SlideShare – Showdown: Hardware-Based Hyperconvergence vs. Hyperconvergence Software

Hyperconverged architectures come in two flavors; hardware-based hyperconvergence or hyperconvergence software. Hardware-based hyperconvergence is where the hardware and the software are licensed together and pre-integrated from a single vendor. Hardware-based solutions look appealing on the surface – just plug them in and start creating VMs. It eliminates the step of installing software. But does hardware hyperconvergence sacrifice flexibility at the altar of simplicity?

Hyperconvergence software is not licensed to the hardware, but it can include the extra step of installing the hyperconvergence software and in new installations, the hypervisor software. Hyperconvergence software gives the organization the flexibility of using the server and the drives of its choosing, and not having to repurchase the hyperconvergence software license every three years when upgrading server hardware. But, is the extra installation work worth the gain in flexibility? And, is it possible to work around the upfront installation concern?

Each option leaves IT with some tough questions to answer. Deciding on what is best for the organization can be difficult. Hardware hyperconvergence promises faster start up and smoother operation. But software hyperconvergence provides more flexibility by leveraging existing hardware and supporting next generation hardware sooner.

In our on demand webinar, Storage Switzerland and Maxta compares the pros and cons of the two hyperconverged deployment models. Those attending learn how to clarify their goals for hyperconvergence and how to decide which architecture is the best fit for their organizations.

Attendees will learn how each deployment model overcomes these challenge:

  1. Ease of initial evaluation and testing
  2. How to transition to hyperconvergence while having current servers
  3. How to avoid hypervisor lock-in
  4. How to build a future proof hyperconverged architecture

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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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