The past decade has brought a new era to corporations — and more importantly, to information technology. Organizations, in the face of fewer resources and more budget cuts, have looked to transform their IT departments into efficient, flexible enterprises that can respond faster to the needs of leaders, organizations and constituents while reducing IT infrastructure and operating costs.

Caught between shrinking funding and a growing need for services, IT departments need to deploy a new model for computing.

One step that many organizations and departments have already taken to achieve this is virtualization. Virtualization is the creation of a virtual — as opposed to actual — version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources.

This process provides organizations with an evolutionary path that preserves existing IT investments, security and control.

And now, an even more efficient and scalable solution is on the scene that many organizations may not yet know about: hyper-converged infrastructure. A hyper Converged infrastructure tightly integrates storage, compute, and networking virtualization resources in the same appliance.

Not all Hyper Converged Systems are the same, nor truly Hyper Converged.