Hyperconverged solutions come in two forms. The first is a hardware defined model where the hyperconverged software and server hardware are bundled together and sold as a turnkey system. The second is a software only system, where IT uses the server hardware of its choice. As server vendors have gobbled up hyperconverged software vendors it is easy to think that the hardware focused solution is the only way to go. But the software approach still has a lot going for it and may be the better long term strategy for most organizations.
Hyperconverged has it roots in converged infrastructures where a server vendor, network vendor and storage vendor partnered together to deliver a more turnkey experience to its customers. But these solutions were really just a bundling opportunity that made initial implementation easier. Hyperconvergence took the storage software and integrated it into the compute layer. The storage software leveraged storage internal to those servers often aggregating drives from each server in the cluster into a virtual pool.
In our white paper, “Is A Hardware Approach Breaking Hyperconverged Architectures?” we examine both approaches to help IT professionals determine which approach is best for their organizations. The paper is available to anyone that registers for our on demand webinar “Showdown: Hardware-Based Hyperconvergence vs. Hyperconvergence Software”