Hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI) have come a long way since their introduction in 2014. According to a user survey conducted by analyst firm FreeForm Dynamics, 70% of the top-performing IT organizations already have considerable HCI deployments in place. We've summarized some of the other findings in an infographic.
While the benefits of HCI are clear to most IT organizations, so are the challenges around design, integration, test, deployment, operation, and maintenance.
Once your hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is up and running, how soon will it be before it’s out of date?
Sure, you can go to your preferred server and HCI software vendor, get a number of server nodes and software licenses, put them all together and deploy them in your data center. On “Day 0”, when the systems are deployed, everything may be fine. But it can be a different story on “Day 1” and beyond when substantial effort is required to keep the software and firmware of all systems compatible with each other.
The reality for most IT organizations is that they still have to battle increasing IT asset complexity and frequent updates or upgrades. This makes the day-to-day management of IT systems a nightmare for those who have to keep all systems in a consistent and compliant state throughout their lifetime.
This reminds me of the Greek legend about the Gordian knot, which is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem. For those of you who are not familiar with this Greek legend - in the story of the Gordian knot, an oracle prophesied that the one who could untie the knot would win the rule of Asia. Many clever and strong men attempted to do so, but none succeeded. On his way to Persia, Alexander the Great arrived in Gordium, the capital city of ancient Phrygia in the fourth century BC. He simply cut the knot with his sword and thus heralded his triumphal march through Asia.
What if you could be Alexander the Great, equipped with a weapon as strong as Alexander’s sword, that can cut the Gordian knot of IT lifecycle management? Admittedly, it won’t give you the power to conquer all of Asia, but it would most certainly give you significantly better control over your IT systems.
Streamlining the operational experience of VMware HCI with PRIMEFLEX for VMware
With the PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN appliance, Fujitsu has introduced a tool that takes care of the complete lifecycle of a VMware HCI environment. In fact, the appliance has been specifically engineered by VMware and Fujitsu to streamline the deployment, integration, management, upgrade, and expansion of VMware vSAN environments.
In combination with tightly integrated VMware and Fujitsu infrastructure management software, plus a single point of contact for support, the PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN appliance dramatically simplifies the complete lifecycle of a VMware-based hyper-converged IT infrastructure – from deployment to operation, to scalability and maintenance.
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