SmartCompany, March 22, 2017:
For many of us, IT systems are a complicated line of terms that mean very little to the uninitiated. From where it began at single-use servers, through to hardware visualisation and converged IT infrastructure. The terms themselves are enough to baffle a business owner before they find out more.
The latest term doing the rounds – hyperconvergence – is a bit of a head-scratcher. However, once you cut through the technical jargon, it’s easy to see how this latest IT trend could be a game-changer for small businesses.
What is hyperconvergence?
Hyperconvergence is a complex-sounding term for a technology that’s designed to simplify business computing needs. It offers cloud-like simplicity for organisations that want to keep their IT infrastructure on-site.
By using software to control traditional hardware functions, hyperconvergence gives businesses the power and flexibility to optimise their infrastructure by consolidating and simplify their computing and storage environments.
It essentially means you can manage all your IT infrastructure on a united interface, without having to manage everything separately.
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What does it mean for business?
- IT management tasks, such as the provision of new equipment and backing up data, are easier to manage
- The space and power requirements for your businesses IT equipment are substantially reduced
- The cost and ease of IT provisioning will free you up to focus on growth, rather than the bottom line
- The reliability of your IT systems will improve, which will mean more productive employees, and a healthier bottom line
Who is using it?
Hyperconvergence isn’t only about big businesses. In fact, the ease of hyperconvergence lends itself to small businesses who may not have a team of IT experts on site.
At Woodleigh School in Victoria, network manager Troy Pieterman found hyperconverged technology to be “an easy solution to manage”.
“I’ve found that my time and resources can now be focused on making the student learning experience seamless and reliable. We are spending less time managing complex systems, which allows us to focus on educating our students,” says Pieterman.
The National Blood Authority, meanwhile, uses hyperconverged infrastructure on a national scale “because it provides a simple, scalable and easy-to-manage data centre platform to support the delivery of four million units of blood, valued at $1.2 billion, annually,” says Chief Information Officer, Peter O’Halloran.
“If we didn’t have the technology, there would be an increase in cost of about $10 million per annum to cover blood wastage – that means at least 20,000 extra donors would need to be called in every year.”