Hyper-Convergence is a type of infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies from scratch in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor.

A hyper-converged system allows the integrated technologies to be managed as a single system through a common toolset. Hyper-converged systems can be expanded through the addition of nodes to the base unit. Common use cases include virtualized workloads.

Hyper-convergence grew out of the concept of converged infrastructure. Under the converged infrastructure approach, a vendor provides a pre-configured bundle of hardware and software in a single chassis with the goal of minimizing compatibility issues and simplifying management. If required, however, the technologies in a converged infrastructure can be separated and used independently. The technologies in a hyper-converged infrastructure, however, are so integrated that they cannot be broken down into separate components. Hyper-convergence is also called hyper-converged infrastructure.

Benefits of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Systems:

  • Elimination of infrastructure silos and the need for discrete components
  • Data processing with a single-policy engine
  • Creation of a virtualization-ready environment with highly efficient scalability
  • Shift in management paradigm from a hardware approach to an application-focused one, with centralized management, policies and mobility conducted at the virtual machine level
  • Potential Capex and OpenX Cost savings resulting from streamlined acquisition, deployment, management and support costs as well as reduced complexity, interoperability issues and operational expenses

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