Hyperconverged Architectures attempt to simplify data center operations by converging compute, storage and networking to a single tier. For many businesses hyperconvergence is certainly a step in the right direction. But there is one service that most hyperconverged architectures leave out: Files. Many businesses need more than just a Windows virtual machine acting as a file server, which leads most to have a dedicated Network Attached Storage (NAS) system in addition to their hyperconverged architecture.
Once an organization installs a dedicated service outside of the hyperconverged architecture is starts a slippery slope to non-convergence. IT professionals who are committed to hyperconvergence need to look for ways to provide file services without breaking the architecture AND without compromising for a simple Windows VM acting as a file server. In fact, they need to take the opportunity to improve the file services capability, including leveraging the cloud to keep storage capacity costs down and improve data protection.
Storage Switzerland’s newest white paper “Adding File Services to Hyperconverged Architectures” covers this subject in detail. It is available registrants of our on demand webinar “Do Hyperconverged Systems Need File Services?“.