Hyper-convergence (or hyperconvergence) is a type of 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.
Hyper-convergence is also called hyper-converged infrastructure.
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 System Vendors
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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