On: July 9th, 2021 In: News & Press

Devis Caliò, Infrastructure and Technical Operation Manager at Tierra S.p.A.,
spoke with Marta Abbà, Journalist and SEO Copywriter, about Hyper Convergence applied to Agriculture.

Simplicity, speed and time savings, even in the configuration phase and in the adoption of management skills: these are the most immediate advantages of hyperconvergence.
Thanks to this solution, Tierra is ready to better face the challenges of the market of IoT solutions for AgriFood, which in 2020 recorded a significant growth of 17% (140 million euros), according to The Internet of Things Observatory 2021.
By accepting the proposal of its “historical” supplier Elmec, Tierra has now a cloud available without the need for technical and specific skills.

Our customers need to monitor their vehicles in the field, such as tractors, to find out how many they have available, how they are operating and if they need maintenance. Through IoT devices we design and install on vehicles, we collect data often through the Can Bus and transmit them via cellular connection to a server where software makes them available to customers. By purchasing our service, the farmer accesses a portal where he can monitor all the informationhe wants about his vehicles and possibly use them for analysis and statistics.

Devis Caliò, Infrastructure and Technical Operation Manager at Tierra S.p.A.

The context in which Tierra operates requires agility and efficiency also in the future to respond to the growing needs of an increasingly digitalized agricultural sector. This means having to manage a continuously increasing amount of data and information in a progressively more efficient way. The choice made in 2018 to focus on hyperconvergence proves to be successful because it is an approach that guarantees a complete and easy service, with an intuitive user interface.
Having successfully used traditional storage, Tierra wanted to find an alternative that would guarantee the same effectiveness without a strong management complexity for each infrastructure expansion.

Our software previously ran on hardware machines located in a data center in Turin, the computational part was entrusted to servers while the storage part was entrusted to other dedicated machines, these two components were connected and exchanged data. There were no particular critical issues in this type of infrastructure which is, in some cases, still used, but we welcomed with pleasure the proposal by Elmec Informatica to switch to a hyperconverged infrastructure to acquire greater agility and autonomy and that is precisely what happened when they built a complete virtualized environment for us with no need for technical knowledge or effort to configure it.” –

Devis Caliò, Infrastructure and Technical Operation Manager at Tierra S.p.A.

The concept of hyperconvergence can be summarized with that of data center in a box. All the logical structural components of a modern data center, servers, storage, networks, protocols and virtualization software collapse into a modular appliance governed by a single intelligent software that manages all aspects, including storage redundancy, making each virtual machine able to withstand a system failure and thus ensuring high reliability.

Mattia Ballerio, Business Developer at Elmec Informatica

The greater integration that characterizes hyperconvergence allows you to have everything a server room or data center needs in a single appliance, managed with a single software and with support provided by a single supplier.

Responding to every possible objective of companies, whether it is the development of new applications or their entire business, it is not surprising to know that the hyperconvergence market, according to the estimate of MarketsAndMarkets, will increase by about 33% year on year, starting from 4.1 billion dollars in 2018 to reach 17.1 billion in 2023.

Read Marta Abbà’s full article here



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