Choosing to convert to hyperconvergence is a big decision and it is important to carefully consider the implications. For a small or midsize datacenter, these considerations are even more critical. Here are 4 important things that you lose when switching to Scale Computing HC3 hyperconvergence.
1. Management Consoles
When you implement an HC3 cluster, you no longer have multiple consoles to manage separate server, storage, and virtualization solutions. You are reduced to a single console from which to manage the infrastructure and perform all virtualization tasks, and only one view to see all cluster nodes, VMs, and storage and compute resources. Only one console! Can you even imagine not having to manage storage subsystems in a separate console to make the whole thing work? (Note: You may also begin losing vendor specific knowledge of storage subsystems as all storage is managed as a single storage pool alongside the hypervisor.)
2. Nights and Weekends in the Datacenter
Those many nights and weekends you’ve become accustomed to working, spent performing firmware, software, or even hardware updates to your infrastructure, will be lost. You don’t have to take workloads offline with HC3 to perform infrastructure updates so you will just do these during regular hours. No more endless cups of coffee along with the whir of cooling fans to keep you awake on those late nights in the server rooms. Your relationship with the nightly cleaning staff at the office will undoubtedly suffer unless you can find application layer projects to replace the nights and weekends you used to spend on infrastructure.
3. Hypervisor Licensing
You’ll no doubt feel this loss even during the evaluation and purchasing of a new HC3 cluster. There just isn’t any hypervisor licensing to be found because the entire hypervisor stack is included without any 3rd party licensing required. There are no license keys, nor licensing details, nor licensing prices or options. The hypervisor is just there. Some of the other hyperconvergence vendors provide hypervisor licensing but it just won’t be found at Scale Computing.
4. Support Engineers
You’ve spent many hours developing close relationships with a circle of support engineers from your various server, storage, and hypervisor vendors over months and years but those relationships simply can’t continue. No, you will only be contacting Scale Computing for all of your server, storage, virtualization, and even DR needs. You’ll no doubt miss the many calls and hours of finger pointing spent with your former vendor support engineers to troubleshoot even the simplest issues.
Change invariably leads to loss. We all deal with loss of datacenter complexity in our own way, but be assured that ScaleCare support engineers are on call to help you deal with your transition to a new HC3 cluster 24/7/365. My thoughts are with you.