What is Hyper-Convergence?

Hyper convergence combines compute, storage and networking in a single system. Enterprises can choose an integrated HCI appliance from a single vendor, or hardware-agnostic hyper convergence software.How does hyper convergence differ from converged infrastructure?

Hyper convergence adds deeper levels of abstraction and greater levels of automation.

Converged infrastructure involves a pre configured package of software and hardware in a single system for simplified management. But with a converged infrastructure, the compute, storage, and networking components are discrete and can be separated. In a hyper converged environment, the components can’t be separated; the software-defined elements are implemented virtually, with seamless integration into the hypervisor environment. This allows organizations to easily expand capacity by deploying additional modules.

Who uses Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and why?

  • Hyper-Converged infrastructure is used in enterprise data centers, small and medium business, and remote and branch offices to quickly extend a virtual environment, simplify operations and support any new and growing workload requirement. HCI systems provide scale out solutions with predictable results and operational costs.
  • How Hyper-Converged Infrastructure works?
  • Hyper-Converged infrastructure integrates compute and storage elements with virtualization software onto x86 servers. Resources are abstracted from underlying hardware and managed at the VM level.
  • The Components of Hyper converged 
  • Most HCI solutions consist of two fundamental components:
  • A Distributed Data Plane
  • Run across a cluster of nodes delivering storage, virtualization and networking services for guest applications – either VMs or container-based applications.
  • A Management Plane
  • Allow for the easy administration of all HCI resources from a single view, and eliminates the need for separate management solutions for servers, storage networks, storage, and virtualization.
  • Hyper-converged infrastructure benefits:
  • Besides consisting of less physical equipment, hyper convergence provides a number of important benefits to the IT environment and the business as a whole.
  • Software-defined storage: Storage in a hyper converged infrastructure is software-defined. The storage nodes act as one highly-reliable and redundant pool of storage. Should one node go down, the rest will remain unaffected?
  • Agility: In a hyper converged infrastructure, your workloads all fall under the same administrative umbrella. This makes it easier to migrate workloads from one location to another.
  • Scalability: Because of the node-based architecture, it is very easy to scale up your hyper converged data center. Simply add or subtract nodes to match your resource demand.
  • Data protection: Hyper convergence gives an organization the ability to easily restore data.   Read more