Hyperconvergence is getting a lot of interest and buzz. It is the biggest IT shift since the rise of server virtualization, and to some extent the next natural evolution of datacenter virtualization. However, as with any budding space there is some confusion about what hyperconvergence is and its key value drivers.
In this 6-part blog series, I’d like to start explaining what the buzz is all about and provide a framework for understanding and evaluating the broad value proposition of hyperconvergence.
Today, we deploy IT infrastructure in a way that results in many infrastructure islands – servers are separate from storage; within storage, one array is optimized for capacity, yet another aims to provide performance. These components don’t interoperate, resulting in a variety of operational challenges and inefficiency. But if you think about it, all you need from these storage arrays are the Hard Disks (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSD). The rest of the value is in the software.
So put simply, Hyperconvergence is about turning standard industry servers into a single pool of compute and storage resources. You use CPUs, Memory, HDDs and SSDs resources in standard servers and add a software layer running on them for allocating and managing these resources – effectively creating a single, cost-effective and scalable resource pool. Hyperconvergence takes all the benefits of server virtualization and extends it for both compute AND storage.
The important fundamental in this topology is having hyperconvergence software that is aware of all components, regardless of where they reside or any specific hardware configuration. This awareness enables the hyperconvergence software to effectively use resources to achieve adequate performance while maximizing space efficiency across the cluster, as there is now a single interoperable pool being utilized.
Using hyperconvergence software has a lot of potential. While $1B is spent today on hyperconvergence, it is expected to reach $38B in 12 years. So it’s no wonder that over 50% of folks we met at VMworld already had plans to deploy.
But what are the key customer benefits? Since this technology provides a wide variety of goodies, we’ve put together a framework that helps capture the key ingredients for successful deployments – we call it SMART Hyperconvergence:
- Software Only on servers of choice
- Management Simplicity with no learning curves.
- Adaptive Scaling of compute, caching or capacity.
- Resilient Infrastructure that is self-healing.
- Transformative Economics and resource utilization
In the next 5 blogs in this series, I will elaborate on each of these value drivers, telling you about the value to your organization, and will provide a high level explanation on how the technology works.
First up is Software Only.