Hyperconverged vs. Converged Infrastructure

Both hyperconverged and converged infrastructure solutions share the same goal of combining compute, network and storage resources into a single integrated architecture with flexibility and simplified management but use different approaches.

Hyperconverged infrastructure uses a software-centric architecture approach with tightly coupled storage, networking, and compute integrated in commodity hardware offered by a single vendor.

Converged Infrastructure uses a best of breed hardware approach to combine compute, storage, networking hardware and visualization software into a single, integrated architecture.

HCI vendors and proponents have promoted HCI solutions as being less expensive, more efficient and easier to manage than "legacy" converged infrastructure solutions (It is of course easy to make any current technology look good compared to legacy 7-year-old technology). However, modern converged infrastructure solutions (CI 3.0) are smarter, simpler, smaller – and more efficient than ever before. They’re virtual machine-aware and hybrid cloud-ready, while retaining the predictability and efficiency advantages of dedicated compute and storage tiers.

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Why Convergence?

Convergence is a hot trend in today’s data center – with Converged Infrastructure (CI) and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) playing a strategic role in how IT departments are architecting for the future. Organizations need infrastructure platforms that not only optimize cost but also provide agility to respond to changing organizational requirements and help them keep up with competitors and customer demands. In addition, convergence enables IT to move to multi-premises, cloud infrastructure for optimized operations and modernized applications that are highly available and that provide secure environments for multi-cloud deployment.

A Turnkey Private Cloud Solution

Pure's Converged Infrastructure (CI) Solution enables customers to modernize their operational model, stay ahead of business demands, and protect and secure their applications and data, regardless of the deployment model - on premises, at the edge, or in the cloud. In addition to software integrations with all the major virtualization platforms, Pure Storage FlashStack integrates leading components from Cisco and Pure Storage to create a modern, turnkey solution for private cloud. FlashStack CI delivers maximum performance and reliability for business-critical applications, DevOps, and modern analytics – right out of the box.

Advantages of FlashStack:  

  • Simple no trade-off architecture eliminates disparate hardware silos
  • Proven, validated inter-operability and for confident application deployment
  • Infrastructure for both traditional and converged operating models so you can consolidate operations at your pace
  • Converged infrastructure for multi-hypervisor, bare metal or container deployments
  • Built for the cloud, including full integration with cloud platforms from Cisco, VMware, OpenStack and others

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