To understand what is hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), also known as hyperconvergence, is to recognize that it’s similar to a converged infrastructure (CI) in that both infrastructures combine the compute, network, and storage functions. The main differentiations are that HCI is software-defined and uses smaller, more flexible building blocks for increased customization. It’s a more agile, maneuverable infrastructure, and it’s less expensive than it’s CI counterpart.
Dell EMC lists one of the reasons why enterprises choose to incorporate HCI instead of CI as “HCI is a good fit for Platform 3.0 applications that need agility and the ability to scale easily.” It’s also a solution for building an enterprise cloud that harnesses the agility of the public cloud with the added perks of an onsite security and control.
What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure?
- It’s a combination of x86 servers and storage resources.
- HCI enables a flexible, building block approach to a data center.
- It gives a higher level of scalability that’s easy to adjust as computing needs vary.
- VMware noted that “all key data center functions run as software on the hypervisor in a tightly integrated software layer.”
- IDC’s research projects HCI’s revenue will be close to $7.15 billion in 2021.
- It provides data security with a backup and recovery.
- HCI simplifies the resource management process.
- According to HPE’s site HCI reduces “cost[s] by 27 to 55 percent compared to the public cloud.”
- HCI may be used for the following use cases: business critical apps; end-user computing; disaster recovery; testing/development; demilitarized zone; management; staging; and remote office/branch office.
- Can operate on-premises or in the public cloud, as well as be used to create an enterprise cloud.
- According to Nutanix, HCI solutions has two components: a distributed data plane and a management plane.
- HCI systems “will be the fastest-growing segment of the overall market for integrated systems by 2019,” according to Gartner.
- Beware of the HCI myths. Gartner identified seven myths associated with HCI.