In Part 1 of this series, we reviewed the pros and cons of in-house servers compared to cloud servers. Today, we’ll look at a third option that many organizations are currently opting to use - a hybrid server model. This allows companies to leverage the public cloud using a hybrid approach or staying on-site all together using hyper-converged server options such as Cisco’s HyperFlex series. Let’s take a look at some benefits of using a hybrid server model in your business.

What is the hybrid server model and why is it so popular?

A hybrid server model is basically a combination of both in-house and cloud servers. Utilizing this model allows businesses to take advantage of the security that on-site servers offer with the access flexibility and guaranteed up-time that cloud servers offer. It also gives a business the ability to scale up during short bouts of heavy workloads and then scale back down when workloads have normalized, which saves on recurring IT costs.

What is a hyper-converged infrastructure and what are the benefits?

Hyper-converged is basically a software-defined IT infrastructure that virtualizes all of the elements of conventional hardware systems. Think of it as a data center in a box. There is a smaller on-site footprint since all the components are often housed within a single rack or chassis and also uses less power consumption. The storage within this type of infrastructure works at a faster pace and is much easier for IT teams to manage.

What are the benefits of using Cisco’s hyper-converged server infrastructure?

The Cisco HyperFlex HX Server Series unify compute, storage and network with cloud management, giving IT teams more flexibility and control. Cisco’s HyperFlex servers can power more latency sensitive applications and have higher consistent IOPs. These multi-cloud servers enhance the end user’s accessibility so that they can access what they need anywhere. The independent scalability factor makes it possible for growing companies to scale up or down as needed. Increased reliability is also a great benefit for IT teams, which is due to dynamic data optimization with deduplication and compression. This helps increase server performance and decrease issues.

It’s very important to make the best decision for your company when it comes to setting up servers and networks. Attributes such as accessibility, manageability, performance and security are a few key things to keep in mind when making a decision about servers, and the hyper-converged servers from Cisco give you all of that and more.

If you’d like more information regarding server choices and the best options for your company, call one of our IT experts for a no-obligation chat or use the form to contact us. We’d be more than happy to help you plan out your strategy.