Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) was a top trend in 2017, because, as we noted in previous articles, more public sector agencies are moving towards digital transformation and including hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and next generation data center (NGDC) solutions to meet those needs. HCI promises simplicity and flexibility, and can help public sector organizations solve key challenges when it comes to delivering on the mission and getting essential services to citizens.
As noted by Dan Giannascoli in a review of NetApp’s HCI solution on IronBow’s Tech Source, HCI takes the “three core functions of a data center – compute, storage, and networking and server – and virtualizes them, creating a software-defined IT environment.” This is important because, by delivering simplicity and flexibility through a virtualized environment, HCI enables public sector organizations to overcome resource scarcity by facilitating the alignment of infrastructure and workload and reducing unnecessary expenses in many areas from over-provisioning to the reduction of power consumption and cooling costs, as we noted in a previous post.
HCI takes the burden of administering a complex IT environment off of data center staff and frees them up for more innovation and data-driven transformation. Maybe that is why, when GovLoop surveyed 165 public servants regarding their current and future IT infrastructure needs, they found that got a clear answer: Government needs better technology, and HCI is the solution.
See the results of the survey below: