A hyper-converged infrastructure refers to an infrastructure system that is largely software-defined with tightly-integrated compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources. This stands in contrast to a traditional converged infrastructure, where each of these resources is typically handled by a discrete component that serves a singular purpose.
Benefits of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Systems
Hyper-converged infrastructure systems are designed to offer the following benefits:
Elimination of infrastructure silos and the need for discrete components
Data processing with a single-policy engine
Creation of a virtualization-ready environment with highly efficient scalability
Shift in management paradigm from a hardware approach to an application-focused one, with centralized management, policies and mobility conducted at the virtual machine level
Potential CapEx and OpEx Cost savings resulting from streamlined acquisition, deployment, management and support costs as well as reduced complexity, interoperability issues and operational expenses
Vendors of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Systems
Some of the well-known established hyper-converged infrastructure vendors include Nutanix, SimpliVity and Scale Computing. VMware entered the hyper-converged infrastructure market recently as well, with the launch of its EVO:RAIL and EVO:RACK hyperconverged offerings, which respectively serve as an all-in-one virtualization solution and a full-scale software-defined data center (SDDC) in a box.
Hyper-converged systems are typically served in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor. Some companies offer additional technologies in their hyper-converged infrastructure systems beyond compute, storage and networking resources such as data deduplication and compression and WAN optimization.
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