What is Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?

HCI is the natural evolution of server virtualization. An integrated software stack, it delivers all key data center functions—compute, storage, storage networking, and unified management—and runs on industry-standard x86 servers, enabling a simple, building block architecture with scale-out capabilities.

How does HCI solve data centre challenges
that traditional or converged infrastructure cannot?

Cuts costs

With a simpler, modular architecture, you’re buying lower-cost, industry standard components only when you need them

Eliminates Overprovisioning

With VM-centric provisioning and management, you use only what you need, where and when you need it

Reduces Complexity and Risk

Deploy one software stack built on the industry’s most proven hypervisor with end-to-end management

Enables IT Agility

Policy-based controls automate provisioning and SLA changes and enable fast, non-disruptive scaling

Why HCI?

HCI makes your job a whole lot more enjoyable by:

  • Removing dependencies, giving you the ability to make changes fast—such as provisioning an app or moving a workload—without waiting for another team or group to fulfill a request
  • Enabling you to work in a more holistic way across the data center by breaking down silos
  • Separating storage provisioning from storage consumption through per-VM storage policy-based management, to allow even greater self-sufficiency
HCI Deployment Options

VMware offers two flexible deployment options:

  1. Certified HCI solutions enable ultimate customization. Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are a ready-to-go hardware solution available from all major x86 server vendors.
  2. An engineered HCI appliance provides a turnkey solution. The VCE VxRail appliance is a fully integrated, preconfigured, tested solution.

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HCI Deployment Options

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10 Key Considerations for Selecting Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

What to Know Before You Choose a Solution

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Tech Brief

Traditional infrastructure needs to evolve. Is your data centre ready for the future?

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Reinvent your hardware refresh cycle with HCI

A process on the cusp of change

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Tech Tips: A step by step guide for your first HCI deployment

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VMware® provides a unique, software-defined approach to HCI, leveraging the hypervisor to deliver compute, storage, and networking in a tightly integrated software stack, called VMware Hyper-Converged Software (VMware HCS).

It consists of three components: the VMware vSphere® hypervisor, VMware Virtual SAN™ storage, and VMware vCenter Server.™ Together, these components provide the simplest, most efficient, and highest-performing hyper-converged software solution on the market.

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