What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure and its Benefits for Business

Published on 27 May 2024

What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure and its Benefits for Business

Are you experiencing difficulties in handling IT infrastructure management, because the function of each IT infrastructure runs independently and must be managed separately? Or, have you ever taken months to release a new application? If yes, it means your IT infrastructure needs to be modernized. One modernization strategy that can be implemented is by implementing Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). 

Interestingly, more and more companies are switching to adopting HCI. In fact, according to Allied Market Research Findings, the HCI market share was worth US$3.85 million in 2018, and is predicted to reach US$33.16 million in 2026, with CAGR (Compound Annual Rate) growth of 30.7 percent from 2019 to 2026. 

The application of HCI technology will certainly be the ideal solution for those of you who want to simplify all IT infrastructure matters, especially with the large potential of HCI mentioned above. However, before diving deeper into the advantages offered by HCI, it would be a good idea for you to learn what HCI is in the following article. 

What is HCI Server?

HCI is an IT framework that combines computing, storage and networking into a single platform with the aim of making it easier to manage. HCI systems are designed to be more flexible and scalable and can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. 

In an HCI system, all components are managed and configured via a single interface, making it easy to manage the whole. HCI is also often implemented in private cloud environments and is a more affordable and easier option than traditional IT infrastructure. 

How Does HCI Work?

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is an approach to combining computing, storage, and virtualization in one integrated system. How HCI works includes several main steps: 

Consolidate Resources

HCI integrates computing resources (CPU and RAM), storage, and networking in one unified platform. This eliminates the need for separate infrastructure for each element, reducing complexity and increasing efficiency. 

Virtualization

A key technology in HCI that enables more efficient use of existing physical resources by creating virtual environments that can be shared between different workloads. 

Software-Defined Storage (SDS)

One of the core components of HCI is software-defined storage. In SDS, storage capacity is provided by software and managed centrally, allowing for greater scalability and flexibility. 

Central Management

HCI provides a centralized management interface to manage and monitor the entire infrastructure. This allows administrators to easily allocate resources, manage configurations, and detect problems proactively. 

Replication and Redundancy

To increase resilience to failure, HCI often uses integrated data replication and redundancy techniques. This ensures the availability of applications and data even in the case of hardware failure. 

Scalability

One of the main advantages of HCI is its ability to linearly evolve with the organization’s needs. Administrators can easily add nodes to an HCI cluster to increase capacity and performance. 

Automation

Automation is an integral part of HCI that helps automate routine tasks, improve operational efficiency and reduce human errors. 

What are the advantages of HCI Server over Traditional Server?

What are the advantages of HCI Server over Traditional Server

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) servers offer several advantages compared to traditional servers based on converged infrastructure or separate infrastructure. Here are some of the main advantages of HCI servers: 

Powerful Integration

Can integrate computing, storage, networking and management in one unified platform. This reduces complexity and makes infrastructure management easier. 

Easy Scalability

Enables companies to add resources by adding nodes to existing clusters. This provides flexibility to meet changing growth needs. 

Storage Efficiency

Through technologies such as deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning, HCI can utilize storage more efficiently, reducing the need for physical storage capacity. 

Optimal Performance

With resources consolidated and optimized for virtualized workloads, HCI can provide better performance and responsiveness for applications and services. 

High Availability

HCI is often equipped with high availability features, such as automatic replication and failover, to ensure business continuity and reduce the risk of downtime. 

Centralized Management

A centralized HCI management interface makes it easy for administrators to manage and monitor the entire infrastructure from one location, increasing operational efficiency. 

Fast Implementation

With an integrated and preset design, HCI enables faster implementation compared to traditional infrastructure solutions that require more complex configuration and tuning. 

Automation and Orchestration

Often equipped with automation and orchestration capabilities that allow routine tasks to be automated, increasing efficiency and reducing human error. 

Attention in HCI: Key Considerations

When using Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), there are several things that need to be considered so that the implementation is successful. First, it is important to have a solid understanding of HCI architecture and related concepts. This includes an understanding of virtualization, software-defined storage, networking, and integrated management. 

Second, careful implementation and careful planning are the keys to HCI success. This includes infrastructure design that fits the company’s needs, coordinated data migration, proper configuration, and training for personnel who will manage and maintain HCI. 

