The Sky Is The Only Limit In Cloud Computing
How HCIS can impact your organisation so you can focus on your core business.
When talking to a friend about storing some important documents in the cloud recently, he pointed to the sky and laughed. Most people have little idea about cloud computing other than knowing it’s a data centre somewhere. For the tech savvy, of course they know it’s a highly secured data centre operated by one of the big players such as Microsoft with “Azure”, Amazon with “AWS” and Google with its unsurprising “Google Cloud Platform”.
Those in the industry understand it is software as a service (SaaS), it is elastic computing, they know the difference between private and public cloud and that there is a myriad of standards and technologies to manage it. The key to the incredible growth in cloud computing is attributed to its flexibility, scalability and price. Cloud computing allows organisations large and small to concentrate on their core business. It allows software developers to innovate, concentrating on improving their applications rather putting effort into managing the underlying technologies.
Cloud providers hire the best in the industry to manage the cloud environments taking pressure off organisations to hire those skills internally. The cloud providers with economies of scale can invest in compelling technologies providing continuous improvement. Simply, organisations can then focus on their core business.
Just when everyone is on board with the technology, along comes hyper converged infrastructure system (HCIS). According to Gartner it is “the fastest-growing category of data center infrastructure during the next five years”.. Hyperconverged integrated systems utilise a modular compute/network/storage device with direct-attached storage. This technology uses commodity hardware that in itself drives costs down.
The HCIS market has matured in the past two years delivering superior cost savings and performance advantages over existing technologies. HCIS is designed to scale from a single or dual node in response to application demand. HCIS’ modular approach provides even greater flexibility from proprietary integrated system solutions enabling smaller initial investments and responsive scalability. This allows cloud providers to pass on massive cost savings.
The HCIS market is driven by infrastructure players such as Dell EMC and HPE. It is also expanding with disruptive innovators such as NetApp, a leader in network-attached storage with its HCIS offering.
HCIS provides a compelling cloud solution to small businesses, medium sized businesses and enterprise customers. With the option to have a dedicated environment that is fit for purpose, is flexible and cost effective with all the benefits of cloud, makes for a compelling argument. Whether business systems are outsourced to infrastructure management providers or internally managed, HCIS is driving the move to the cloud.
The attractiveness of being able to start small and grow, or move a whole enterprise system into a HCIS environment is compelling. Consultel Cloud is one of the fastest growing cloud service providers partnering with NetApp with their HCI solution. The environments are hosted in Equinix data centres and provisioned close to customers to provide performance and security benefits.
The Sky is truly is the only limit to the innovation in cloud computing.