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Hyperconvergence – A use case for business continuity

Our Lead Solutions Engineer at VMware SSA, Monique Hart, discusses where hyperconvergence and business continuity meet.

Q: How does a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) enable business continuity?

M: Hyperconvergence is a use case for business continuity today as organisations need the agility to act decisively and respond appropriately to keep the business running despite potential disruptions. Now, this is where HCI solutions come to play, as they support business continuity by providing an agile IT platform that allows employees to work remotely.

Further, it scales both on-premises and in the public cloud with burst capacity and simplifies disaster recovery during site-wide outages.

Q: What role does hyperconverged infrastructure/s play?

M: HCI is part of the foundation which makes up the building blocks of the private and public cloud. With IT agility and transformation being top business priorities, companies need highly available infrastructure to continue operations when faced with localised component failures. This also applies to more significant site-wide outage scenarios.

Q: What long-term and short-term benefits can HCI yield?

M: HCI helps organisations simplify infrastructure and accelerate provisioning. It acts as a hybrid cloud foundation to help them effectively extend operations to data centres beyond their own.

Additionally, HCI for businesses can leverage container technology to quickly deploy applications across multiple environments, assisted and automated through orchestration platforms like Kubernetes.

Q: How has HCI evolved recently?

M: As choice has become a big part of business decisions, HCI delivers a great alternative and is exceptionally flexible, making it very attractive.

Further, HCI has extended into an on-demand and consumption-based software offering, such as HCI-as-a-Service, which is used to deploy in or extend to the public cloud.

Q: How is HCI used in business cases today?

M: HCI is used in many areas, but it is a key solution for business continuity beyond creating the base fabric of many modern data centres and clouds. Here are some examples of its impact:

Business Continuity – Businesses need the agility to act decisively and respond appropriately to keep running in the face of many probable disruptions, either expected or not.

Remote Workforce Enablement – Our vSAN solution delivers simple, high-performance, flash-accelerated storage infrastructure for virtual desktops and apps.

This gives IT a solution with an optimised price-to-performance ratio that dramatically lowers the total cost of ownership and eliminates the need to over-provide input/output operations per second.

Burst Capacity – VMware’s Cloud Foundation simplifies the hybrid cloud by delivering a single integrated solution that is easy to scale through built-in automated lifecycle management.

High Availability – Businesses need highly available infrastructure to continue operations in the face of either localised component failures or larger site-wide outage scenarios.


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