By Jim Greene
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