Over the past several years, hyperconverged infrastructures (HCIs) gained popularity due to their ability to merge server, storage and hypervisor and deliver consolidated support to business-critical applications and services.
Chosen wisely, the right HCI platform can enable your IT team to lower costs, achieve operational efficiencies and reduce complexities associated with managing a data center. In addition to cost savings, increasing demand for data protection and disaster recovery will become the main factor driving the expansion of the HCI Market in the nearest future. By 2023, it is expected to reach $1.7 billion, growing at a CAGR of 42.0%.
Today’s businesses rely on their IT resources to stay safe and available at all times. Even a short-term downtime can cost millions of dollars and impact your business’s productivity levels. With its ability to wrap storage devices and servers into a comprehensive, easy-to-use management solution, many organizations are turning to HCI for continuous data protection.
So how does HCI improve disaster recovery process? Let’s take a look at these 5 main benefits and determine if HCI is the right fit for your data center.
1. Hyperconverged Infrastructures Simplify Disaster Recovery (DR)
Hyperconvergence enables IT teams to react efficiently and restore critical infrastructures as soon as possible anytime a disaster strikes. With their ability to prioritize certain workloads over others, HCIs can focus on restoring mission-critical systems right away to ensure business continuity in the event of a large-scale disaster.
Many HCI solutions include built-in data protection and management tools, from data deduplication and cloning technologies to multi-site replication. This allows you to reduce the effort it takes to manage a reliable DR strategy without having to employ expensive and complex hardware.
2. Hyperconverged Infrastructures Reduce DR Costs
Hyperconverged infrastructures make it less expensive to sustain a secondary site for disaster recovery without having to replicate the entire data center. HCIs offer extended flexibility to use standard servers at the DR site while deploying replication to achieve the lowest recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs).
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HCIs leverage asynchronous virtual machine replication at the recovery site to achieve RTO as low as 5 minutes, eliminating the need to provide excess capacity at the DR site or having to employ additional hardware. With HCI-as-a-service model, you can also run disaster recovery straight to the cloud without having to invest anything upfront.
3. Hyperconverged Infrastructures Improve Backup Process
With the simplicity of HCI architectures mentioned above, it’s no surprise that these infrastructures reduce the probability that the backup process will fail. Compared to traditional infrastructures, HCIs offer a faster way to fail over data in an event of the disaster than any other solution.
In fact, most of the HCI baseline solutions include a comprehensive backup and recovery capability that can enable extremely short RTO windows. This eliminates the need for third-party data protection and ensures that your virtual machines are always available.
4. Scale-Out Benefits
Hyperconverged infrastructures are implemented across multiple servers or nodes that turn separate storage, server and virtualization assets into a single scale-out architecture. Through their scale-out node-based architecture, hyperconverged infrastructures provide valuable capabilities enabling network administrators to easily copy data in a cluster or between sites as well as implement storage at the virtual machine or instance level. HCI nodes can be geographically dispersed to ensure against the failure of a single rack or the entire data center. As data gets distributed across multiple nodes, the impact of moving VMs from one location to another is minimal.
5. Software-Defined Benefits
By nature, hyperconverged infrastructures are software-defined and provide a centralized control interface that automatically routes traffic in the way that best utilizes resources and accommodates changing workloads.
The software-defined aspect makes HCI applications hardware agnostic, so they can be moved from one VM to another with minimal performance impact. Traditional virtualization can do that as well, but replicating a VM with traditional solutions requires shared storage with multiple arrays which are less efficient than the HCI storage layer.
Hyperconverged infrastructures perform disaster recovery replication to a secondary location without having to rely on expensive hardware. They significantly reduce downtime and DR costs while simplifying the entire process. If your organization’s goal is to stay ahead of the curve and protect mission-critical data from unexpected events, HCI solutions should be your next big step to take.
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