The IT staff of small- to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) deal with many of the same pressures hitting the IT divisions of large enterprises: budget limitations, unrealistic expectations from line-of-business managers, and increasing pressure to accommodate a remote workforce.
There’s a solution that SMBs can utilize called hyperconvergence, where disparate platforms are combined into a single platform. While hyperconvergence can alleviate some of the overworking of IT personnel at SMBs, it is often overlooked because of the persistence of a few misconceptions:
SMBs can’t afford hyperconvergence. The cost of infrastructure alone can make SMBs feel like they can’t keep up with bigger companies and remain competitive. With hyperconvergence, it may be necessary to utilize third-party virtualization software, and there are some options for seamlessly integrating the hypervisor. This strategy significantly reduces costs, eliminating the need to purchase virtualization software or licenses from a vendor.
A small IT staff slows down SMBs: Just like bigger organizations, SMBs are dealing with the growing flow of data from mobile devices, the IoT, and other data sources. Hyperconvergence allows IT personnel to spend less time on infrastructure maintenance and data management and frees them up to strategize for the future of the business and the IT support it will need. One of the main benefits of a hyperconverged infrastructure is the simplification of the data center, which makes it easier for a small IT staff to manage.
SMBs will be held back by hyperconvergence as they grow. Many SMBs assume that because a hyperconverged infrastructure is built for a small business, it will impede their progress as they grow. Instead, hyperconvergence saves the company time and money, allowing IT staff to concentrate on running the business, rather than infrastructure maintenance. Further, hyperconvergence is constructed with the adding on of modules for easy scalability in mind.
It’s common for the IT personnel of SMBs to be overworked and constantly putting out fires, rather than focusing on strategy and objectives for handling growth. Hyperconvergence offers a way to make the most of a small team and offer them opportunities for planning for the future of the company.
Copper State Communications is the only technology services provider to offer a full suite of solutions to Arizona’s SMBs and enterprises, including phone systems, cabling, voice, data, cloud, and managed services. Contact us to talk more in-depth about the benefits of hyperconvergence for SMBs.