What is Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?

|||What is Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?

What is Hyper-Converged Infrastructure? TechTarget defines it in this article as a type of infrastructure with a software-centric architecture that integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources. These usually are built from scratch and placed in a commodity hardware box that is a supported by a single vendor.

Hyper-Converged came out of the latest iteration of converged infrastructure. Essentially, the technology is the same, but where the individual components of converged can be broken down and used elsewhere, hyper-converged cannot. While this may seem like a negative, it’s actually an asset as the tighter integration of the hyper-converged system allows you to change how the infrastructure is defined from the software level and enabling more specialized workloads

Difference between Hyper-Converged, Converged and Web-Scale Infrastructure

Let’s take a deeper look at the differences between hyper-converged, converged and web-scale infrastructure below:

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Converged Infrastructure

Web-Scale

High Performance servers with local and distributed storageHigh density servers supported by central storageHigh density servers with local storage for performance

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Converged Infrastructure

Web-Scale

Hybrid SSD/HDDNo SSDsIntel high speed SSDs

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Converged Infrastructure

Web-Scale

Automated daily snapshotsAutomated daily snapshotsOptional Windows Server Backup or dinBackup service

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Converged Infrastructure

Web-Scale

Unencrypted drives. Encryption possible at Filesystem or application levelUnencrypted drives. Encryption possible at Filesystem or application levelEncrypted drives (in transit and at rest)

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Converged Infrastructure

Web-Scale

Redundant at node level with multiple copiesRedundant NetApp Filers for storageRedundancy at RAID level along with standby local spares

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Converged Infrastructure

Web-Scale

High IOPSModerate to High IOPSVery High IOPS

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Converged Infrastructure

Web-Scale

Minimum latency due to data localizationLow latency access to storageLower/minimum latency access to storage
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