Hyper-converged infrastructure | blue and green data technology grid

Multidimensional issues, such as infrastructure capacity challenges, need strategic solutions. Hyperconverged infrastructure solutions unify computing, storage, and networking into one system that provides both simplicity and speed. VSI helps IT leaders by giving them improved visibility, allowing them to know when the infrastructure challenges they are facing are physical resources and when they are virtual resources. Whether an organization chooses to deploy hyperconvergence software from a vendor such as Nutanix or VMware, by unifying their resources, IT leaders can see increased efficiency and lower costs. Together with VSI, IT leaders can plan ahead, track growth trends, and forecast precise outcomes.

Don’t let your IT infrastructure plan put your company at risk. IT leaders have faced unprecedented challenges as they have been asked to prioritize the operations that keep the business running while dealing with rapid cost reductions. Optimize your resources, execute a plan that implements business-transforming solutions, and set your organization up for long-term success. Make 2021 the year you remove roadblocks while reducing IT risk and costs.

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure Gives You Comparison Insights

Are you getting the greatest efficiency from your physical storage resources? Or could you be getting better results? Context is an important aspect of decision-making, and comparing and contrasting one thing to another is a beneficial way to judge the value of something. IT leaders frequently find themselves experiencing network latency or gaps due to different storage and infrastructure manufacturers. But beyond those known problems, there may be additional room for improvement that companies aren’t even aware of due to reliable data being hidden within the silos of various systems.  

Picture a car driving down the highway at 60 miles per hour. Depending on the circumstances, the driver may be very happy with the ability to drive 60 miles per hour. However, if another car speeds past them going 75 miles per hour, they may suddenly realize that they are missing out on an opportunity to get to their destination faster. We may not realize that a greater opportunity exists until we see the direct comparison.

Imagine that a company has pools of storage that are seeing significant data reduction, and the company is happy with the results they are getting. Now imagine that the company implements a hyperconverged infrastructure, and combined with tools from VSI, they now have a better visual analysis across their multi-vendor storage environment. With these increased insights the organization now sees that there were other pools of storage in their system getting even better data reduction latency results. Without the ability to compare, the company might have continued with business as usual indefinitely.  

By converging compute, memory, and disc resources, hyperconvergence provides value for businesses, allowing them to compare the performance of their various environments and helping them more efficiently use their physical resources. VSI can help IT leaders know where hyperconvergence will help them see the greatest results.

Integrating Physical and Virtual Environments Allows for Greater Analysis

When physical resources are managed together with virtual resources, IT leaders have better insights into the overall performance, capacity, and utilization of their storage environment. VSI takes these insights a step further, providing IT leaders with additional data-driven analysis that saves time, reduces costs, and improves efficiency. These insights range from alerting IT leaders to CPUs that are operating at different speeds to pinpointing how many days until you run out of space on your servers.

The key to an accurate forecast is greater visibility, which VSI can provide. Insights from VSI paired with a hyperconverged infrastructure can help IT leaders as they plan ahead and negotiate new storage purchases. For example, IT leaders often need to know how many more VMs can be added to their current environment. Without clear visibility, the assumed number of VMs that can be added could be greatly overestimated. Memory isn’t the sum of individual elements, so while VMWare treats a cluster of 5 servers as if it’s all in one place, it’s important for IT teams to be aware of the discrete math monitoring of each server.

Let’s imagine that an organization has a 10 host cluster. Now, the combined total of the cluster shows that only 75% of memory is being used, so if the IT team went strictly off of the simple math, treating all memory together, it would appear as if they could add 4 VMs to their servers. But that simple math doesn’t accurately depict the reality of the servers. If they were able to look at the discrete math of each physical server, they would see that two of the servers can’t add any new VMs and stay under the 80% threshold. This means the organization can only add 3 VMs to its servers.

In this case, this is only a small difference, just 1 VM, but it is also a small use case. Organizations running larger clusters can have a much more significant difference when they aren’t able to use discrete math to accurately pinpoint how many more VMs can be added to their environment. With a hyperconverged infrastructure and data-driven insights from VSI, IT leaders can not only accurately forecast how many more VM’s can be added before running out of space, but they can even know how many days they have until they run out of space.

VSI helps IT leaders by modeling changes to their resources before taking any action, allowing companies to predict precise outcomes while avoiding any unnecessary, reactive purchases. Additionally, these data insights allow companies to identify the constraining factor in their storage environment, whether it is disc space, memory, or some other factor.  

Harness the power of a hyperconverged infrastructure combined with visual analysis and consistent reporting from VSI. VSI provides IT leaders with the insights needed to know whether they need additional physical resources or virtual resources. By offering IT leaders a single pane of glass across the enterprise, they have access to the data transparency and reliable insights needed to be the strategic leader their company expects. Schedule a demo to talk to a VSI data expert.

Key Takeaways

  • Hyperconverged infrastructure solutions unify computing, storage, and networking into one system.
  • By converging compute, memory, and disc resources, hyperconvergence provides value for businesses.
  • VSI provides IT leaders with additional data-driven analysis that saves time, reduces costs, and improves efficiency.
  • VSI provides IT leaders with the insights to know whether they need additional physical resources or virtual resources.
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