After understanding the needs and advantages of HCI, choose the right solution for your company. Hitachi Vantara with Hyperconverged Infrastructure and Dynatrace Infrastructure Observability services is a solution that can simplify operations, reduce costs, increase product release speed, and provide added value to your business. 

Hitachi Vantara HCI services that can help your business continuity

Hitachi Vantara is known as a leader in providing innovative and reliable infrastructure solutions. By introducing the latest features for the Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) product line such as Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) HC and Hitachi UCP RS, they again demonstrate their commitment to helping businesses improve operational efficiency and performance. 

Here are some of the key benefits of Hitachi Vantara’s latest solution for HCI: 

Faster Provisioning with Hitachi UCP Advisor

With this solution, the infrastructure provisioning process becomes faster and more efficient. This allows companies to be more responsive to rapidly changing business needs. 

SAP HANA Certification Support

Support for SAP HANA enables companies to run critical business applications with high speed and reliability. This is especially important for companies that rely on SAP HANA in their operations. 

Latest Generation Intel Xenon Processor Cascade Lake

By utilizing the latest generation Intel Xenon processor, the Hitachi Vantara solution can provide higher performance. This not only improves performance, but also ensures that the infrastructure can handle increasingly complex and demanding workloads. 

Flexibility and Scalability

Hitachi Vantara’s HCI solutions are designed with flexibility and scalability in mind, allowing companies to easily adjust capacity and features to suit their growing and changing business needs. 

By choosing HCI solutions from Hitachi Vantara, companies can ensure that they have an infrastructure that is reliable, efficient, and ready to support long-term business growth. This is an important step in ensuring the continuity and success of your business in today’s digital era. 

Read more: Find Out How to Make IT More Agile with Hitachi Hyperconverged Infrastructure 

Optimize HCI Performance with Dynatrace Infrastructure Observability

To ensure Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) operates at maximum performance, monitoring and observability of the infrastructure is critical. Dynatrace Infrastructure Observability is a solution that can help you monitor, analyze, and optimize your HCI performance. 

Here are some of the benefits you can gain by utilizing Dynatrace Infrastructure Observability: 

Real-Time Monitoring

Get real-time visibility into your entire HCI stack, including compute, storage, and networking. This enables you to detect and respond to issues quickly before they impact the performance of business applications and services. 

In-depth Analysis

With advanced analytics, you can analyze performance and resource usage data, identify bottlenecks, and take proactive actions to optimize HCI performance and efficiency. 

Automation and AI

Dynatrace uses AI to provide deeper, more automated insights to detect and diagnose problems quickly and efficiently. 

Scalability and Flexibility

Dynatrace solutions are designed for scalability and flexibility, allowing you to monitor evolving HCI and increasing complexity as your business grows. 

Read more: Dynatrace – Infrastructure Observability 

 

By integrating Dynatrace Infrastructure Observability with HCI solutions from Hitachi Vantara, you can ensure that your infrastructure not only operates at maximum performance but can also adapt to dynamic changes in your IT environment. 

Advantages of Dynatrace x Hitachi Vantara Integration

Integration between Hitachi Vantara’s Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) solution and Dynatrace monitoring platform provides end-to-end visibility that enables early detection of infrastructure anomalies and performance optimization. 

The combination of AI from Dynatrace with the reliability and flexibility of HCI from Hitachi Vantara enables rapid adaptation to changing business needs, increasing operational efficiency and minimizing downtime. 

Another advantage is improving infrastructure security with rapid identification and response to security threats, and scalability that allows growth and expansion without sacrificing performance or stability. This integration not only improves infrastructure performance and reliability but also allows companies to focus on innovation and business growth in the dynamic digital era. 

Get Dynatrace x Hitachi Vantara on CDT

It’s time to modernize your business IT infrastructure easily with Hitachi and Dynatrace solutions. You can get Hitachi Vantara and Dynatrace Infrastructure Observability from Central Data Technology (CDT). 

CDT’s team of experienced and certified IT professionals will help you through every step of the process when adopting Hitachi and Dynatrace solutions. Starting from the consultation process, deployment, management, to after sales support to avoid trial and error. 

Interested in Hitachi solutions? Contact us by filling in the following form. 

Author: Ary Adianto 

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