HCI on the cusp of becoming the trusted platform for business-critical workloads

Main visual : HCI on the cusp of becoming the trusted platform for business-critical workloads

The virtualization of x86-servers has come a long way since the early 2000s when VMware Server, VMware’s first server virtualization platform was launched. Having started my IT career in 1991, I have been fortunate enough to be able to watch how the virtualization revolution has changed the world of IT infrastructure.

The effect it has had on the industry reminds me of a recent visit to the new Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, which showcases the evolution of the Mercedes car - another technology that has revolutionized mobility.

Starting out in 1886, Mercedes Benz soon rose to become a leading vendor of the reliable cars that today safely carry VIPs around the world. Funnily enough, Carl Benz did not at first have complete conviction in his own invention.

Fortunately, his wife helped convince him of the value of his new means of transport by taking her first long-distance trip in one of his automobiles. Whether you are a car fan or not, you should definitely visit the museum should you find yourself in the Stuttgart region.

Coming back to IT infrastructure, server virtualization has also definitely come of age. It doesn’t have the same century of history that cars do, but 20 years is a long time in the IT industry given the speed of innovation it has seen.

And just a couple of years ago, hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI) took virtualization in x86 servers to the next level by adding storage virtualization where internal x86 server storage is aggregated in a virtual pool of storage for virtual machines.

HCI accredited as a trusted platform for SAP HANA

This advance, in turn, gave rise to another success story.

Today HCI is the fastest growing market of all the multi-billion-dollar storage segments. With thousands of customer installations now under its belt, HCI has built a significant level of maturity and trust.

The technology has matured to the extent that SAP now offers a certification for HCI platforms to deliver business-critical SAP HANA workloads.

PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN: confident transitions to SAP HANA on HCI

VMware is certainly not the only player in the HCI market, nor was the company the first. But today VMware definitely provides the most bullet-proof server virtualization technology available, trusted by almost all large enterprises.

With its software-defined storage product vSAN now already in its seventh generation, VMware delivers a consolidation platform that allows customers to reduce total cost of ownership by 50 percent compared with traditional storage approaches.

However, a DIY transition to a hyper-converged IT environment for SAP HANA can be a complex, time-consuming and error-prone process.

To mitigate the risks, Fujitsu offers PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN, a SAP HANA certified integrated system that dramatically simplifies the deployment of a fully virtualized SAP HANA environment.

HCI – a developing story

With HCI, we all have the privilege of watching another technology success story - one that is changing IT infrastructure delivery from a hardware-defined to a software-defined approach.

Achieving the certification to run business-critical SAP HANA workloads definitely presents a major milestone.

However, I believe that this is not the end of the road. We are still in the middle of a developing story that has great potential to continue to grow to revolutionize other areas.

If you would like to learn more about SAP HANA on HCI or PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN, please visit: www.fujitsu.com/emeia/pf4vSAN.