avoid the Biggest Hyperconvergence Challenges
While it’s easy to get started with hyperconvergence, you might run into some problems along the way.
One of the biggest roadblocks is preparing your network. About 90 percent of hyperconvergence problems are related to the network.
But since networking teams aren’t usually involved in the hyperconvergence buying process, they may not be aware that they need to help you set it up.
Don’t wait until the day your HCI platform arrives to notify your networking team. Get them involved early in the process, so they can prepare in advance. For example, they’ll need to make sure your network ports, redundant switches and VLANs are configured properly. They’ll also need to be available during the installation.
Other things to consider include how you will migrate. Most companies perform a virtual-to-virtual migration from an existing cluster or deploy new applications on fresh VMs.
The 1 Big Thing You Don’t Need to Waste Your Time and Money On
In the past, it would take you months to size your environment. You had to buy not only what you needed now but what you would need five years from now. And you would likely guess wrong.
That’s because it’s almost impossible to know what your workloads will look like in five years.
With hyperconvergence, you don’t need to buy based on guesswork. You can get what you need now and easily scale as your workloads change. Instead of making one huge purchase upfront, you can start small, start fast and pay as you go.
For the smoothest transition, understand how hyperconvergence will work in your environment before you go live. A trusted partner can help you define your needs and select the right technology.