- Discover emerging data center architectural opportunities that can help you transform your IT Architectures in your organization.
- Find out how composable infrastructure accelerates digital transformation efforts, reduces costs, and eliminates complexity.
- Learn why the public cloud is not your only option and why private cloud environments are on the rise.
- Ensure that you’re current with the latest efforts in maintaining essential disaster recovery and desktop support services.
Although many enterprise technology trends pop up each year, the vast majority of them end up in the dust bins of history, or at least never really achieve breakout fame. It’s a rarity for a brand-new technology to break out, but it’s rarer still when such a technology achieves immediate hype status— and then actually lives up to the hype.
Yet this is exactly the scenario that the market is seeing around hyperconverged infrastructure, a technology that, when used properly, has the potential to reshape the entire IT function by addressing challenges around data center technology, IT budgets, and IT staffing.
In this chapter, you will be introduced to the challenges inherent in the use of traditional data center infrastructure, and you will discover the potential benefits of using a hyperconverged infrastructure. You will also learn about the impact that this technology has on the IT Architectures budget and IT staffing.
Traditional Infrastructure Challenges
The traditional data center is not a panacea. Complexity abounds, and it’s really expensive to operate. With a traditional data center, you’re basically paying people to deploy hardware and software that often barely works together and that, in some cases, creates such rigidity that adjusting course as business needs change becomes a tremendous and expensive challenge. Further, even the technologies—such as virtualization—that were originally intended to help you ease data center pain have now turned on you and are actively working against you.
The Troubles with Virtualization in IT Architectures
Remember when virtualization was touted as the technology that would solve all the problems in IT? Those days are long gone. As more and more organizations have approached the sought-after 100% virtualized state, cracks and even entire canyons have emerged in the infrastructure. Although virtualization has allowed the market to evolve to where it sits today, the technology has many inherent problems that need to be addressed.
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Inefficient Resource Procurement, Deployment, and Management
Your traditional data center is inefficient in many ways, starting with how you actually procure your technology. If your organization is like most, you’re on a three- to five-year replacement cycle for data center technology. These rigid cycles often push organizations into buying more technology than they might need.
For example, sizing storage is an art, not a science. As you consider your storage needs for your full replacement cycle, there are all kinds of variables that come into play, including current raw storage needs, anticipated future raw storage needs, potential business shifts that could have an impact on storage consumption, and even the ability for data to be reduced—that is, deduplicated and compressed—to reduce overall storage capacity needs.
With so many variables, people tend to over-buy storage with the idea that they’ll “grow into” the investment IT Architectures. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. It just depends on how accurate those initial capacity predictions happened to be.
This is just one part of the data center procurement process. You also must worry about storage performance, servers, the hypervisor, the network, and a whole lot more. All of these pieces must be carefully constructed to best meet the needs of the business while also staying within required financial guidelines.
Even if you get the perfect ratio of data center capacity and performance, you then need to put it all together and hope that all the pieces interoperate without issue. If there are problems, you’re left with vendors battling one another in their attempts to blame it on the other guy.
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