Converged vs. Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure: What’s the Difference?
We at Zycom are proud to pioneer breakthrough innovations to make life better for our clients. Reducing failover times, making remote commuting a more secure and feasible alternative, and performing highly efficient cloud migrations are just a few ways our hybrid cloud infrastructural (HCI) approach has helped redefine modern IT solutions. Prospects and customers looking to understand HCI, rely on our expertise. But what’s the difference between a “standard” converged and hybrid cloud infrastructure, anyway?
Let’s pull back the curtain a little to reveal some key benefits of HCI.
A Matter of Definition
Converged IT infrastructures tend to rely more on the hardware itself, utilizing prepackaged building blocks of code as a means of complementing the operation. Think of it as a “starter kit” or bundle. To some businesses, especially those seeking to implement a more efficient and scalable solution offering a greater degree of finetuning capability, this might feel like putting the cart before the horse, so to speak. A hybrid cloud infrastructure prioritizes software optimization and compatibility above all else, meaning solutions such as a cloud migration are wholly software-defined rather than built around specific hardware elements.
Bearing all of this in mind, converged infrastructures are ideal for some businesses while hybrid cloud alternatives are better suited for others. Each operates uniquely and, therefore, provide their own benefits depending on how your operation is set up.
Computing, Storage, and Networking Hardware Consolidation
Converged infrastructures tend to rely on more physical hardware – specifically, a networking server rack that also contains storage and other systems. If you have the space and the hardware you use is relatively recent, this can work as a solution for a long time if you don’t anticipate rapid operational changes and likely won’t “outgrow your shoes” for quite some time.
Hybrid cloud infrastructure, thanks to its software-defined nature, involves more compact, consolidated hardware and server elements. These are integrated with a local storage array, which can allow for hassle-free filesharing and permissions management across connected systems, including remote devices with the appropriate access credentials. In that sense, a hybrid cloud infrastructure better enables flexibility and scalability, not to mention a more seamless virtualization experience for remote and onsite workers alike.
Maneuverability and VM Support
Hybrid cloud infrastructural solutions like ours at Zycom are architected with care and precision to ensure maximum suitability for your virtual machine (VM) needs. Data can be transferred between physical and virtual systems with relative ease without compromising compliance and security requirements. Converged alternatives aren’t capable of sharing storage in this manner, limiting their usefulness if you require something more flexible and maneuverable; they have to pass from a server, through the network and storage switch, and then to the storage itself. HCI combines the storage and server elements to simplify the process and make it more adaptable to your needs.
Speed, Performance, and Cost-Effectiveness
Our friends at Nutanix put it best: multiple nodes linked to direct access storage means improved throughput, I/O and processing speeds without bogging down compute systems, the latter made possible by data made readily available to processing partners that actually need it the most. That way, if a VM goes down, alternate routes can be taken. Combined with no proprietary hardware requirements, simplified implementation and management, and these as well as other performance benefits, it’s a win-win scenario. Businesses that switch to HCI often see considerable long-term cost savings while improving uptime, data availability, and disaster recovery efficiency.
This is only the beginning. When comparing converged versus HCIs, there are compelling arguments for each. With the latter, however, your business is better positioned to not only grow without pains but thrive on a hyper-scalable, flexible, and software-defined solution. To learn more about our approach to hybrid cloud infrastructure, contact us today. We’d love to show you the capabilities of this approach.