Hybrid Cloud Solutions Create Opportunities for the Omaha Technology Industry

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In Omaha, Nebraska and around the world, the technology industry is indeed going through an exciting time as hybrid cloud and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions create new opportunities for businesses and enterprises alike. As I start to take a trip down memory lane, we can remember when the leading edge of technology was being able to do basic things like word processing (remember the uses of all those function keys) or having limited computing in a back closet somewhere. Gone are the days of dial-up modems, restrictive cell phone roaming charges, and single-purpose computing resources. Enter hybrid cloud solutions and you know the technology industry has truly come a long way from those historic days!

We can now access information from our fingertips. With the ability to instantly share information with anyone across the globe, we can create multiple business computing environments virtually in-house and in the cloud. Because of the advancements of communications, computing, and hybrid-cloud, we now live and work in an era where there are so many great choices on how to implement the technology. Our market has exciting opportunities to transform Omaha businesses with new technology solutions and practices such as hyperconverged infrastructure,  that are more business-centric.

Here is a more in-depth look at what achievements and choices I see now that are leaving a mark or making change easy to modernize operations.

Multiple competitive solutions:

  • Options with Azure, AWS, Google
  • Ease of use
  • Financial moves from CapEx to OpEx

Customers moving to a Hybrid Cloud solution can find:

  • Flexible solutions
  • Retain proprietary environments on-prem
  • Match workloads with the best options
  • Effective IT cost management (what make the most sense)
  • Cost-effective Disaster Recovery

Those utilizing Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solutions can now:

  • Have tightly integrated compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources
  • Easily deploy on-prem solutions
  • Implement simplified management

I am excited about what changes in technology we have seen this year. As a result, Omaha businesses can utilize these hybrid cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions to transform their businesses in the coming new year.  If you are ready to engage and modernize your operations, Evolving Solutions is here to help you where ever you are on that journey.

 

About the Author – Phil Fisichella, Enterprise Architect. Phil is a crucial part of the Evolving Solutions team in Omaha and can help you along your transformative and exciting technology journey. Learn more about Phil and what he thinks about technology for today and into the future.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure in 2018

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“Enterprises are shifting storage investments from legacy architectures to software-defined systems in an effort to achieve greater agility, easier provisioning and lower administrative costs. Hyperconverged systems – which combine storage, compute and network functionality in a single virtualized solution – are on their radars,” writes Ann Bednarz for Network World. Ms. Bednarz provides a look at what changes she is predicting in hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology in 2018.

Hyperconverged infrastructure has helped many enterprises find ways to reduce the complexity of traditional storage solutions.  Not only does it simplify management, but HCI can also offer enterprises more flexibility to scale and grow.   This has been critical to success for many small and medium sized enterprises, but this is not always the case for large enterprises.   Ms. Bednarz’s article points out that the “single node purchase” required with HCI can often times lead to a mismatch in performance that can impact the overall system for large enterprises.  Another issue that has developed as enterprises grow and add more nodes is increased latency due to data locality.  Luckily, vendors are looking at ways to address both issues.

According to IDC, the largest segment of software-defined storage is hyperconverged infrastructure, and it is expected to have a five-year growth rate of  26%.   Vendors are working on ways to solve the issues mentioned above to make it more attractive to all enterprises.  First, in the future HCI deployments may also offer a disaggregated storage model which larger enterprises would like and benefit from.  Vendors are also looking at using NVMe over fabric to reduce latency.

With the consideration of any new technology, it can be difficult to know where to start and how to best evaluate if adoption will improve your operations. The Evolving Solutions team can help.  We provide assessments of your storage infrastructure that can help you learn more about where you are and what upgrades and changes could be most beneficial to meeting your long term goals. Contact us to get started.