3 Ways to Improve Your IT Operational Efficiency

Aug 24, 2017

As enterprises undergo digital transformation, they struggle to adapt their IT infrastructures. Today, customer interactions, business processes, and innovation are all driven by data analytics. Streams of valuable data pour into enterprise data centers, taxing their storage and performance capabilities. Traditionally, companies have provisioned more hardware to meet demands. This strategy has resulted in siloed architectures and server sprawl that complicate management and waste money and energy.

Moving forward, CIOs must rethink their approach to IT architecture. Adopting a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) eliminates the inefficiencies that plague traditional infrastructures.

Here is a closer look at 3 ways an HCI can boost efficiency:

1) Automate Deployment

Scaling to meet increasing data growth is difficult with traditional storage architectures. IT leaders have to estimate their workload needs, so they often under or overprovision. If workload needs increase, it takes time to provision additional hardware.

With HCI, deploying new equipment is fast and easy. The building-block architecture contains prefabricated and tested storage, compute, and networking clusters. New units can be deployed in an hour or less. Some HCI solutions allow your company to scale compute and storage independently so you can make granular adjustments to meet your needs.

2) Gain Cloud Capabilities for Virtualized Environments

An HCI creates a bridge from virtualization to the cloud. Cloud and hyperconverged solutions operate under a similar mindset. With both solutions, IT leaders can scale incrementally as needed instead of overprovisioning to meet estimated growth.

Providers of HCIs are increasingly connecting their solutions to the cloud. With an HCI, companies can connect storage and management services to cloud services through a hybrid cloud. Instead of merely scaling out using more HCI building blocks, customers can scale off-premises into the cloud.

3) Simplifying Management

One way to curb server sprawl is to use data management strategies that eliminate redundancies. Some HCI solutions offer built-in data management tools that reduce the burden of big data volumes. Tools like inline deduplication and compression optimize your storage infrastructure. With the right hyperconverged solution, your enterprise can reduce storage needs by up to 80% without sacrificing performance.

HCI also simplifies management by eliminating silos. Compute, storage, and networking are included in a single chassis, along with a hypervisor layer. IT leaders gain full visibility and control through a single console.

How HCI Helps Companies Scale Efficiently

When your enterprise considers making a major change in your approach to IT infrastructure, you want a provider that has a proven track record. PEAK Resources has helped many companies successfully transition from a traditional data center infrastructure to HyperFlex, Cisco’s HCI offering.

When companies are experiencing growing pains, PEAK Resources transitions them to a data center infrastructure that is easy to scale and manage without increasing IT staff. With Cisco HyperFlex, PEAK Resources provides an end-to-end solution that centralizes data center management. By transitioning to Cisco HyperFlex for HCI, companies can manage their IT environment through a single-pane-of-glass. The performance speed of mission-critical applications increases, eliminating frustrating latency.

Choosing the Ideal Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Many of the HCI options out there fail to solve all the inefficiencies of traditional IT architectures. Some force companies to scale compute and storage at the same rate, regardless of need. Others may not integrate with your existing tools and applications. Not all solutions offer built-in data management.

Cisco HyperFlex was designed with these challenges in mind. Servers or drives can be added to nodes depending on whether you need to increase computing power or storage capacity. Always-on data management tools create a leaner, meaner data center.

HyperFlex with CloudCenter allows your business to transition from virtualization to the cloud. Your company can take advantage of the versatility of hybrid cloud by deploying VMs and applications in the public cloud. With hybrid cloud, applications can be moved from testing and development environments in the cloud to an on-premises production environment.

With HyperFlex, your company can make a smooth and efficient digital transformation.

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