Digitalization has an enormous impact on data center infrastructures. Large amounts of data need to be collected, processed, analyzed, transported and stored.
As data volumes increase and business demands are steadily changing, data center infrastructures need to be dynamic and flexible to quickly meet these new demands. Hyper-converged infrastructures represent one attractive solution to these challenges.
Just imagine some of its benefits: No longer dealing with Storage Area Networks and external storage systems; compute and storage resources included in commodity servers, both of them virtualized; reducing your operational and capital expenditures; high availability built-in; and above all easy to scale by just adding servers, if the current configuration does not satisfy your performance or capacity demands.
Especially the simplified management due to the software-defined nature of compute and storage resources and the automation capabilities sounds not only appealing for the data center, but also for remote and branch offices, as well as small and medium businesses that often suffer from a lack of IT expertise.
With Windows Server 2019 Datacenter and its Storage Spaces Direct function, you make take the Microsoft path when building your hyper-converged infrastructure.
Starting with a minimum of two servers, scalability up to 16 servers is probably more than what is necessary for most use cases. The software-defined networking in addition to software-defined compute and storage turns your infrastructure into a fully software-defined data center.
But getting there is complex; without the necessary experience and required skills, the risk of not delivering the project on time and within the approved budget is extremely high, if you decide to do it alone.
But there is no reason to despair
Pre-configured and pre-tested integrated systems, certified for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, such as the FUJITSU Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, simplify and accelerate the deployment of your Microsoft-based hyper-converged infrastructure, while taking out the risk and increasing operational efficiency.
If you know that you will only operate a limited number of virtual machines in the near future, you may go for the cost-effective 2-node alternative, especially designed for edge computing and ROBO use cases. The point-to-point connectivity makes the usage of network switches superfluous.
The easiest way to your Microsoft-based hyper-converged infrastructure is to get in touch with Fujitsu. We will assess which configuration is most appropriate and get you on the fast track to your desired destination.