Business leaders are demanding more from their IT than ever before. They want more performance and a better and faster service, with seemingly endless expectations for greater efficiency. It’s certainly a challenge, yet the cloud, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure are proving quite able to the task.

The cloud

For a long time, businesses have sought ways to reduce time to value for new services, optimise spend, and enable a broader set of workload opportunities. The cloud achieves all three. It is everywhere, and through its ease of acquisition, any business can benefit from it whether they have a modern or legacy architecture.

The ability to scale and share resources, with great flexibility, is enabling businesses to optimise their IT and transform the way they operate. Just about every data centre architecture on the market supports the cloud. The ability to scale in and out as required to meet business demands is hugely valuable. It can:

  • Reduce IT costs
  • Improve security
  • Deliver faster service
  • Improve workflow
  • Increase speed and agility

Agility and speed are key areas where the cloud triumphs. It can deliver data, information, and applications very quickly, giving businesses a strategic competitive advantage with deployment time and availability.

Converged infrastructure

Business leaders are demanding more performance and a better and faster service from their IT. Users are demanding the very same on their device. Converged infrastructure combines server and storage into a single appliance to eliminate the need for dedicated storage. This offers simplified management and faster deployment with a single resource pool, which can suit some legacy infrastructure.

Then we have hyper-converged infrastructure, which combines compute, storage, networking, and data services into a single physical system which can boost performance, ease of use and simplify upgrades.

When setup to meet the needs of the business, hyperconvergence can envelope the IT in its entirety, with a distributed architecture that lets you cluster systems and form a shared resource pool. This enables higher availability and workload mobility, not to mention higher levels of scalability and system capacity.

The results can be significant – lower infrastructure and running costs, increased ROI, increased agility and speed, less need for specially trained IT personnel, and a faster time to value versus a traditional legacy setup. Businesses who adopt hyperconvergence tend to address virtualisation challenges better and innovate faster. It goes far beyond servers and storage, for greater efficiency and transformation.