Simplifying administration while improving scalability, hyperconvergence is a form of infrastructure management that consolidates computing resources (such as processing power, memory, and storage) into a single commodity package. It’s a step up from converged infrastructure, combining a unified and scalable architecture with a virtualization-friendly interface.
In a traditional data center, hardware resources consist of individual components such as processors, RAM, and hard drives. In a hyperconverged architecture, these components are merged into a single unit called a node. The node is the smallest component in the hyperconverged architecture. Multiple nodes can be clustered together to scale resources and a failed node can be swapped with another. Hyperconvergence offers a tightly-coupled, highly compatible and abstracted approach to data center architecture.
One of the key uses of the hyperconverged architecture is virtualisation. While virtualisation abstracts software from the underlying hardware, hyperconvergence abstracts the hardware itself. This lets users quickly deploy virtual machines (VMs) to a node without having to set up or manually provision resources. As a result, scaling is also simplified. Clustering nodes creates a pool of shared resources that can be split across VMs. When your data center needs more capacity, simply add additional nodes.
Hyperconvergence also streamlines hardware acquisition, deployment and support. Where a traditional IT infrastructure might use multiple teams to handle specific components, a hyperconverged infrastructure reduces the management requirements to a single team or even a single person.
1. Fast and easy deployment for virtualised environments
2. Consolidation of computing resources into a single package
3. A single management interface for controlling the entire infrastructure
For many businesses, hyperconvergence is an accessible and affordable way of simplifying infrastructure. Stack.Aero, an aviation software firm based in Sydney, realized this as they sought to replace their current physical servers with a virtualized solution. Their original plan was to migrate to virtual servers using storage area networking (SAN). Not only would this prove to be costly, but it would also require a significant amount of additional training. Instead, Stack opted for Joviam’s hyperconverged platform.
Joviam’s infrastructure was drastically different from Stack’s existing systems, but they were able to make the transition without overwhelming their IT team. The new infrastructure offered flexible architecture, self-healing nodes, and a simplified management interface that drastically reduced the neeed for training. Even with their limited IT resources, Stack was able to migrate their architecture at a much lower cost than their original option.
Hyperconvergence is transforming the architectures of many organisations. By offering simplified management and scalability, hyperconverged systems offer an accessible and affordable approach to scalable virtualization. The hyperconvergence industry is a rapidly growing industry, valued at $5.4 billion in 2013 and expected to grow to $14.3 billion by 2017. As more organisations look to virtualise their applications and infrastructure, the hyperconverged architecture will continue to play a prominent role in the data center.