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Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is a software-defined IT infrastructure that virtualizes all the elements of traditional hardware-defined systems.
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Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is a software-defined IT infrastructure that virtualizes all the elements of traditional hardware-defined systems. HCI includes a virtualized computing layer, a virtualized Storage Area Network layer and virtualized networking layer.

While converged infrastructure consists of disparate components that are grouped together, pretested, and prevalidated, Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) combines compute, virtualization, storage, and networking in a single cluster.

Starting with as few as two nodes, users can easily scale out to match computing and storage resource needs. Hyperconvergence brings cloud-like simplicity on-premises and within a single, easily managed platform.

In addition, in an HCI solution, all of the storage is integrated into the server. Converged infrastructure systems use storage arrays, and the server has no local storage.

What challenges will hyperconvergence solve?

Digital transformation is key to business success, and with it the need to support big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and the hybrid cloud while also meeting the fast-growing demands of traditional workloads. Current IT infrastructure weighs datacenters down with sluggish arrays of hard-to-manage components, preventing them from keeping up with the quick-turnaround demands of business. They are unable to operate with the agility offered by public clouds.​

By centralizing resources and management, HCI lowers costs, reduces complexity, and alleviates staff burdens while raising performance. HCI can operate like an in-house cloud fully operated and run by the client.

Converged versus hyperconverged: What’s the difference?

Converged and hyperconverged systems both aim to simplify datacenter management. Converged infrastructure has the same components, but they are discrete, separate, and cumbersome to manage as compared to HCI. Hyperconverged Infrastructure fully integrates all components and is software defined.

What is the hyperconvergence advantage?

HCI delivers deeper abstraction and higher automation and scalability than converged infrastructure. HCI simplifies administration by providing a single point of management. HCI fully integrates with the client’s existing datacenter, eliminating the need for separate servers and network storage. It delivers on-demand infrastructure for data-centric workloads.

How can I benefit from Hyperconverged Infrastructure?

You can view, control and automate infrastructure throughout its lifecycle—wherever it is from a single place.

Benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Converged infrastructure typically includes the following elements:

Lower Costs

Integrating components into one platform reduces storage footprint, power use, maintenance costs, and TCO. Hyperconverged systems eliminate the need to overprovision to accommodate growth and help enable datacenters to scale in small, easy steps.

Simplicity and agility

Hyperconverged systems can deploy in a fraction of the time of traditional IT infrastructure. And there is no need for IT specialists to manage each resource area. Plus, automation makes management simple, giving staff and administrators more time to focus on strategic initiatives.


Hyperconvergence helps organizations deploy any workload and enjoy high levels of performance. Many organizations use hyperconverged solutions for the most intensive workloads, including enterprise apps and SQL Server.

Flexible Scaling

Hyperconverged Infrastructure scales easily. Additional resources can be added by simply connecting a new node to the cluster. Plus, with some hyperconverged systems compute and storage can be scaled separately. New resources are automatically identified and integrated into the cluster.

Multicloud Support

Hyperconvergence dramatically simplifies hybrid cloud environments and reduces the time and cost of transitioning to a hybrid cloud. It also makes it easy to move data and applications back and forth between on-premises servers and the public cloud.

Security and data protection

On-premises IT infrastructure is more secure than other alternatives. Security is pre-built into hyperconverged systems, with features including self-encrypting drives and tools that provide high levels of visibility. Backup and disaster recovery are also built in.