Converged or Hyperconverged?

Brad Stropes

My team is constantly focused on learning about the newest technology coming to the marketplace and is always trying to help our customers navigate how the new platforms may impact their datacenters.  One of these new technologies is the new converged and hyperconverged unified platforms.

Converged platforms have been around for quite some time.  Several of our manufacturers such as Nimble, VCE and NetApp have been delivering converged solutions for years.  These are platforms which are designed with storage, compute, and hypervisors all in a single bundle and are often delivered prebuilt for your workloads.

We have a lot of customers that like this approach as it helps eliminate downtime and avoids issues they may experience while architecting their own solutions.  This in turn saves money and is much easier to manage.  I love utilizing the converged platforms for customers looking at a datacenter refresh or a large workload.  However, due to data growth, our customers need an even similar approach for small environments and secondary sites.  Enter the hyperconverged platform.

While our partners are really pushing to utilize hyperconverged platforms for all workloads, I don’t feel these solutions are vetted well enough to replace traditional converged architectures.  However, I feel they are the perfect solution for smaller workloads and secondary remote sites.  They are a single appliance, built with storage, compute, and often utilize your current hypervisor to manage the entire array.  I have seen entire hyperconverged datacenters up and running ready to deliver in 10 minutes.  If you question what the best solution may be for your datacenter, feel free to contact me at brad.stropes@cbts.net.
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