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Maintaining leadership in the volatile IT space requires businesses to adapt, learn and execute with speed and efficiency. Supporting such developments requires IT organisations to find innovative and cost-effective ways of investing in growth opportunities despite shrinking resources - that is where hyperconvergence comes into play.
One of the critical factors testifying to the ability of IT teams is to develop or improve the skills needed to better manage hybrid and enterprise (private) cloud environments. Hyperconverged infrastructure is a natural fit for these on-premise cloud implementations. According to a recent study conducted by Solarwinds, only half of the IT professionals surveyed cited sufficient levels of support from leadership and the organisation as a whole. This challenge can be addressed with the adoption of hyperconvergence that allows organisations to take full advantage of enterprise cloud computing.
A complete data centre conversion to a hyperconverged architecture often requires the migration of applications and systems to an entirely new infrastructure, a process often met with reluctance due to the heavy investment of time and money that would be involved. Fortunately, this is easily mitigated by starting with smaller, individual IT projects rather than a full re-engineering of data centres - for example, choosing a clearly identified project requiring new infrastructure, such as VDI, and testing out the adoption of hyperconvergence with that. Only once the benefits of hyperconvergence (compared to the cost and complexity of legacy infrastructure) are realised, would IT customers start adding more IT workloads to their hyperconverged infrastructure.
Ease of learning is another benefit of a hyperconverged infrastructure. With a single management interface spanning compute, storage and virtualisation, much of the challenge in provisioning and monitoring the separate pieces of legacy infrastructure is removed. This helps IT leadership offer stronger support to their teams.
Since simplicity and ease of learning removes one of the top barriers in adoption, IT leadership promotion of hyperconvergence will help spark business transformation towards being agile and responsive.
While hyperconvergence offers adopters a host of benefits, there are four key advantages that can help IT teams present a persuasive case to decision-makers:
Converged systems handle multiple tasks, resulting in the need for fewer IT specialists devoted to each task. Improved efficiency also helps to foster innovation by allowing IT teams to focus on deploying new applications and services which contribute to the development of the organisation instead of just "keeping the lights on" - i.e. maintaining complex legacy infrastructure. A recent study by research firm IDC showed that increased business agility accounted for nearly 43 percent of the overall total benefits in companies running hyperconverged solutions.
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