Written by Chip Freund on September 18, 2018
Cloud Platforms With On-demand Hyperconverged Infrastructure
Cyxtera’s On-Demand Data Center at Work recently showcased how to build cloud infrastructure with on-demand HCI featuring Nutanix.
Marcel Messing, Cloud Architect at Nutanix and Jim Lipps, VP Sales Engineering, DCS at Cyxtera provided insight into how to quickly and cost-effectively deploy private enterprise and service provider cloud platforms with hyperconverged infrastructure. Read the summary below or watch the recording.
Baseline: What is hyperconverged infrastructure from Nutanix
The goal of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is to reduce complexity. IT infrastructure from the last 10-15 years traditionally followed a three-tier architecture – compute, network, and storage. Each of the three areas was managed and scaled somewhat independently of the others. HCI has changed all that. With HCI standard server hardware can be used with a new software layer that virtualizes the hardware allowing easy, linear scaling of all components. HCI market leader, Nutanix, has created a system that reduces complexity by providing the software and an appliance hardware model. The result is a virtualization platform for your IT infrastructure where scaling is no longer painful, and silos are reduced. You can start small and scale with your changing business requirements.
Beyond virtualization, Nutanix helps to make your IT organization more agile, by providing the ability to scale up capacity without major step change upgrades like adding a new storage controller when all disk ports are filled on the current controller. With Nutanix HCI the controller is virtualized, so as you add additional nodes to handle growing capacity needs, you get the compute, storage, and storage network resources in a simple appliance.