Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is an increasingly popular server architecture because it simplifies the data center. The operational efficiency improvements and cost reduction abilities are the main value proposition of HCI. However, with more emphasis on data security than ever before, organizations may wonder about the privacy and backup implications of moving to HCI. HCI allows organizations to pool computing resources using hardware virtualization so that they’re accessible by anyone on the team. This setup makes it easy to allocate the number of resources you need for the job while leaving the rest available for other tasks. It also eliminates the need to purchase full server racks every time you add resources to your pool. Instead, you can acquire computing, storage, and networking resources as needed. How does this server architecture support data privacy and backup efficiency?
Three Ways HCI Dynamically Makes Data More SecureThe architecture of hyperconverged infrastructure automatically makes it more dynamic than traditional tiered server hierarchies because it enables the allocation of resources based on need and not location. It also simplifies hardware setup as it only requires x86 servers to function. This flexibility affects data security in three ways:
- Prioritization. With a traditional backup strategy, your system will likely attempt to back up the entire system without considering which apps are more critical. HCI changes this by automatically allocating resources and running backups, prioritizing the most important workloads and sensitive data.
- Advanced backup strategies. As you scale, backup expenses can get out of hand with traditional server architectures. HCI allows you to use techniques like data deduplication, data compression, intelligent backup, and rapid snapshots without the help of a third party. By using deduplication, you ensure that you’re not wasting resources by backing up unnecessary data and, in turn, speed up the backup and recovery process.
- Faster disaster recovery. Occasionally, businesses may have to deal with power shortages, equipment failures, etc. How your system responds to these situations can be the difference between continued and stalling operations. HCI allows systems to self-heal by rerouting workloads to other nodes while systems are down. Because of redundancies in your backups, it’s unlikely that you’ll lose access to mission-critical data for very long.