Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is becoming a pivotal architecture for organisations of all sizes due to the simplicity, ease of management, and cost savings that it offers over traditional data centre architectures. Among the biggest benefits that HCI brings include agility, scalability, more efficient resource consumption and since it is software-defined, it can be managed centrally by a single piece of software.
In the age of the cloud, businesses are struggling to connect legacy systems with cloud applications. That, and because of the aforementioned benefits, HCI has emerged as a key enabler for cloud adoption, providing a quick and simple way for organisations to connect to public and private clouds while offering its own cloud-like properties. It allows organisations to manage complex IT infrastructures seamlessly by delivering storage, compute, network, virtualisation and data protection in an easy to manage but scalable application.
But with the growing number of HCI offerings by different vendors available in the market today, enterprises are now faced with the challenge of evaluating the key features of each solution and choosing one that is best suited for their specific needs. One of the main variables that companies should consider is the hypervisor(s) that is/are supported by a HCI solution.
While virtualisation has played a crucial role within IT infrastructure solutions over the years, the high expenses (not to mention headaches) that come with the purchasing, long-term licensing, and managing of hypervisor software should become a thing of the past. Why? Because these days, IT professionals are becoming less concerned with the specific hypervisor, or virtualisation technology, that they are using as it is just one of many native features and services of their IT environment – or a means to an end, if you wish. Thus, they should be given the option to make virtualisation an invisible resource, which has been proven to be possible by popular public clouds like AWS.
For that reason, companies like Nutanix are giving businesses the option to do away with the direct costs that come with hypervisor licensing. By including its HCI appliances with Nutanix AHV, a built-in, license-free, open platform hypervisor that is equipped with core virtualisation capabilities and features required to run enterprise applications, Nutanix helps organisations to not only reduce costs and complexity by essentially “converging the data centre”, but also enhance the visibility and functionality of their infrastructure.
AHV, which stands for Acropolis Hypervisor, was built to disrupt the virtualisation market and it is quickly gaining in popularity. As of the end of last year, it was reported that AHV was already the hypervisor of choice for about one in four of Nutanix HCI nodes that were sold. The hypervisor is also supported by companies like SAP, Arista, Epic Hyperspace, Brocade, Commvault, Veeam, Veritas, and other industry leaders.
What truly sets Nutanix’s HCI offering apart is that it also gives organisations the freedom of choice to use any widely adopted virtualisation technology that is best suited for their business – be it AHV, vSphere, Hyper-V or XenServer. With virtualisation woes out of the equation, IT teams can set their focus on higher value activities for the business.
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