Change comes regularly to enterprise data centers. These facilities, often built to house expensive mainframes and their caretakers, continue to provide the essential power, cooling and environmental controls required to support enterprise IT operations. More than a decade ago, administrators rolled those mainframes out on a forklift, and replaced them with racks and racks of servers dedicated to fulfilling highly specific roles in the enterprise technology architecture. Not long after that, physical servers began disappearing, replaced by virtual servers and large-scale server virtualization farms. As technology marches on, the contents of the data center have adapted to meet new computing needs.
Hyperconvergence Delivers the Best of the Cloud
The next era of data center technology is now upon us. As cloud computing grows in popularity, many enterprise IT leaders seek the same agility, scalability and cost economics of the cloud in their own data centers. Hyperconvergence promises to deliver those same benefits, bringing additional separation between the workloads that support business requirements and the hardware that carries those workloads.
Hyperconvergence platforms, such as Cisco Systems’ HyperFlex, provide a single consolidated platform that integrates compute, storage and networking under a single management interface. Organizations can rapidly shift workloads to meet changing infrastructure needs and add compute and storage capacity in an incremental fashion, bringing the cloud’s “pay-as-you-grow” model to the enterprise data center.
Modern enterprises see a variety of applications in hyperconvergence. In addition to providing flexible support to server virtualization environments, hyperconvergence offers an attractive path to desktop virtualization for organizations seeking a scalable way to give employees a consistent, easily maintained productivity environment.
Hyperconvergence is also an appealing solution for developers who routinely need to provision and modify servers as they develop and test code. On a hyperconverged platform, developers can simply reallocate infrastructure resources as needed to support their evolving applications. These use cases are just a few examples of the ways that enterprises are harnessing the power of hyperconvergence in the modern data center.
A Unique Approach to Hyperconvergence
Cisco’s HyperFlex offers unique technical benefits that aren’t available on other hyperconverged platforms. Its independent hardware-scaling capabilities let technologists choose exactly the right nodes to meet infrastructure requirements. They can choose a blend of the compute-optimized Cisco Unified Computing System B-Series Blade Servers and the storage-optimized Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series nodes to meet current needs, and then modify that blend as needed.
HyperFlex also offers dynamic data scaling capabilities that automatically rebalance data across the cluster to optimize performance. Finally, HyperFlex is designed to maximize storage efficiency, letting administrators move virtual machines between nodes without moving the associated storage.
Hyperconvergence platforms are the next-generation tenants of enterprise data centers, providing agile, efficient and adaptable access to computing infrastructure. HyperFlex builds on Cisco’s deep experience in enterprise technology solutions to deliver an all-in-one approach to compute, storage and networking.
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