What are the differences between hardware and software hyperconvergence?

Hyperconvergence has been a hot topic in IT over the past year. For example, Industry leaders such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise invested heavily into hyperconvergence technology through the purchase of Nimble for over $1 billion in March and SimpliVity for $650 million in February. This means that hyperconvergence is likely to play a major role in 2018 and the years to follow, but for now, let’s back up a little bit and focus on developing our knowledge of the technology that makes it all possible, and the differences between software and hardware in hyperconvergence.

 

The benefits of a hyperconverged infrastructure

By combining IT storage, computing and networking into a single converged item, you are enabling your team to reduce system usage, whilst still achieving the same results. This allows you to compact your operational IT into a smaller footprint, improve scalability and availability of resources and IT assets, and reduce operational costs. For IT managers who are seeking to improve their data centre optimisation, hyperconvergence provides the ideal solution to modernising infrastructure, while maintaining complete control.

A hyperconverged infrastructure solution also offers significantly improved agility, as all your workloads are manageable from the same administrative position. On top of this, your data is more easily accessible, scalable, and more protected, as a converged solution allows a simple environment for expansion and backup, reducing the loss or downtime in the event of a disaster.

 

Hardware vs Software

A hyperconverged infrastructure will always have a software component at it’s core, but where some hyperconverged solutions rely entirely on software convergence, hardware based solutions use select hardware options such as the OmniStack Accelerator to increase performance and reliability. For this specific example, the accelerator card empowers the system to offload data efficiently to improve the CPU optimisation, generating higher performance with minimal usage of resources.

This means that, typically, hardware solutions offer increased stability and performance, operating at higher node capacities compared to entirely software solutions. The only major downside of this, is that if special hardware is used, it can limit your choice of compatible equipment, as custom hardware often relies upon specific equipment to operate effectively or at all.

 

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