Hyperconvergence is an IT infrastructure aiming to reduce data center complexity. It does so by combining computing, storage and networking capabilities in a single system. In addition to reducing complexity, it allows to increase scalability, flexibility and IT efficiency. Hyperconvergence helps reduce costs while ensuring the necessary availability, reliability and performance. Hyperconverged systems act as a cloud service, where the infrastructure runs in the hypervisor of a virtual machine.
What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure or HCI?
Hyperconverged infrastructure or HCI is a software-defined system, running on bare-metal servers, that unifies all the elements of a traditional data center: computing, storage, networking and management. By virtualizing all those elements, companies can easily deploy additional modules and expand capacity on-demand. HCI stands out for unifying the management of resources and including advanced management capabilities.
Hyperconverged infrastructure is composed of a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage and software-defined networking. Generally, software-based HCI offers more flexibility, is easier to manage and less expensive to operate. When embarking on a data center modernization project, HCI offers agility without the need of giving up control over hardware. A level of control similar to that offered by the Private Cloud solutions we design at Stackscale; where it is also possible to deploy hyperconverged infrastructure solutions.
Hyperconvergence allows running and managing both traditional and modern applications across data centers and different types of cloud. Moreover, hyperconvergence eliminates the need of having a specialized team. HCI is designed to be managed by cloud administrators. Besides, Stackscale’s specialized technical team also provides support to those companies interested in deploying a HCI solution.
Workloads suitable for HCI
Hyperconverged infrastructure was originally intended for general-purpose workloads and VDI, short for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. However, HCI is currently used for a wide range of workloads, such as:
- Enterprise applications
- Private Cloud
- File and print services
- Commercial software
- Web servers
- Edge computing deployments
The benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure or HCI
Simplicity, automation and flexibility are some of the main features of the hyperconvergence model. Here is a list of the main benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure:
- It offers a lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and enhances the optimization of infrastructure costs. It allows companies to save money on different areas such as data center power and space or hiring specialized IT staff.
- It provides simplicity and flexibility; specially when compared with legacy and traditional IT solutions.
- It reduces the risk of user errors by increasing automation.
- It allows organizations to scale easily, fast and on-demand, without disruptions.
- It allows to indepently scale compute and storage capacity via a disaggregated model.
- It improves IT efficiency and productivity.
Companies can easily deploy hyperconvergence with our fully configurable bare-metal servers, with 24/7 monitoring. Furthermore, deploying HCI solutions at Stackscale offers additional benefits because companies can leverage the deployment of equipment in several data centers at the same time to increase resilience and achieve high availability.
Among the most popular solutions to implement hyperconverged infrastructures that can be deployed at Stackscale, we would like to highlight VMware’s HCI (vSphere, vSAN, NSX and vRealize Cloud Management), Nutanix Enterprise Cloud, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Proxmox, Sangfor HCI and OpenStack. Nevertheless, our specialized technical team provides support to deploy any type of solution. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details.