To Converge or to Hyperconverge: Why Not Both?

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How Do You Decide?

How Do You Decide? (Hint: It All Starts with the Workload)

When customers ask Unitrends staff to describe the benefits of using one infrastructure or platform over the other, the response often boils down to, "It depends on your workload."

Customers often requisition IT equipment based on the amount of storage or compute an application requires. They are not as accustomed to starting first with a workload-centric assessment. This type of assessment is especially important when deciding on a converged or hyperconverged infrastructure.

It's no big news that enterprise data center environments are in the midst of multiple transformations. Intersecting trends like mobile, Big Data, advanced virtualization and cloud computing have caused many IT organizations to rethink how they can deliver their IT services faster, better and more affordably to both internal and external users.

As part of these efforts, many organizations have chosen to redefine their data center's traditional hardware "stack" of underlying compute, network and storage resources. This involves the increasing use of converged infrastructures (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI).

While some organizations already know which infrastructure might be best for their environment, many others have questions about how best to proceed. How do the two types of converged infrastructures differ? When does it make sense to use one type over the other? Are there situations where you benefit from using both CI and HCI at the same time?

In this slideshow, Jason Anderson, chief architect at Datalink Corporation, takes a closer look at the two infrastructions and how organizations should go about choosing the one that's best for their environment.

About the author: Jason Anderson is the chief architect at Datalink Corporation, a complete provider of data center services and solutions. In this role, he consults with Datalink's strategic customers on their data center strategies, helping them develop solution architectures that will drive efficiencies and competitive advantages through technology in their organizations. He also leads Datalink's technical architecture team in researching emerging technologies as well as making recommendations and developing best practices.


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