How many times have you used a USB connector today? It’s unavoidable: whether you charged your phone, looked at the contents of a thumb drive or plugged a device into your computer, the USB has become a ubiquitous part of our lives.
Connecting devices to computers were once nightmares. They came in different sizes and a clumsy moment could short a machine’s port. Then arrived USB, enabling hot swapping over a standardised connector family. The rest is history: today USB is everywhere, while its peers such as HDMI have improved other types of connections as well.
This concept of modular design is what modern technology thrives on. The computers of today are affordable and functional because it is not hard to replace a hardware part. Just simply plug it in. It was that level of simplicity that allowed modern machines to flourish and appear everywhere. Just imagine the maintenance nightmare if every desktop PC required the care of a mainframe.
Modular designs reduce complexity, so in the ever-complex world of datacentre infrastructure, why don’t we have a similar solution? It’s a rhetorical question, because chances are you have heard about Hyper Converged Infrastructure.
HCI is a new breed of server infrastructure. Built from the best hardware components, then configured with the leading market platforms and applications, HCI places all the best elements of datacentre gear into one box. That includes virtualisation, security, management software, high speed networking and storage arrays.
When an HCI box breaks down, it can be replaced seamlessly with an identical system. With HCI there is no unnecessary fiddling under the boot, freeing up IT resources to focus on other areas of the business. Self-service portals make deployment of enterprise resources easy, while core business applications can be fine-tuned to hum at peak performance on HCI systems.
This is the promise you can expect from VCE, the HCI market leader and one of DellEMC’s best-performing companies. VCE has pioneered numerous HCI products, most recently celebrating the birthday of its VXRail appliance. VXRail has been an unchallenged success, selling to over 1,000 customers across 78 countries in its first year. This makes it the most rapidly-adopted hyperconverged appliance in history.
HCI makes sense when replacing legacy infrastructure, since your teams no longer need to build systems from scratch. It is an immediate and fluid step into powering modern business and third-platform applications. HCI systems have been realising IT savings by up to 50 percent by reducing operational spend, configuration silos and legacy sprawl. Deployment of services becomes easy to manage through intuitive self-service portals. Whether you have it on-premise, at a third-party data center or both sides for the best in hybrid cloud services, HCI is a complete solution to the woes of server-side complexity.
DellEMC supplies a quarter of the market’s HCI solutions through VCE. Using the talents of its partner companies, which include VMWare, XtremIO and RSA, VCE’s HCI systems are defining the present and future of the datacentre. If the operations, performance and longevity of your datacentre investments are weighing on you, talk to the leaders of hyper-converged infrastructure to see what a difference it will make. Talk to VCE and never worry about keeping the server lights on again.