The importance of Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) in the modernisation of data centres is widely known about and has led to the introduction of a centralised IT management solution. Aside from these benefits, the integrated solution HCI offers also enables lower costs, improved customer experience, better productivity and increased efficiency.
In a single HCI appliance, you will have the technology for computing, storage and networking, all within a single box. With all these advantages of using HCI, 85% of IT leaders say their companies already use or are planning to use HCI to achieve such feats, as reported by a recent study from IDG Research.
However, not all HCI appliances are equal and to choose the appropriate HCI appliance for your companies’ needs, you must consider the following critical features to truly leverage the benefits of HCI:
As Integrated as Possible – Your HCI appliance should unify all the components of a basic 3-tier architecture as much as possible, from backup, storage, servers, up to the networking level. This will unite all the assets from your teams, increasing IT efficiency and lowering the cost. Also, your HCI should have a unified user interface and control panel for faster and more effective management.
Optimisation – HCI is software-defined; however, the hardware running it should also be compatible with the software itself. If the hardware and software are optimised to each other, you can be sure that your HCI will run smoothly and effectively.
Fast Deployment – From small to mid-level up to large organisations, HCI should feature an easy rollout for implementation and high scalability. Most HCI have limits on individual nodes that perform specific tasks and you should keep in mind this limit when implementing HCI and the future threshold your business will require.
Support – It is important to ensure that your HCI vendor will provide support in both hardware and software specification. Your HCI may be required to expand in the future and the support team should always be there during the lifetime of your HCI.
Flexibility – Your HCI should be able to handle future changes in both hardware and software specifications. Also, your HCI platform should be compatible with various tools coming from different vendors, ensuring that it will work in most virtualisation managers.
Dell, with their award-winning EMC's HCI portfolio, provides these features and more. One of its products, the Dell VxRail HCI, accelerates data centre modernisation, transforming HCI networking and simplifying VMware cloud adoption while meeting any HCI use case - including support for many of the most demanding workloads and applications. VxRail is also optimised for VMware vSAN or VMware Cloud Foundation.
Dell EMC's HCI portfolio transforms operations with turnkey integrated systems that accelerate IT outcomes or continue to leverage existing operating models while gaining HCI benefits through flexible, pre-validated HCI building blocks. Modernise your business now with Dell’s HCI portfolio by clicking here.