Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is an increasingly popular approach to cost effectively modernising legacy infrastructure. It also helps simplify data management and smooth the path to hybrid cloud. With HCI, data is distributed across clusters of servers, while virtualising and centralising compute, storage and networking. Modular scalabitity can help optimise capital expenditure (CapEx), while ease of deployment and management can decrease operational expenditure (OpEx).
Although modern analytics and artificial intelligence (Al) often drive the deployment of HCI, it can be a good fit for a wide range of workloads. These include, real-time collaboration, databases, testing and development, enterprise resource planning (ERP), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and multi-workload clusters.
Why is choice of storage solution important?
Typically, workloads running on HCI are highly data intensive. They are also often latency sensitive—like Al and analytics—needing fast, reliable and scalable access to complex datasets in order to derive insight. This means the right data must be held in the right place at the right time, with hot data as close to the CPU as possible—all while managing costs.
Organisations planning to run HCI workloads face three common challenges in achieving this delicate balancing act:
- Scaling effectively as data volumes continue to grow
- Meeting the demanding performance requirements of mission-critical workloads
- Minimising infrastructure complexity
Intel Optane technologies help address these needs across the storage/memory continuum.
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- Modular scalability
Intel Optane SSDs and Intel° 3D NAND SSDs help extend storage performance and capacity, consolidate storage resources and boost VM density. This lets you retain performance and enable more HCI workloads per server while helping to reduce costs. When you're upgrading your VMware vSAN cluster from the prior generation, be sure to add 3rd Gen Intel Xeon. processors and Intel Optane SSDs in the caching tier. Meanwhile, Intel Optane persistent memory increases capacity for memory-intensive workloads and offers native persistence to support greater resilience and productivity.
- Consistently high performance
Intel Optane SSDs increases performance and lower latency to support the most demanding HO workloads, across multiple common platforms and environments. They deliver high endurance, low latency, and high quality of service (QoS) for the cache/metadata tier.
- Simplified Solutions
Intel collaborates with leading MCI solution providers to deliver Inter Select Solutions-- proven solutions for HCI and hybrid cloud, available from a wide variety of server vendors. These pre-validated, workload-optimised solutions can help reduce the time required to evaluate, select and purchase the necessary hardware and software components, and minimise the time required to deploy new infrastructure.