Hyperconverged Infrastructure - HCI
What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure - HCI?
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 Data 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 its CI counterpart.
We lists one of the reasons why enterprises choose to incorporate Hyperconverged Infrastructure - HCI instead of Converged Infrastructure - CI as HCI is a good fit for Platform 3.0 applications that need agility and the ability to scale quickly at the lowest cost per unit. 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 HCI?
- HCI is a combination of x86 Servers and Data Storage resources
- HCI enables a flexible, building block approach to a Data Center
- HCI 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
- Research from IDC shows that worldwide revenue from HCI systems sales grew 46.7% year over year during the first quarter of 2019, generating $1.8 billion
- HCI provides Data Security with a Backup and Recovery
- HCI simplifies the Resource Management Process
- According to a study by The Evaluator Group underwritten by HPE, savings with HPE’s HCI product reached 27 to 55% over three years
HCI may be used for the following use cases:
- Business Critical Applications
- End-User Computing
- Disaster Recovery
- Software Application Testing and Software Development
- Demilitarized Zone
- Remote Office and or Branch Office
Hyperconverged Infrastructure - HCI can operate On-Premises, in a Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Multi-Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud, as well as be used to create an Enterprise Cloud
According to Nutanix, HCI solutions has two components:
- A Distributed Data Plane
- Management Plane
Hyperconverged Infrastructure - HCI systems will be the "fastest-growing segment of the overall market for integrated systems," by 2019, according to Gartner.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure - HCI Software
Hyperconverged Infrastructure - HCI solutions help you to manage a Hyperconverged Infrastructure - HCI environment. You can manage the various Hypervisors in your network and allocate resources, manage storage systems and control the virtual machines linked to the hypervisor. Hyperconverged Infrastructure - HCI technology abstracts and pools the underlying resources, then dynamically allocates them to applications running in Virtual Machines - VMs.
Hyperconverged Data Center
What is a Hyperconverged Data Center?
A Hyperconverged Data Center is a Data Center that is built on Hyperconverged Infrastructure - HCI, which is a Software Architecture that consolidates the Compute, Network, and Data Storage commodity hardware. The merging of software and hardware components into a single data center streamlines the processing and management process, with the added perk of lowering an organization’s IT and Management costs.
Hyperconvergence strongly focuses on the benefits that the Data Center brings to the table. By incorporating HCI, the Data Center allows for wide-ranging advantages that raise an organization’s bottom line and enhances its productivity.
Here’s a brief outline of the key benefits associated with Hyperconverged Data Centers:
- Improves the Management of Hybrid Cloud environments
- Optimizes the delivery of Business-Critical Applications without hindering the performance
Operates on a simplified IT Infrastructure
- Adds Elasticity as it features enhanced Scalability and offers more Flexibility
- Improves Application Performance
- Maximizes the Return on Investment - ROI
- It costs less because the Data Center uses an IT Infrastructure that merges the Data Storage, Network, and Computing hardware
- Hyperconverged Data Centers can be managed more simply
- Hyperconverged.org lists several additional advantages in addition to the ones listed above, including Data Protection, Virtual Machine - VM mobility,High Availability, and Data Efficiency
The Current Key Players in the Hyperconverged Data Center Market:
- Nutanix — Offers HCI Infrastructure solutions for enterprises seeking to establish an Hyperconverged Data Center
- Hewlett-Packard Enterprise — Offers SimpliVity, an enterprise-grade Hyperconverged solution
- Pivot3 — Specializes in a line of Hyperconverged data products
- Scale Computing — Produces solutions for enterprises to build one for themselves
- Dell EMC — Recently added a portfolio of HCI solutions, announced at the Dell EMC World 2017 in Las Vegas