The modern datacentre is designed with virtualisation in mind: two or more servers, and shared storage (SAN). This proven standard has changed the landscape of modern business computing for decades, but industry leaders have begun to recognise the shortcomings in separating server from storage: maintenance, patching, warranty, and management are all doubled. Traditional storage arrays have limitations on performance capabilities as the business grows.
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Hyper-Converged Infrastructure takes advantage of several leading technologies to create a new style of solution that removes much of the complexity for the customer. While each vendor has their own take on what Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is, it can generally be defined as a solution where much the complexity is removed by creating pre-designed, pre-configured nodes that contain local storage, networking and compute. While a hyper-converged will generally require 2 or 3 nodes as a minimum, infrastructure can be expanded at any time simply by adding additional nodes, giving you more bandwidth, compute and storage.
Hyper-Converged nodes usually include the latest technologies such as SSDs, flash, 10G or 40G networking, software defined storage and the latest hypervisors.
Hyper-Convergence is not for everyone though, this simplicity comes at the expense of flexibility, particularly in the area of being able scale out storage and compute at significantly different rates. Hyper-convergence is perfectly suited to address the following scenarios:
Compatible with a vast range of modern servers from all major vendors, VMware vSAN manages disk-in-server storage – complete with redundancy, deduplication, compression, and I/O optimisation – right from the ESXi operating system.
Data is replicated or striped across servers (hosts), enabling redundancy for 1, 2 or more host failures, or complete replication. Flash caching delivers the speed of SSD and the capacity of HDD in a hybrid build, or all-flash configurations for applications with rapid performance in mind.
Cisco Hyperflex marks the cutting edge of HCI. With Cisco’s HX Data Platform, Hyperflex servers autonomously establish and maintain a unified storage array, complete with redundancy, deduplication, compression, I/O optimisation, and more. A single, shared storage is presented to all Hyperflex servers, so before your virtual environment comes into the picture, your storage is exactly what you need it to be.