What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure?

Converged infrastructure sought to collapse compute, storage, and networking into a single SKU and provide a unified management layer. Converged infrastructures containing fabric infrastructure, SANs, and blade servers attempted to solve the challenges of IT complexity and IT sprawl.

Hyperconverged infrastructure seeks to do the same, but adds significant value by integrating software-defined storage and backup functionality. The addition of software focused on data control and management provides simplicity and flexibility. Hyperconvergence is the next step towards the goal of infrastructure that is flexible, agile and simpler to manage.

Why is Hyperconvergence Critical to your IT Organization?

To understand why hyperconvergence has been adopted so quickly and is such a game changer in the IT marketplace it’s necessary to understand other trends within the industry.

The pressure on IT departments to be able to provision resources quicker is higher now than it has ever been. New applications are best-suited for scale-out systems built using commodity components; software-defined storage promises great efficiency gains; data volume growth is unpredictable and increasing.

More and more enterprises are looking at the creation of software products and new services as a way to grow revenue and therefore want to adopt agile software development methodologies, which require a high degree of flexibility from IT. In other words, they want to create software and deploy it much more frequently than they used to, so IT has to be ready to get new applications up and running quickly.