2022-02-24T05:54:00Z
Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Community at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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When do you decide to deploy Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?

Hi community,

How do you decide it's time for your organization to implement/deploy Hyper-Converged Infrastructure? 

If applicable, please specify some specific bullets that should help make this decision easier.

Thanks for the help!

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TJ
Arquitecto de soluciones de TI at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
User
2022-02-25T00:52:41Z
Feb 25, 2022

The key aspects for choosing HCI over traditional infrastructure are:


- Highly virtualized environments: more than 50 or 100 VMs


- Management simplicity: Software-defined storage and networking simplifies management.


- Easily implemented data protection strategies.


- Ease of horizontal and vertical growth.


- Operational flexibility, creation and administration of VM very easy.


- Ease of viewing and consolidation of VM


- Optimization of resources, computing capacities and memory are not wasted.

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Saikat Chakraborty - PeerSpot reviewer
General Manager at ACT FIBERNET
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2022-02-24T10:16:11Z
Feb 24, 2022

I would consider the following points:


-> Planning for a refresh of your hardware landscape and you have a large number of VMs (in 100s)  on your aged hardware and you also need to refresh your storage (SAN). 


-> Planning on a new project deployment in a remote location with the minimum rack space that will require optimization of space and effort. 

SANJAY HASIJA - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder at FieldFeet
Real User
Top 5
2022-02-25T03:38:59Z
Feb 25, 2022

The key reasons for HCI are: 


- High Availability of Application and Data with Zero Downtime ensuring Business Continuity.


- Followed by Consolidation and removing the clutter to manage and get the flexibility to scale and serve the business with the growing demand of Storage and Servers. 


- Lastly, reducing TCO. 

Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Community at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Community Manager
Feb 25, 2022

@SANJAY HASIJA thanks for your in-detail answer!

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Hoang Quan Nguyen - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Integration Analyst at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2022-02-24T17:59:48Z
Feb 24, 2022

We have decided to deploy Cisco Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for a few business justifications and technical justifications.


Business justifications:


- Continuous improvements: performance, reliability, and scalability from business applications' requirements of the performance.


- Migrate from disaster avoidance strategy from EMC storage to Cisco Stretch storage cluster.


- Continue to improve on disaster avoidance and redundancy.




Technical justifications:


- Software-Defined network, storage, and computing with UCS Cisco Hyper-Converged Infrastructure has been proven in our test environment with highly reliable performance, manageability, scalability, and ease of use.


- Monitoring


- Centralization


- Ease of maintenance

SANJAY HASIJA - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder at FieldFeet
Real User
Top 5
2022-03-03T11:18:53Z
Mar 3, 2022

The key reason is when you want zero downtime and consolidation. It helps you reduce the cost of space, power and cooling. 


Secondly, If your existing hardware is going to the end of life, it helps you to remove the clutter and complexity while you get redundant and make it easy to manage your infrastructure.

Jesse_B - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager of networks and infrastructure at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2022-03-02T18:53:08Z
Mar 2, 2022

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) can be a considerable CAPEX and companies must decide whether it's worth the spend based on their ability to utilize the value gained and the importance of the IT Systems to their operations.


HCI overs the following major benefits over traditional SAN and Server or cluster environments:


- Enterprise scaling with zero loss of performance based on resources. 


- True onsite HA with N+1 redundancy for virtual machines (a copy of each VM is always kept available for instant restoration.


- Ability to pool resources into a single logical unit and carve out these resources to best suit business needs.


- Enterprise-grade reliability for critical applications with higher rates of system performance and availability.


-Ease of management of infrastructure since the system appears and is managed as a single unit.


- improved fault tolerance across the physical hardware pool.


If these benefits are critical to your organization, and your company has the need for an enterprise-grade system, then it may be a good time to consider moving to HCI rather than investing in traditional SAN and Server.

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Achilles Lobo - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Architect at Grupo Protege
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2022-02-25T17:58:14Z
Feb 25, 2022

I think that the major argument of vendors for HCI, the management simplicity, is a big lie. 


Typically, companies don´t have dedicated teams to every infrastructure component - unless you are a giant enterprise or a tech. company.


The great number of things that must be integrated to make HCI work fine cause a lot of administrative effort to maintain.


Data security and availability is another question to think about: yes, you can build RAID, replication and so on. But the hardware that your data resides in will frequently fail, so, be prepared to RAID rebuild´s and the constant correlated risk´s.


The best on HCI is the cost. I think that it can be the right choice for non-critical ( like VDI) or high parallelized environments, where workload are running in a distributed way.


If you have the legacy and resource-hungry applications you go best with traditional infra.

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BH
Director Of Information Technology at Cass County Government
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