Hyper-Cloud is the Latest Development in Data Centre Evolution that Provides the Best of Both Clouds
Businesses in every industry and market are transforming to become more digital, and this has been driven by the need to automate, innovate, and differentiate. Using the cloud for computing and storage has played a key part in modernising infrastructures, but there appears to be no slowdown in the race to incorporate emerging services and applications.
The rapid increase in machine learning and artificial intelligence, IOT connectivity, business process automation, and blockchain applications has led to enterprise data centres becoming more decoupled and decentralised instead of being massive centralised architectures. Not only do data centres need to keep up with the fast-paced world of technological innovation, they also must keep up with the demands of global businesses by eliminating geographical and regulatory barriers.
Choosing a Hardware Vendor
Choosing a hardware vendor is based on the idea that you are guaranteed only two of the following three things: performance, cost-effectiveness, and reliability. To find the best balance and fit for your infrastructure, you need to be flexible enough to try a range of hardware vendor’s without tearing out your application workflow.
Cloud Control and Compatibility
It is inevitable most enterprises will eventually migrate some of their storage and computing to the cloud. Never forget that a cloud strategy has to manage all of the challenges that come with easily-provisioned resources. Cloud bills can easily become overwhelming if they are left unchecked. This is why you should move on to the next evolution in data centres; being able to strengthen modern applications while simultaneously supporting traditional workloads. Let’s take a look at this next evolution; the Hyper-Cloud
Every data centre deployment has three main components to it: storage, compute, networking. The past decade has seen these components put together in a range of different configurations. The most common ones are hyper- scale and hyper- converged. Both of these are built around a software-centric approach and there are pros and cons to both of them. Just about every relevant vendor will force you to pick between these two configurations.
Hyper- cloud infrastructures come with the flexibility of choosing between being hyper- converged or hyper- scale as needed. It treats storage, networking, and compute resources as different building blocks that can be put together in a range of ways.
The Freedom to Choose Hardware
Many software-defined solutions will force you to choose certain hardware types and buy from a specific vendor. The hyper- cloud infrastructure makes innovating faster and allows you to push ahead of the competition by adopting the latest hardware innovations as soon as they become available. For example, you have the freedom to choose from commodity to high-end flash, tens of hundreds of CPU cores, and between 1Gbps and 40Gbps (or more).
Freedom to Use the Public Cloud
Either you’ve got a cloud presence already are going to have one soon. The two biggest mistakes a company can make when deploying in the cloud, is to be locked in by cloud vendor’s and to underestimate the total cost of adopting the cloud. Hyper- cloud gives you the flexibility of commoditising cloud resources as it seamlessly supports a range of cloud vendor’s and enables data to be moved between the clouds. Not only does this involve infrastructure support, it demands applications be designed in such a way that they are loosely coupled, cloud-agnostic, and built on open standards.
The Benefits of Hyper-Cloud Include:
- Providing a blueprint to build web-scale and niche application-specific infrastructures
- Providing building blocks for a range of different workloads. The design and extension of a hyper-cloud are defined by performance and data characteristics.
- Allows for any new hyper-cloud to be designed, built, and instantiated in a matter of moments if there is a need for complete data segregation.
- Reduces the time it takes to adopt bleeding-edge technologies
With the world entering the newest era of cloud technology and deployment, most of the initial promises of the cloud are going to become a reality; true elasticity and modularity for storage and computing, optimised costs, faster spin-up and adoption of emerging technology, and a close alignment with the requirements of a business.
Cloud technology has become the key driver for digital transformation. Make sure that you regularly assess software-defined capabilities, including archive and backup, containers, and microservices, along with private/hybrid/multi-cloud configurations to stay ahead of the competition. The cloud is constantly evolving, and your infrastructure must evolve with it.