Hyper Converged Confusion

In the early days of HCI several vendors packaged up several technologies such as VMware VDI, deployed the software on low cost 2U 4 node (8 socket) servers and touted how many virtual desktops they could run. This appeared to be a very cost effective approach to achieving a small data center footprint with high performance. Hyper-converged infrastructure was primarily targeted at small to medium sized businesses for segregated workloads, where a low cost entry point and high performance was desired. As time went on, the buzz around hyper-convergence grew and the the market demanded more.

When VMware announced VSAN 6.0 and the EVO:Rail architecture these products promoted hyper-convergence across various hardware manufactures and created numerous new choices.

Since then, several vendors have released various products to deploy their spin on hyper-convergence.  This myriad of options, introduced to the marketplace in such a short time frame, has made it confusing for customers to evaluate and adopt these technologies. We need to take a step back to get the big picture of hyper-convergence, how it fits, and how to make an informed decision.

As hyper-converged technologies continue to mature, organizations are increasingly considering how to use them in their environments. At Rugged Cloud we recommend that organizations consider the uses cases and workloads they are looking to deploy on HCI with a properly designed architecture plan prior to procuring any HCI technologies.

Rugged Cloud has developed a number of HCI architectures for the various uses cases that could be deployed on HCI.