DCN October 2017 | Page 32

hyperconvergence The Hype Graham Jarvis, business and technology journalist at Trudy Darwin Consulting, finds out whether hyperconvergence really is key to an enterprise’s data centre cloud strategy. V endors often like to create a new name for an existing piece of technology that is essentially made up of the same co mponents and fulfils the same functions. This is because of factors such as the competitive pressure to keep customers interested: Application Service Provision is more commonly known today as the cloud, while converged infrastructure has led to hyperconverged infrastructure. Moving to the cloud however, won’t necessarily deliver these benefits if done in isolation. Organisations also need to look at their data centre operations and streamline how these are run. There’s a need to rationalise your data centre as you move to cloud. 32 | October 2017 Cloud: Not for everyone Let’s face it, the cloud isn’t for everyone, but nevertheless it has its merits. Yet before you go and invest in new technology or move to it, you should examine whether your existing infrastructure is sufficient to do the job you need it for. Ask yourself questions, including: ‘The hyperconvergence story: what’s really important?’ In response to this, David Trossell, CEO and CTO of data acceleration vendor Bridgeworks, commented, “We’ve been shouldering traditional system architecture for more than 50 years now”. He explains that there have only been a few significant changes along the way. Apart from the likes of IBM, which has traditionally provided a one-stop shop, we still purchase different parts of the system from different vendors. This approach means customers can source parts for the most competitive price or which offer the best solution, from different vendors. However, the downside is the need to repeat the entire process of verifying compatibility, performance and so on. Part of the story Anjan Srinivas, senior director, product management at Nutanix, agrees that hyperconvergence is only part of the story. He explains the history that led to this technological creation, “The origins of the name were due to the servers’ form factor used for such appliances in the early days. The story actually