Reducing costs of space, resources and cooling, hyper- converged architectures could be the drivers of much higher efficiencies in enterprise of tomorrow, say Rajesh Ramani, Regional Director, CSPD, Dell EMC, India
|Customers need the flexibility of putting the workload in their own environment on their private ground or on public ground. Eventually is that HCI technology today is intelligent enough to talk to the public cloud environment and once that happens then the customers will have a single interface to decide if they want to put their workload on the public cloud.|
What trends do you see in Hyper-convergence adoption in the Indian market?
Earlier hyper convergence was being used in smaller test and development environments for larger customers. Over the past 4 years since they started using it and the confidence that it built up, we have seeing adoption of hyper convergence solutions in most of the production environments, that is large critical environments or critical applications of the customers. That means today there is no specific workloads running on hyper convergence system. Across the board most of the usecases are running small, medium and even on larger medium hyper convergence solutions. We have seen the trends changing.
- What is your opinion on how hyper convergence contribute to innovation in IT infra?
Deploying hyper convergence solutions basically means it is the first stage of automation of the complete data centre. This also means that in future, this environment will be self-servicing,so it will not require any IT personal to manage it. Users can directly talk to this environment, which will run on a hyper converged platform,to get their request serviced. At the end of the day it is an automated platform and this eliminates all the complexities which are the requirement of data centre services -like power and space. Cooling also comes down drastically, which ultimately benefits the customers in terms of the overall cost of owning this kind of an infrastructure. So in my opinion, with the total cost of ownership and the support provided, sustaining this kind of an environment becomes a lot easier. So in that particular way it is contributing in a very big way to the innovation piece from an IT point of view.
- Would you say that this new trend will encourage the next gen storage technologies?
Yes absolutely, and it has already started. Customers who had deployed hyper convergence solutions are using its core engine, which is a software defined storage. So the next gen storage is not going to be a physical system, it is going to be software defined system. Capabilities which were there in a physical system are now there in a virtual system which is embedded into hyper convergence solution. This is benefiting the customers in terms of cost, availabilityand performance. So obviously this trend will encourage the next gen storage technologies to be based on hyper. The trend has already started.
- How does hyper convergence help in better resource utilisation?
From a datacentre prospective today, the bigger concerns are around power, space, cooling because these are the resources which are short in supply and most of the customer are grappling with this issue. While the workloads are growing, their IT infrastructure needs to keep pace. In that sense datacentre needs to be bigger. With new technologies coming in with incorporated hyper convergence solutions, we are able to compress the IT infrastructures, so there is 5-7 times lesser utilisation of power, space & cooling which directly benefits the customer operational cost.
- Hyper convergence is said to lead improved performance, scalability, and reduction in hardware footprint in datacentres. What Dell EMC’s contribution to these efficiencies in your product?
At Dell, we engineered solutions which are workload specific and that is the reason why we have different models which are useful for different kinds of workloads.
So if a customer today is new to HPC journey, we have an entry level system which is more suited for his environment, which gives him a taste of what HCI is and then he can start utilising those resources. These systems are calibrated in such a way that they can scale the performance required or used by the customer. For a customer who has an experience with HCI and wants to grow in that environment, we offer a dedicated system of Hyper convergence, which starts as low as 4 nodes and goes all the way up to 1000 nodes in a single stack, and delivers the performance as well as stability which is required for that kind of organisation. These are the organisations like service providers where they are catering to different types of customers and they need multi-tenancy in their environment. With this innovation they can start out small and grow as large as possible on the hyper- convergence platform.
- This may be long shot, but do you see a shadow of better automation tech through hyper convergence?
HCI is a platform which is the base of next generation cloud that customer will go to. Once we start using HCI we start on the automation journey, and once the environment is completely on HCI platform we can do away with all the high end technical resources we have been having today because the infrastructure will be self- sustaining. At the end of it, the users will directly talk to the infrastructure and get their request serviced. This environment will also talk to the public cloud providers; providers like Amazon, Azure, will become very popular. Customers need the flexibility of putting the workload in their own environment on their private ground or on public ground. Eventually is that HCI technology today is intelligent enough to talk to the public cloud environment and once that happens then the customers will have a single interface to decide if they want to put their workload on the public cloud. Whenever they want to move between these two clouds they can do so seamlessly in a single environment that is called hybrid cloud solution. It is the eventual goal of the customer. I think across the line and across even the endpoints where in we are talking about customers wanting to replace or secure their endpoints, which is laptops, tablets, etc. by using virtual desktops- that is also becoming a part of HCI solutions. Where they merge all the systems and bundle all the workloads on endpoints in HCI, I think there is a very bright future when it comes to automation on the HCI platform going ahead.
- What could be the advantages or imperatives for companies to adopt hyper convergence in order to meet their digital transformation better?
The market is growing more than 70% year on year, and if the customers have not considered HCI till now, then they should now start doing so. In case they feel the environments are not today ready, we can help with testing the systems to check how their environment functions on this system. They can also put their workload on our CoE where they can experience it on their own and once they feel this is right they can start their digital journey.