The Fiji Times
INFORMATION technology solution providers are known to assist their clients and potential customers with the best and most efficient technology that they can afford.
Earlier this week Lenovo and Virtualflex held a think summit bootcamp to provide their customers and partners with a technology update.
Virtualflex chief technology officer Navin Lal said the summit provided an opportunity for their clients and business partners to get further information on hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) and learn how their business could benefit from it.
Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is a software-defined IT infrastructure that virtualises all of the elements of conventional “hardware-defined” systems.
According to Wikipedia HCI includes, at a minimum, virtualised computing (a hypervisor), a virtual SAN (VSAN) (softwaredefined storage) and virtualised networking (software-defined networking).
HCI typically runs on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers.
According to Mr Lal businesses and companies have been investing a lot of time and money to build data centres to provide storage and power to run databases, servers and so forth.
He said HCI would help reduce the cost for businesses and also reduce the number of people who were otherwise engaged to maintain or fix the system.
According to Mr Lal with the HCI infrastructure a company will not need to have multiple people working on the system, and instead can be deployed to other projects which will enhance the IT system for the company.
He said there were some very prominent companies using the infrastructure and with the benefits — increased power cooling, management of the system and ease of using the system, they expected more companies to come on board.
Meanwhile Mr Lal said when compared with the rest of the
South Pacific, Fiji had the most number of HCI customers with the most HCI deployment per capita.
The summit was held at the Grand Pacific Hotel where participants and IT professionals had the opportunity to have handson lab sessions and a showcase of successful case studies that featured the implementation of software-defined infrastructure.