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To Converge or to Hyperconverge: Why Not Both?

  • To Converge or to Hyperconverge: Why Not Both?-

    When It Makes Sense to Use Both

    Many medium to large enterprise environments have a mixture of workloads in operation at any given time. For these, it's common to have mission-critical workloads with high throughput needs as well as a mix of average workloads. IT purchasing managers may find converged infrastructures for mission-critical workloads easier to acquire since they are often funded by a specific business unit, whereas other workloads do not have specific budgets but still fall under the domain of IT and its general fund for "keeping the lights on." Many of these will fit well with a hyperconverged system.

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To Converge or to Hyperconverge: Why Not Both?

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    When It Makes Sense to Use Both

    Many medium to large enterprise environments have a mixture of workloads in operation at any given time. For these, it's common to have mission-critical workloads with high throughput needs as well as a mix of average workloads. IT purchasing managers may find converged infrastructures for mission-critical workloads easier to acquire since they are often funded by a specific business unit, whereas other workloads do not have specific budgets but still fall under the domain of IT and its general fund for "keeping the lights on." Many of these will fit well with a hyperconverged system.

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.