Hyperconverged infrastructure converges the entire data center stack, including compute, storage, networking, and virtualisation. This combination of commodity hardware with locally attached storage allows for a smooth transition to the modern data center. The distributed software layer eliminates common pain points associated with legacy infrastructure, making HCI a powerful option for businesses transitioning to the modern data center.
HCI solutions also include a management interface that makes administering HCI resources easy from a single interface. This eliminates the need for separate management solutions for servers, storage, storage networks, and virtualisation.
Four tightly integrated software components make up a hyperconverged platform:
- Storage virtualization
- Compute virtualization
- Networking virtualization
- Advanced management capabilities including automation
The virtualization software abstracts and pools underlying resources, then dynamically allocates them to applications running in VMs or containers. Configuration is based on policies aligned with the applications, eliminating the need for complicated constructs like LUNs and volumes.