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?
With a simpler, modular architecture, you’re buying lower-cost, industry standard components only when you need them
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
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
VMware offers two flexible deployment options:
- Certified HCI solutions enable ultimate customization. Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are a ready-to-go hardware solution available from all major x86 server vendors.
- An engineered HCI appliance provides a turnkey solution. The VCE VxRail appliance is a fully integrated, preconfigured, tested solution.