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Hyperconverged Infrastructure

With hyperconverged infrastructure, you’ll decrease data center complexity and increase scalability.

What is hyperconverged infrastructure?

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a software-defined, unified system that combines all the elements of a traditional data center: storage, compute, networking and management. This integrated solution uses software and x86 servers to replace expensive and purpose-built hardware.

Traditional three-tier architecture is expensive to build, complex to operate and difficult to scale. Don’t wait on the IT infrastructure that can support your modern application demands. Adopt HCI without losing control, increasing costs or compromising security.

How does hyperconverged infrastructure work?

Four tightly integrated software components make up a hyperconverged platform:

Storage virtualization
Compute virtualization
Networking virtualization
Advanced management capabilities including automation

The virtualization software abstracts and pools underlying resources, then dynamically allocates them to applications running in VMs or containers. Configuration is based on policies aligned with the applications, eliminating the need for complicated constructs like LUNs and volumes.

What can you do with HCI?

Build a private cloud: Deploy cloud-like infrastructure on-premises with lower costs, more control and improved security. Choose from multiple hardware possibilities from our certified partners.
Extend to public cloud: Choose an as-a-service option from the largest HCI cloud ecosystem for faster speed of deployment and less time spent managing infrastructure.
Achieve true hybrid cloud: Manage a mix of VM- and container-based applications, deployed across a mix of data center, public cloud and edge environments with VMware hybrid cloud.

Advantages of hyperconvergence vs. traditional, three-tier architecture

Increased IT efficiency: Eliminate manual processes and the need for siloed operational expertise on your team. Now, a single, converged IT team can monitor and manage resources and improve storage capabilities. Plus, with HCI, IT resources are presented as pools of storage that can be dynamically allocated to deliver the right amount of capacity, performance and protection.
Better storage, lower cost: Reduce your CAPEX by using a scale-up/scale-out architecture that requires only industry-standard x86 servers, not expensive, purpose-built networking. Then simply add capacity as needed with no disruptions. With HCI, you avoid vendor lock-in and eliminate overprovisioning, meaning greatly reduced infrastructure spending across your data center.
Greater ability to scale: Be more responsive to rapidly changing business needs. Set up hardware in a few hours; spin up workloads in minutes. Accelerate the performance of business-critical applications like relational databases. HCI scales better than traditional infrastructure. It enables a future-proof IT environment that allows you to scale up and scale out to easily meet specific application needs.