Converged infrastructure (CI) aims to remove the siloes created by a traditional IT deployment. It can also reduce the cost and complexity associated with deploying individual infrastructure components. As IT consolidation has become more prevalent, CI provides the scalability, flexibility, and adaptability needed to optimise your infrastructure for a competitive advantage.
A step on from CI is a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), which has all of the integrated elements and benefits of a CI. There are, however, a few very important distinctions between the two that should be considered. At the core of an HCI system is a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking, and virtualisation. It comes in the form of a single appliance, supported by a single vendor. As a result of this, all components can be easily automated and managed through the same management platform.
Due to its flexibility and scale-out nature, organisations continue to develop new use cases for HCI. Typical use-cases for HCI are:
- General-Purpose Workloads
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructures
- Analytics (Hadoop Clusters, etc.)
- Remote or Branch Office Workloads (ROBO)
Parallel offers a IT Infrastructure Assessment which is tailored to your requirements and can incorporate a review of your server, storage, virtualisation, network, backup, and DR infrastructures. If required, capacity and performance sizing can also be added to the scope of the assessment, to assist with determining the requirements for a new CI or HCI infrastructure.Find Out More
Private & Hybrid Cloud
Converged infrastructure solutions underpin private cloud by combining compute, storage, and network into a single infrastructure framework, which makes automation easier.
A private cloud provides IT infrastructure services and applications to users via a self-service portal. Users select from a catalogue of available services e.g. deploying a new server or application, and once approved, it’s automatically deployed and made available to the user.
Delivering IT infrastructure in this way significantly reduces the time it takes to deliver new applications and services to the business. It also provides a solid foundation for enabling hybrid cloud, where workloads can easily migrate to and from a public cloud, but still remain centrally monitored and within the control of IT.
At Parallel we’re committed to helping our customers adopt a cloud strategy that drives IT transformation.
For more information on this service, please download our Cloud Transformation Services Brochure.Find Out More