Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is gaining traction as the ‘new way’ to do things in financial IT.
What is HCI? HCI describes an IT system where most components are provided to you as a virtual service. This means Storage, Networking and Host Servers. You no longer need to have a team of storage, networking and hardware specialists. If you want more storage you can have it, no need to design complex storage networks, add hardware or make upgrades.
So why is this beneficial to the financial services industry? Almost on a daily basis the industry faces new technological challenges; from regular cyber-attacks to needing to maintain a competitive edge.
HCI allows a large business to act more like an agile start-up while at the same time allowing financial start-ups the infrastructure to act like one of the big boys. Here’s why:
- Time-to-value. When it doesn’t take you weeks to plan and design a complex storage network you massively reduce roll-out times of new products.
- Pay for what you use. In a hardware world, you buy for 3 or more years into the future, you will always have wasted spare capacity. Now you only upgrade storage, servers and networking as you need them. In almost all cases this works out significantly cheaper.
- Business continuity baked in. HCI setups have failover as a default option, when you are buying storage it’s part of a much bigger well designed storage network, you don’t need to worry about configuring anything, it’s already done for you.
Keep pace with changing demands, comply with tougher regulations, and mitigate new risks. If you are interested in learning more about Hyperconverged infrastructure, get in touch with us today!