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Explain IT: Season 1, Episode 4 - Hyper Converged Infrastructure

We talk about hyper-converged infrastructure and how it's worked for engineering company Laing O'Rourke

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In this episode, host Michael Bird talks to Softcat's CTO, Sam Routledge, Tim Jeans, Softcat's Datacentre and Cloud Practice Manager and Paul Petty, Laing O'Rourke's Infrastructure Team Leader about what a hyper-converged infrastructure is and how it's worked for Laing O'Rourke. They discuss the importance of forward planning when looking at your infrastructure options, as well as the practicalities of implementing a hyper-converged infrastructure and the benefits that come with it.

  • A hyper-converged infrastructure is software defined, which simplifies processes and enables organisations to become more agile.
  • The three-tier architecture is not dead, it still has its place, but hyper-converged can provide a scalable, flexible infrastructure that sits alongside traditional architectures as well as the cloud.
  • It’s tricky to move everything in your datacentre to a hyper-converged infrastructure at the same time – it’s better to start with new projects – start small as and when you find suitable projects.
  • One size does not fit all. Part of your planning needs to involve looking at the best strategy for your organisation and the workloads that are within it in order to create a suitable, effective, tailor-made solution.
  • It’s important to look at what you want to get out of your hyper-converged infrastructure in the long term to ensure it’s the best fit.
  • A hyper-converged infrastructure ties up different support cycles, ends of life and other associated costs to create a lean, simple and cost-effective model.



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