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For many small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), resources can be scarce and, very often, IT takes a back seat. Hyperconverged IT infrastructures are a great way to keep your IT updated without the heavy expenses normally associated with it.
Virtualization and cloud computing can be confusing, especially to business owners who are not familiar with them. But when you understand their differences, you'll be able to best take advantage of these technologies.
Routers, switches, modems, gateways, firewalls, servers, and storage devices - these are just some of the many machines you need to build a network infrastructure that enables effective internal and external communications. Even when pared down to serve fewer users, the costs of building a similar infrastructure were prohibitive for SMBs, at least until hyperconvergence came along.
Cloud computing has become an indispensable component in business IT because it's cost-effective, flexible, and secure. Thanks to hybrid cloud solutions, organizations have access to even more agile computing resources.
Virtualization and cloud computing are sometimes used interchangeably, and it's easy to see why people confuse the two. To set the record straight, virtualization is NOT cloud computing. But these two revolutionary technologies often overlap.
If you thought virtualization was confusing, wait until you hear about hyperconvergence. By consolidating a number of virtualization services into a single piece of hardware, that runs a single piece of software, small- and medium-sized businesses can enjoy the simplicity, cost effectiveness, and security of a cloud infrastructure, in one on-site “box.” If you love everything about cloud computing and virtualization, a hyperconverged infrastructure should be the newest tool in your toolbox.