Converged Server Infrastructure Solutions
Benefits Of Converged Infrastructure Systems
Converged infrastructure solutions help businesses minimize compatibility issues, simplify vendor management, and lower costs. There are no visible difficulties with the existing hardware, and silos converged infrastructure eliminates all of this, which requires a lot of time and manpower.
There are numerous benefits of converged infrastructure systems. Some of the main ones include:
The main benefit of converged infrastructure solutions is scalability and options to bring new services to market in a quick time. At its core, converged infrastructure can help a business simplify management – by providing templates for new application instances.
Next on the list of benefits are cost savings. With the converged architecture model, you can save a lot on center provisioning, deployment, and management. IT teams are starting to practice this, configuring and managing systems and resources through a single dashboard.
There is no need for IT to have specific expertise in products from multiple vendors.
Converged infrastructure simplifies hardware components and software compatibility issues.
Converged infrastructure solutions use storage arrays, and the server has no local storage
While these are the converged infrastructure benefits, there are some drawbacks, too. The main ones include reliance on a single vendor (rather than exploring more options) and increased complexity, which can be complicated and expensive. Below, we show you the differences between converged and hyper-converged infrastructure.
Converged Infrastructure Vs. Hyperconverged Infrastructure
In addition to the converged infrastructure solution, there is also something called hyper-converged infrastructure, which involves more abstraction and offers greater flexibility. This type also collapses compute and storage resources, bringing them into virtualized x85 servers with unified management. Since its components are software-defined, it is easier and faster to scale it than converged infrastructure.
Converged infrastructure is hardware-based and specializes in packaging everything (hardware components and software) from a single vendor. On the other hand, hyper-converged infrastructure solutions lets organizations scale more easily by adding or replacing drives in existing servers. So, within the hyper-converged infrastructure, you can scale even if you only need additional storage; the new node will also feature compute, so you will scale. Nodes can be added one at a time in the hyper-converged infrastructure model.
- Deployment of new tier-one applications or virtualization software
- Managing remote or branch office (ROBO) infrastructure
- Centralized management of virtual environments such as remote disaster recovery sites
- Putting data center consolidation to work, within or across data centers
- Implementing virtual desktop infrastructure solutions (VDI)
- Doing data migrations within or across sites
- Designed with components and connections for high availability
- Testing and developing new IT infrastructure solutions
- You need cheaper hardware (today’s virtual machines start at a few dollars a month)
- You want to deploy things easily
- You need full integration (appreciated by many organizations)
- You want to avoid combining individual components or modular appliances and want flexibility (not everyone is a fan of the building block approach)
- You don’t have a lot of staff members or are managing remote staff
Deploying Converged Infrastructure Systems Efficiently
The best way to deploy a converged infrastructure is by hosting it on-premises. The system administrator should be put on a single web server. Since there is a single vendor, converged infrastructure simplifies the traditional deployment process and offers previously configured settings on hardware devices. There are also instances where it includes firewall appliances with its software.
Additionally, pre-configured converged architecture examples and solutions make your management software run easily. Templates are designed for different use cases. Whether it's a data center, remote desktop, or web server, you can choose your sector-specific packages with cables, routers, network resources, etc.
The main goal of converged infrastructure solutions is reducing the complexity common to data center management. Below, we list some of the best ways to implement both solutions and simplify deployment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which is right - converged or hyper-converged infrastructure?
In the converged model, there is a hardware-tied approach to various components. The hyper-converged is software-defined. There is no right fit as each item has a different replacement cycle, which is why it is best if you see the offers from different vendors and see which type reduces costs (overall costs of deployment, storage, etc.) and whether it will make sense if your IT solutions are purchased separately versus in a bundle. You don’t want over-purchasing or over-provisioning, after all. Both models offer lower costs and plenty of other benefits.
Can you add storage resources?
Yes – it makes sense to add storage resources together for simple scaling. This is especially true with the hyper-converged infrastructure model, which is popular and used by many businesses as it combines the storage and server resources in a 100% software-defined solution.
How to know which approach to choose?
We know that the above-mentioned might make it difficult to you to choose an approach based n your intended purpose. A converged model would be better for you if you want to easily scale your operations quickly and spend less per growth unit. You’ll have everything sorted, from complex deployments to additional networking resources. Plus, you won’t have to buy separate components – everything will be provided as part of your equipment and converging storage.
However, a hyper-converged infrastructure might suit you better if you want to move away from traditional infrastructure and are keener on modern solutions such as virtual environments. You will also move away from commodity components and escape from the modular deployment of network and storage components. Hyperconverged infrastructure is typically deployed on commodity components, simplifying the scale-out architecture with commodity servers.
Plus, GoiPower gives you additional benefits in terms of scalability and management, especially if you plan to grow and extend your IT infrastructure.