A hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is one which integrates storage, compute and networking with an intelligent and automated software-defined data centre (SDDC) management system and software layer which describes and drives the operational aspects of this infrastructure. It is a very much simplified architecture that can replace traditional expensive and complex 3-tier architecture consists of separate servers, multiple storage networks and several storage arrays.
Advantages of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI)
Simplified Operations: With its simplified operations, precious staff time can be saved. With HCI there is no need for operational experts in your team, a single IT team can manage and monitor storage resources.
Lower Costs: Main advantage of HCI is that it requires only industry-standard x86 servers, not expensive, purpose-built networking. With its highly scalable architecture, you can scale up or scale-out capacity as needed with no disruptions.
Superior Performance: Hyper-converged software running on each node distributes all operating functions across the cluster, which makes it a super performer.