6 benefits of dHCI architecture


Disaggregated Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (dHCI) can help IT managers meet the challenge of building cloud-ready infrastructures on-premise.

Private clouds need to be high-performing, agile, and scale easily, and infrastructure managers also expect a number of automated management features. By combining independent compute and storage nodes, dHCI enables a cloud-ready on-premise infrastructure for a range of workloads.

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IT Central Station' users highlight numerous benefits of dHCI architecture including higher performance, flexibility, consolidated workloads, an elastic infrastructure, support for multiple platforms, and cloud data services.

Performance and flexibility

A dHCI solution offers the option of moving specific workloads to a higher performance when needed.

A storage lead at a manufacturing company with more than 10,000 employees shared, “It gives me a chance to have certain workloads on high performance for people who complain about performance. If they think it is their storage, I can put it on there. It allows me to move a VM set and require extra performance. I can easily move them onto it and have it just run.”

Application performance was also improved for a system consultant at a small tech services company. The dHCI solution performed better than the single disks that they had employed previously, which increased customer satisfaction. He said, “IOPS have increased significantly so that when many users come in to test at the center we don't have any performance complaints anymore.”

Flexibility of a dHCI solution ties back into performance and its ability to adapt and move workloads. One healthcare storage engineer felt, “It's helped us flexibly move and shift our workloads around, back and forth.”

While a systems platform engineer at a large insurance company noted how flexibility manifested in the opportunity to do less work, he said, “This solution's ability to scale on-demand affects provisioning because it auto-provisions itself. This solution's ability to scale compute and storage independently makes things easier for us because it does most of the stuff automatically, and we don't really have to touch it all that often.”

Consolidation of workloads and an elastic infrastructure

Numerous IT Central Station reviewers shared that dHCI helped their IT organizations become more efficient and economical through the consolidation of workloads.

One senior MIS manager said, “In terms of helping us with storage persistence across private and hybrid clouds, we do store data internally and in Azure. It has allowed us to consolidate a number of workloads into a single unit and have that unit also working with Azure.”

An added benefit arose for this user who stated, “It's allowed me to consolidate our infrastructure, saving electricity in the server room, and even saving heat, so I was able to use this project toward our environmental objectives.” In addition, a healthcare storage engineer found dHCI, “has enabled us to consolidate workflows and break down silos.”

Creating an environment that can adapt easily, providing elasticity to unknown future needs, is an essential element of IT management.

As a storage engineer at a university with more than 5,000 employees explained, “It gives us some flexibility for the future if we do decide to go into the public cloud. We are actually considering Microsoft Azure for a lot of stuff going forward. It's kind of like an injection point into the cloud as well.”

Support for multiple platforms and cloud data services

Many IT organizations using technology to support multiple platforms can benefit from dHCI. Their infrastructures can keep up with rapidly shifting requirements from diverse stakeholders.

One director at a small tech services company who started to use dHCI to get “more and more into the Kubernetes side of it and get the ability to move entire applications all over the place,” observed that “The software around it also has got to be the best across all different storage environments.”

Support for cloud data services emerges as a source of benefit to IT organizations. As a media company storage operations manager puts it, “It affects the management of the infrastructure by making it one single pane of glass to provision and a single pane of glass to monitor. It makes my use easier.”

dHCI offers IT managers the performance and flexibility needed to deploy private clouds along with a cloud-ready infrastructure on-premise. The technology benefits IT organizations by enabling support for multiple platforms and workload consolidation. It also provides a degree of elasticity, which is essential when keeping up with fast-moving changes to business requirements in a private cloud environment.