Converging Hyperconvergence Systems with Secondary Storage

Hyperconvergence is a storage solution that combines cloud-like economics and scale without compromising the performance, reliability and availability that is expected like any other data storage center architecture.

Though hyperconvergence has been an emerging segment in the technology industry for a few years with start-ups and major businesses alike evolving it, VMware’s EVO:RAIL platform  introduction in August brought it into the spotlight. Instead of depending upon a large mishmash of smaller machines to cover specific roles, like data protection or digital business agility, hyperconvergence becomes a single instrument. It transforms all of the moving parts into a single resource center.

The benefits that hyperconvergence claims is an attractive list covering everything from elasticity to managing low costs to disaster recovery. By streamlining everything into a centralized hub, elasticity makes it easy to scale up or down to meet the business needs. Hyperconvergence focuses on the virtual machine (VM), which are easier to control and retire as well. VMs are used as supporting constructs to run all the different applications required by the enterprise system.

This VM structure creates mobility that allows for quick, innovative business decisions to be made.  In comparison to legacy systems, hyperconvergence supports better data storage efficiency, reduces bandwidth and IOPS requirements, and empowers higher availability. Finally, due to its analogous cloudlike structure, it generates a similar price range, lowering overall costs.

All of the recent discovery and creative ingenuity of hyperconvergence has been aimed at developing the production stage with no real focus on secondary storage. Hyperconvergence currently exists to serve the production environment and it hasn’t progressed to assimilate the large majority worth of enterprise data that resides in secondary storage.

Hyperconverged secondary storage would be constructed on clustered storage nodes, especially utilizing the VM framework, that IT can expand as needed for additional capacity and performance.  A definite necessity for hyperconvergence secondary storage is a distributed file system. Hyperconverged systems need to have the capability to index and present all stored data at all times. This requires an expansive file system that can be added automatically to any scaling that occurs.

By narrowing down all of the applications into a single system, it will develop easier and more inexpensive sources for backing up data because such information can be easily recovered in the hyperconvergence system. Additionally, the data becomes virtualized so developers can easily tweak, change or improve upon data without having to worry about the development environment. Finally, all the centralized data means easier analytics and more impactful adjustments quicker.

Though the field is still young, two companies are already making strides to fill the hyperconvergence secondary storage gap. Cohesity and Rubrik utilize cloud integration in their plans, which is important to uphold the secondary data storage.

Hyperconvergence systems now make up a rapidly rising part of the overall converged infrastructure market, which was estimated by the company Gartner (which refers to it as “integrated systems”) to have exceeded $6 billion in revenue in 2015. With such an expeditiously growing component of the industry, the phrase “hyperconvergence systems” will be blend into the common technology vernacular.

Lindsey Cobb

Lindsey Cobb, a Georgia native and former history major, is a technology researcher who is fascinated by past and future of technology. When she is not engrossed in the prophecy of science fiction stories, Lindsey is likely to be planning her next adventurous trip or petting every dog she meets. Contact Lindsey at [email protected]