Hyper-convergence: Complete guide to the market

Learn how hyper-convergence evolved from earlier converged architectures and what vendors currently offer in these products.

Hyper-convergence was born out of the converged infrastructure concept of products that include storage, compute and networking in one box. Systems that fall under the hyper-convergence category also have the hypervisor built in and are used specifically in virtual environments. Storage and compute are typically managed separately in a virtual environment, but hyper-convergence provides simplification by allowing everything to be managed through one plug-in. This has influenced the growing popularity of these systems over the last year. In this guide, you will learn the driving forces behind hyper-convergence and get an in-depth look at the vendors operating in this space.

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The evolution of convergence

The "infrastructure in a box" concept of hyper-convergence makes it particularly attractive to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), according to Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst at Hopkinton, Mass.-based Taneja Group Inc. This is because all elements of the virtual environment can be managed from one place (making it easier on small IT shops), and more nodes can be purchased and added as needed. In this article from Storage magazine, Taneja explains what is driving the adoption of hyper-convergence and provides an overview of vendors selling these products.

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Scale Computing offers converged architecture with HC3

Scale Computing launched its HC3 hyper-converged product at VMworld 2012. Unlike other hyper-convergence vendors, Scale Computing's product uses Red Hat's KVM hypervisor instead of VMware vSphere. HC3 is offered in clusters of as few as three nodes to which users can add additional nodes as needed. This article on Scale Computing provides a more in-depth look at the company's HC3 offering.

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Nutanix launches converged, scale-out storage option

Nutanix, the first hyper-converged vendor, released the latest version of its product in December 2012. Nutanix updated its Complete Cluster to enable scale-out storage and included features such as compression, replication and support for the KVM hypervisor and VMware's vSphere. Learn about the options Complete Cluster customers now have, and get some insight into future developments from Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey.

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SimpliVity joins hyper-converged world with OmniCube

Startup SimpliVity Corp. is the latest vendor to offer a product in the hyper-convergence area. CEO Doron Kempel describes his firm's OmniCube product as a "data center in a box." It includes compute, software, a PCI Express flash acceleration card and solid-state drives that are all managed through VMware's vCenter console. In this article, Senior News Director Dave Raffo reviews SimpliVity's hyper-convergence offering with Kempel.

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Learn more about hyper-convergence from these links

Understanding infrastructure convergence

How to make better use of your storage with convergence

Storage for virtual environments: Hyper-converged products, software-defined storage