The Hidden Cost of Hardware Hyperconvergence

Hardware hyperconvergence is supposed to make the life of the IT professional easier by bundling compute, networking, hypervisor and storage software into a single bundle. To a large extent hardware hyperconvergence lives up to the hype, at least initially. But after initial implementation, problems creep in.

In our on demand webinar, “Showdown: Hardware-Based Hyperconvergence vs. Hyperconvergence Software”, we discuss some of the concerns of this “easier” model, like the lack of ongoing flexibility and inability to use existing storage resources. There is also the cost premium that these turnkey vendors put on the combined solution when compared to the organization sourcing the components separately. But that cost isn’t really hidden, simple math will show the price delta.

There is a cost, though, to hardware based hyperconvergence that is hidden and one that might take IT professionals off-guard.

The problem with turnkey systems is the software is bundled into the hardware that is all purchased at a single price. Both are under maintenance, which covers the customer if there is a hardware failure or a software upgrade.

At some point the customer will want to upgrade the server hardware. When that occurs, the customer is essentially forced to re-buy the entire software package, even though it is under maintenance. For most of these hardware based hyperconverged solutions there is no way to just buy the hardware and there is no way to just transfer the software licenses.

With a software model, the software is on a different purchasing track than the hardware. Certainly, the customer still puts the software under maintenance in order to get upgrades, but again the hardware is a separate purchase. The advantage customers have purchasing software-based hyperconverged solution is the software IS transferable to new hardware. The customer can buy new more powerful servers and drive more virtual machines in the same physical space.

There are other considerations to make when comparing hardware hyperconvergence to software hyperconvergence and we discuss them all on our on demand webinar “Showdown: Hardware-Based Hyperconvergence vs. Hyperconvergence Software”. Register to watch it now and you will also get an exclusive copy of our latest white paper, “Is A Hardware Approach Breaking Hyperconverged Architectures?

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Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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