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centre of attention customers accelerate the installation of a system of infrastructure for Big Data and analytics, cloud and mobile computing. i-Virtualize customers such as Hayward Gordon and FreeBalance can now streamline their IT operations using an integrated stack of data centre technologies, including servers, storage and networking, and can help accelerate data centre infrastructure deployment, efficiently manage information and resources, and quickly adapt to business change. As a result, the company’s customers have achieved new levels of ease, cost efficiency, and versatility. Hyper-convergence Born from converged architectures is hyper-converged infrastructure, which is designed with virtualisation in mind. These solutions build on the principals for converged, and combine the functions of compute and storage into a single set of hardware that provide compute and storage functionality. Its software centric architecture tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualisation resources and other technologies from scratch in a hardware box supported by a single vendor. Current solutions on the market enable businesses to layer their infrastructure with software defined features. Consolidated management of up to 144 instances means this type of technology can deliver more than 40 petabytes of usable capacity, using virtual machines and can be deployed in the cloud. Further, by bringing compute, hypervisor input/output control, and storage entities together, hyperconvergence lets administrators manage pools of compute resources, disk assignments for hosts and virtual machines, and network underlay configuration from a single unified management interface. However, with hyper-convergence, businesses must scale both compute and storage together because they are so tightly integrated – neither can be scaled alone. Why wait? When selecting a converged or hyper-converged architecture, companies should know that both infrastructures are more than just cobbling components together. There should be some level of automation associated with the management of that environment and it should cover a broader scope of the environment than simply one or two pieces of infrastructure. Before jumping in with any vendor, businesses should consider how this is going to not only integrate into your environment, but how is it going to leverage your existing IT investments and will it support your IT needs five to 10 years down the road. Businesses that have infrastructure that has grown too complex or too unwieldy, for example, can benefit from the simplicity these in frastructures can enable. And then there are those companies that regularly face lengthy deployment times that have made it harder for projects to see the light of day, such as those companies that want to reduce costs or benefit from the economies of a hybrid cloud environment. Organisations with these issues or desires will likely see rapid results. Another example of businesses that could benefit from converged or hyper-converged infrastructures are those that allot too much resource and budget to maintenance of the IT systems. As infrastructure ages and companies take on more applications, data and devices, spending increasing amounts of money on IT maintenance will eventually bring companies to a standstill. Successful businesses are those with IT departments whose role it is to do more than just keep the lights on – they are the ones that are continuously innovating and generating revenue. Deciding if converged or hyper-converged is the right answer will come down to a company’s priorities and scale. Client feedback has endorsed that converged solutions such as VersaStack, offer a single point of management, superior performance Born from converged architectures is hyper-converged infrastructure, which is designed with virtualisation in mind. and an agility to drive new efficiency into the data centre. The efficiency benefits of current converged solutions on the market have been endorsed in economic analysis conducted by the analyst firm ESG that provides businesses with a comprehensive picture of the potential direct and indirect cost and benefit drivers to consider when evaluating an investment in converged solutions. Improvements in time to deployment, service and support, manageability, and scalability have a significant and positive impact on businesses’ financial success. 11