Converged & Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Let Champion guide you to the next generation Data Center leveraging a Converged or Hyper-Converged infrastructure strategy

We understand that building a Converged or Hyper-Converged Infrastructure in a corporate environment means more than just replacing a few devices. It requires an entirely different way of looking at your companies network, storage, and server infrastructure; and the types of IT staff needed to support it.

Done properly, Converged and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure can tear down traditional data center silos, lower your overall maintenance costs, and improve response times to the business units you support.

Champion has guided many companies to the next generation data center by leveraging Converged & Hyper-Converged technologies.

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Introduction to Converged & Hyper-Converged

Converged and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure can tear down traditional data center silos, lower your overall maintenance costs, and improve response times to the business units you support. Champion has guided many companies to the next generation data center by leveraging Converged & Hyper-Converged technologies.

How Convergence and VDI Help IT Grow Quickly and Affordably

Cisco HyperFlex VDI for Citrix solves the toughest workforce mobility problems. Together, the two simplify operations, reduce upfront costs with a pay-as-you-grow model, and provide linear VDI performance that scales quickly and easily. Managers report being able to better serve their users and business units more affordably and in less time than ever before. Users, too, benefit from secure, flexible, and powerful desktop and application virtualization solutions while gaining the full potential of system resources through the intelligent utilization of network, compute, and storage. Many users report that their applications actually work faster and with less wait time over combined HyperFlex and XenDesktop/XenApp installations because they get access to the power of entire data centers rather than just individual machines.

5 Things You Should Know About Computing Outside Your Data Center

With the dramatic increase in data generated by mobile devices and connected machines, centralized data centers and public clouds are too far removed from where the action takes place. To get the real-time insights you need, here are the five things you should know about computing outside your data center.

451 Research: Considerations for the Next Phase of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Hyperconvergence has been receiving a tremendous amount of attention because it represents the next step in the evolution of IT resource delivery. This technology takes the idea of integrating compute, storage and networking that started with converged systems design and has improved on those architectures by adding deeper levels of abstraction and automation. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendors promise simplified operation and the ability to quickly and easily expand capacity by deploying and launching additional modules; simplicity has been the key selling point for the HCI pioneers. As HCI ventures even deeper into the enterprise and cloud environments, the architectures will need to become more efficient, agile and adaptable to help IT professionals shoulder the burden of rapidly growing data sets and workloads. This report discusses the benefits of HCI and the enhancements that must be made to expand HCI deeper into the mainstream enterprise datacenter.

Next-Gen Data Platform for Hyperconvergence

The Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform revolutionizes data storage for hyperconverged infrastructure deployments. The platform’s architecture and software-defined storage approach gives you a purpose-built, high-performance distributed file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services. The data platform’s innovations redefine distributed storage technology, providing you with the next generation of hyperconverged infrastructure.

Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems

The integrated system market is in continuous flux. Traditional blade- and SAN-based integrated systems are now being joined by hyperconverged integrated systems, while disaggregated systems and software-defined anything are set to transform the market further.

451 Report: Customers Give High Marks to Cisco

451 Research conducted a Servers and Virtualization Wave 14 Study. As a part of the Customer Assessment portion of the study, respondents chose vendors and ranked them in 14 categories, for customer promise and fulfillment.

5 Ways Integrated Infrastructure is at the Center of Fast IT

As new technologies emerge—cloud, mobility, big data, etc.—so do business opportunities. But your IT infrastructure isn’t always so agile and adept. For your organization to stay relevant, IT must deliver value faster and deliver free resources to invest in innovation

Why Champion for Converged and Hyper Converged Infrastructure

At Champion, we understand that the IT infrastructure market is undergoingunprecedented transformation and one of the most significant trends reflected in thistransformation is convergence, which leads to hyper-convergence. Building aConverged or Hyper-Converged Infrastructure in a corporate environment meansmore than just replacing a few devices. It requires an entirely different way of lookingat your companies network, storage, and server infrastructure; and the types of ITstaff needed to support it.

Cisco UCS Innovations

Cisco UCS Innovations

Introducing Cisco HyperFlex Systems – Choose Wisely

Experience HyperFlex at Based on Cisco UCS technology, Cisco HyperFlex™ Systems represent the next generation in hyperconverged infrastructure with a leap in technology that delivers the industry’s first complete end-to-end hyperconverged solution.

Solution Brief: Top Five UCS Integrated Infrastructure

If you need to deploy and scale applications faster to increase revenue, Cisco’s integrated infrastructure solutions can help you achieve your goals—and reduce risk.

Case Study: Children’s Hospital Colorado

Blue Pearl Modernizes Data Center With Cisco Hyperflex

BluePearl’s business is growing fast, doubling in just 2 years. The company now maintains 57 locations in 18 states and must provide excellent performance and healthcare-grade systems availability to all animal care facilities. “We faced a choice,” says Derek DePasture, senior network engineer at BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “We either needed to hire more IT staff or make our environment easier to manage.” The company tried using a shared infrastructure platform from another vendor, but found it difficult to scale. “The solution worked fine for our current hub-and-spoke architecture, but couldn’t support our longterm goal of moving to a centralized data center,” says DePasture. “There was no modular scalability, and each platform was a management silo.”

At-a-Glance with Cisco Hyperflex Systems

Cisco HyperFlex™ Systems combine computing, storage, and networking into a simplified, easy-to-use platform. We bring pay-asyou-grow economics of the cloud to on-premises infrastructure so you can gain new levels of agility, efficiency, and adaptability

Cisco Hyperflex Systems

VMware offers the vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS or dvSwitch) feature for centralized management of virtual switches in VMware ESX clusters. Since the introduction of vDS in ESX 4.0, this feature has gained widespread adoption in many virtualized landscapes. With the initial launch of Cisco HyperFlex™ Systems, the networking configuration of our hyperconverged product is installed and configured automatically using standard ESX virtual switches (vSS or vSwitch). To better align with the common practice of using vDS when customers are licensed to do so, Cisco allows the conversion of networks that do not support Cisco HyperFlex infrastructure, such as virtual machine guest networks and VMware vMotion networks, to use distributed virtual switches instead of standard virtual switches.

Converged & Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Services:

  • We compare Hyper-Converged vs. Converged Infrastructure costs
  • Based on your environment and application needs, we determine what infrastructure is best for you
  • We ensure centralized systems and management
  • We enhance your IT agility
  • We ensure your systems are scalable and efficient
  • We ensure you are properly using shared resources

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