With its simplicity, ease of management, and cost savings over traditional data center architectures, hyperconvergence appeals to an organization’s business management as well as its IT operations.

An infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture, hyperconvergence tightly integrates compute, storage, and networking – along with virtualization resources and other technologies – in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor.

Improved management of IT infrastructure is an important goal, but the real aim of hyperconvergence is to make business more agile. Hyperconvergence is a cost-effective solution that can keep a business nimble enough to compete despite continually shifting technology. Beyond agility, scalability and cost savings – the three fundamental promises of cloud computing – hyperconvergence delivers two additional key benefits: redundancy (through SAN storage) and data protection.

CenturyLink® Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation relies on the self-contained, hyperconverged cloud infrastructure to provide many of the self-service features in its offering. The integrated compute, storage, networking and virtualization of each VM allows for plenty of security without the heavy burdens usually imposed on high security. With hyperconvergence, VMs sit on dedicated cloud infrastructure designed to maximize performance without sacrificing security. Convergence is made feasible in the data center through:

  • Applications and the servers that host them. They’re managed together, using a single platform that focuses on the health and accessibility of those applications.
  • Compute capacity, file storage, memory, and network connectivity. Workloads are treated like customers whose needs must be satisfied, even if it takes the decommissioning and shutdown of hardware to accomplish it.
  • Workloads packaged within the same class of construct. This enables HCI platforms to treat virtual machines as essentially equal software components, even when they have different operating requirements.

Beyond requiring less physical equipment, hyperconvergence also provides these five important benefits to the IT environment and the business as a whole:

  • Cost efficiency: Hyperconvergence is an affordable economic model for any IT department. Because there is less equipment to purchase, maintain, and support, supporting a hyperconverged data center incurs lower recurring costs.
  • Agility: Workloads fall under one administrative umbrella in a hyperconverged infrastructure. This makes it easier to migrate them between locations.
  • Scalability: A hyperconverged data center is easy to scale up because of its architecture. It's simple to add or subtract resources to match your demand.
  • Software-defined storage: HCI storage nodes act as one highly reliable and redundant pool, so other nodes aren’t affected if one node goes down.
  • Data protection: Hyperconvergence gives an organization the ability to easily restore data.

DCC Foundation is an ideal platform for deploying complex and highly demanding applications like those used by Financial Services organizations. Dedicated hardware provides ultimate control since each customer's solution is isolated and independent.

The software-defined data center provides automation that controls the hardware; automation means fewer mistakes and greater consistency as well as more flexibility. Hyperconvergence provides tightly integrated compute, storage, networking that’s easily managed by the customer, while virtualization and infrastructure resources are supported by CenturyLink.

Learn more about CenturyLink Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation, CenturyLink’s next-generation private cloud.