Given the current rate of technological change, it seems like every other week, there’s a new “hot” technology being introduced that will revolutionize the industry. While some of these gain traction, others depart as fast as they came, barely noticed and quickly forgotten. Currently, one of the hottest and most promising technologies driving digital transformation (DX) is hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI).
HCI’s Rapid Acceleration
What is driving the exponential growth of HCI? Using mobile technology as our example, consider how mobile phones transformed the use of digital photography. Before cameras became a standard feature on your cell phone, quality photography required expensive equipment, experience in lighting and a knowledge of specialty lenses, etc. The advent of the smart phone and its built in camera changed all that. Once a quality camera was integrated into the phone everyone could effortlessly create quality photos. The consumerization of digital photography produced a growth explosion growth in camera-equipped phones and apps, making professional results accessible to all.
The same consumerization affect that propelled the growth of smart phones, is occurring with teams involved with servers, Ethernet, and software virtualization. In place of separate, exclusive storage, datacenter hardware rely on high-reliability, high processor transactions employing storage software to deliver hyper-converged server and storage resources. HCI allows users to intuitively set and automate storage policies by workload, eliminating the need to understand obscure storage settings such as LUNs, fibre channel zoning, and queue depths. The hyper-converged infrastructure will modernize data centers with every server refresh.
Businesses looking to upgrade hardware can find the latest scalable processors and server-based flash performance among a range of data center vendors—at a fraction of the cost of an all-flash storage array. The latest virtual storage software delivers features like de-duplication, compression, software-based encryption, and stretch clusters that make HCI equally suited for all solutions from virtual private to public cloud running business-critical applications.
For customers focused on increasing the efficiency and reliability of their data centers, while reducing data center costs, Tech Data’s team can help. Our solutions specialists can help you choose the right ‘go-to’ solution to modernize your infrastructure. Find out more, contact TJ Cleberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
TJ Cleberg is the lead systems engineer for the Lenovo DCG, Fujitsu, HP Inc. teams at Tech Data in Clearwater, Florida. TJ started with Tech Data in 2003, supporting pre-sales SW, IBM hardware and software. Following service in the U.S. Air Force, Cleberg worked as a computer consultant for several law firms in the Washington, D.C. area, the U.S. Military and the United Nations. “Watching firsthand the explosive growth of the Computer Industry has me convinced I made the right move at the right time.”