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Moving to a Hyper Converged Infrastructure? Read this First!

Moving to a Hyper Converged Infrastructure? Read this First!

Evaluating your ROI or truly understanding your cost of ownership of hardware in your datacenters has always been difficult.  Even though the convergence of technologies reduces the need for siloed IT teams, it is still laden with inefficiencies around buying infrastructure, gaining approvals and predicting business’s needs before they ask.  Although these are not the technologies fault, its weakens the hyper convergence adoption for future as businesses are expecting IT to be more agile and have capacity on demand.  A good solution to this is you have to have a hybrid approach where cloud is accessible to ensure business demands are being met.

Sizing your hyper converged environment is all about knowing your organizations needs for storage. Which is another very hard thing to predict in today’s world.  Because hyper-convergence is so easy to set up, it may lead you to deploy it in scenarios where it may not fit. For example, because compute and storage resources are sharing the same appliance, it can limit storage capacity. If you don’t understand the storage requirements of your applications, performance can suffer.

Below are the top 3 mistakes we see when setting up a hyper converged infrastructure:

  1. The customer didn’t invest the time to research all aspects of the solution. Due diligence is required to know how to manage hyper converged after the initial install. How is storage capacity calculated and how can you increase it if needed? How does high availability work in relationship to the number of nodes in the cluster, did you buy enough nodes, and what are the guidelines for adding nodes? What do you need to do to backup the nodes, and are there backup options that maybe included?
  2. The customer’s environment wasn’t ready for a hyper converged solution. Primarily, make sure the network is solid and is ready to handle your hyper converged requirements. For some customers, this maybe their first virtual storage cluster so there can be somethings to consider.
  3. The customer doesn’t understand the hyper converged support process. Don’t wait for a crisis to discover that your support may not meet your requirements. You need to understand who handles what and make sure the response time aligns with your service level agreements for the corresponding applications.

In conclusion, invest time to understand how to best manage a hyper converged environment before investing.


See the following blog for additional tips and assistance: Hyper Converged Technology Blog

For more information please contact networking@pcm.com.

Article written By:

 Victor Kruse
Solutions Architect | PCM.COM

and

 Milind Shah
Field CTO | PCM.COM

 

 

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