One of the newest terms to be added to the Cloud computing dictionary is hyperconvergence. The concept was conceived from concepts surrounding converged infrastructure. Converged infrastructure includes storage, computing power and networking in a box. Storage and management of computing power are handled independent of the virtual environment. Hyper convergence includes hypervisors for virtual environments and the storage and management of computing power is integrated into the application as a plug in.
Hyperconvergence is gaining popularity by virtue of the singularity of the interface. Hailed as the next tidal wave in IT, the “U based” approach (as distinguished from the traditional rack based approach), stipulates that all hardware resources are enclosed in a single device. The converged infrastructure is distinguished by Standardization, Automation, Unified monitoring and administration; Integration and Turnkey Solutions and virtualization is the key driver.
Hyperconvergence, often, starts with storage. Since this is the foundation of backup and is the most difficult resource to scale up and manage, storage receives focus. It is an experiential reality that storage devices begin to cluster with every scale up, building up an unlimited set of homogenous storage +compute +network appliances. This creates a need to configure and integrate the components of the cluster or virtualized storage across the cluster and manage the different components while imposing restrictions, creating resource pools or facilitating the organization in handling workloads or maintaining security.
The hyperconvergence solution permits centralized management of virtual and non-virtual environments using a single window interface. The solution simplifies scale up, scale down, failure, and redefines the utilization patterns of the Cloud data center.
Cloud vendors, who have chosen to tread the path of virtualization, are heading towards inevitable hyperconvergence. They agree that their data centers have suddenly been galvanized, transformed by hyperconvergence and there is an increasing ability to integrate the component parts into a homogenous whole. They acknowledge that each level of integration results in a clear increase in speed, greater agility and visible ability to handle larger workloads in smaller floor spaces. As a result, integration is accepted as the mantra and homogeneity is determined as the way forward. Inevitably, computing, storage and networking are brought together to form a unified whole. The final solution is highly automated, performance oriented and well integrated model of scale computing that holds immense promise for the future of Cloud computing.