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.
Stay up to date on the latest developments in Internet terminology with a free weekly newsletter from Webopedia. Join to subscribe now.
The following facts and statistics capture the changing landscape of cloud computing and how service providers and customers are keeping up with... Read More »Facts about Computer Science: Education and Jobs
The following computer science facts and statistics provide a quick introduction to the changing trends in education and related careers. Read More »Texting & Chat Abbreviations
From A3 to ZZZ this guide lists 1,500 text message and online chat abbreviations to help you translate and understand today's texting lingo. Read More »
Learn about each of the five generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the computing devices that we use... Read More »Computer Architecture Study Guide
Computer architecture provides an introduction to system design basics for most computer science students. Read More »Network Fundamentals Study Guide
Networking fundamentals teaches the building blocks of modern network design. Learn different types of networks, concepts, architecture and... Read More »