Organizations of all kinds require agility and speed to get their applications out the door as quickly as possible. The challenge in traditional environments, especially in large enterprises, is that functions are heavily siloed, with a lot of moving parts to coordinate, such as the actions of teams in charge of storage, virtualization, network, and so forth.
This is where a hyperconverged infrastructure demonstrates its value: these functions are merged into a single box, making it faster and easier to deploy. Organizations spend less time setting up and configuring an infrastructure, and more time focused on revenue-generating endeavors, such as application development, that are the core of their business.
The question is: how do you determine which hyperconverged infrastructure solution is right for you?
With so many providers and so many configurations from which to choose, companies looking to deploy a hyperconverged infrastructure face a daunting task. What’s more, those companies might be unsure whether a hyperconverged infrastructure is even appropriate for them in the first place.
Given that uncertainty, the logical place to start is to align oneself with a trusted advisor, someone who knows the technology, the industry and the leading players. Most organizations don’t have that kind of expertise on-staff, which is why it’s essential to work with a recognized authority with a solid record of successful deployments.
It starts with listening
Before any talk of hardware or manufacturer, even before conducting an assessment of your infrastructure, your trusted advisor should begin by learning about how you conduct business: your products and/or services, your current technology profile, your IT requirements, and the pain points you’re experiencing. Based on your workloads and need for scalability and agility, only then can your advisor begin to help identify an applicable hyperconverged infrastructure solution for you.
Look for a proven record and industry relationships
An experienced advisor should possess a prominent reputation in the industry, maintaining professional relationships with leading OEMs such as Cisco, HPE, and others, as each one brings its own strengths and applications to any given deployment. And, he or she should be familiar with leading computing technologies based on Intel® architecture that support a scalable, effective hyperconverged solution. In addition to performance for complex workloads, Intel-based systems feature hardened security to resist data breaches and management features to simplify the job of IT.
Whatever the recommendation, it must be driven by the specific needs of that particular customer, whether integrating hyperconvergence into a legacy infrastructure or going with a total hyperconverged solution. But, UDT is quick to caution that it’s not a panacea for every infrastructure problem.
“There are some misconceptions out there,” said Guillermo Perez, Senior Technology Consultant at UDT. “Hyperconverged is not a fit for every application; it is important that we identify and understand the organization’s business and critical applications, in order to determine the right solution.”
UDT offers its trusted advisor expertise
UDT can help sort out the difference between the various hyperconvergence system manufacturers, simplifying the choice of an appropriate vendor. In addition to hardware, UDT can assess your ongoing technical capabilities and make appropriate recommendations.
The best way to navigate the choices available to you in hyperconverged infrastructure is with an experienced guide who understands the technology, is aligned with industry leaders such as Intel, and has a solid record of making it work in a host of different organizations.
UDT invites you to take part in a free technology assessment as the first step in your journey to hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. Contact UDT to find out more.