Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) Solutions
Enterprises today are seeking to accelerate innovation and time to market by driving unprecedented resilience, agility and workload consolidation from IT. With an intelligent hyperconverged infrastructure from HPE, all that is now within reach.
Leverage the simplicity of HCI for any use case
- Introducing HCI 2.0
- 3 ways in which HCI 2.0 goes beyond
- Power the edge
- Breaking boundaries
- Upgrade to intelligence
- Streamline IT operations
Introducing HCI 2.0: The next generation of HCI
HCI has evolved to HCI 2.0 – with a new architecture that delivers the HCI experience of unified management and VM-centric operations with higher availability, faster performance and flexible scaling. This enables organisations to simplify operations and unlock agility while ensuring their applications are always-on and always-fast and at the best economics.
And with HPE Nimble Storage dHCI you get the best of converged and hyperconverged architectures on a flexible platform with independent scaling of compute and storage.
In this short Chalk Talk, learn about HCI 2.0 with HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, a disaggregated hyperconverged platform that delivers the HCI experience without any of the trade-offs.
3 ways HCI 2.0 goes beyond traditional HCI
Flexibility of converged. Simplicity of HCI. Drive IT agility and accelerate time to market with 99.9999% availability. HCI delivered simplicity and agility, and now it’s time to bring that experience to your business with HCI 2.0 from HPE.
Take a look at this infographic to find out more about the next generation of hyperconverged infrastructure.
HPE offers a market-leading portfolio of HCI solutions available as a service through the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform. From general-purpose and business critical applications, virtualised and containerised applications, get cloud-like flexibility coupled with on-premises control.
Power the edge
Harness an architecture that’s ideal for edge and ROBO use cases. Intelligently simple hyperconverged infrastructure can lower costs substantially at the edge. In fact, analysts at ESG found savings of as much as 55% as the number of remote and branch office sites grow.
Never compromise on availability as HPE solutions can combine resiliency, performance and efficiency into 2-node HA clusters optimised for the edge. All made intelligently simple in an all-in-one stack edge-optimised HCI solution.
In this webinar, learn how HPE SimpliVity provides edge-optimised capabilities for the global centralised management for multiple edge sites and edge-to-cloud data protection for backing up thousands of VMs across multiple sites. In addition, discover how AI can predict and prevent issues before they happen.
Breaking the boundaries of hyperconverged infrastructure
Powered by the predictive intelligence of HPE InfoSight and capable of running even your most demanding workloads, HPE’s hyperconverged offerings redefine what HCI can be. Self-managing, self-optimising and self-healing, this is an AI-driven HCI that delivers the simplicity, efficiency and economy of hyperconverged for your entire environment.
Upgrade to intelligently simple IT
Quick to deploy, fast to scale and hyper efficient, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) 2.0 solutions from HPE can power all of your apps while streamlining operations, consolidating workloads and protecting your data. Discover how organisations have pivoted to intelligent, high-performance solutions leveraging HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble dHCI to drive their businesses from data centre to edge to cloud.
Streamline IT operations for distributed enterprises and organisations of any size
Now organisations of any size can benefit from the advantages of moving to HCI. Whether you have multiple sites running disparate platforms or a single, complicated campus location, it all equals a genuine hassle for your IT department. A common hyperconverged infrastructure, from core to edge, brings order to administration, support, deployment and data protection.
Powerful IT doesn’t have to be complicated. Get the Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Dummies guide to learn how hyperconvergence combines all of your virtualised infrastructure and data services into a single, integrated powerhouse.
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Power your business with AI-driven solutions that combine compute, storage and networking with advanced data services in a single, integrated platform. Deliver unprecedented simplicity, agility and intelligence with hyperconverged IT.
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Hyperconverged Infrastructure case studies
"We were initially running 300 virtual desktops and needed to spin up 700 more to give our employees the flexibility to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using HPE SimpliVity, we were able to do so in just 12 minutes.” – Murat Zobu, System and Cloud Infrastructure Manager at MIGROS TICARET A.S.
Read stories about real-world deployments – straight from the customers
"I’ll be able to see exactly when we’re predicted to run out of storage so I can plan ahead."Virtualisation Admin, King Price
Additional HCI resources
Want to explore more? Here are some hyperconverged infrastructure resources that might interest you.
5-minute demonstration of HPE SimpliVity
HPE GreenLake for HPE SimpliVity: Get better control and lower IT costs
HCI frequently asked questions
What is a hyperconverged infrastructure?
A hyperconverged infrastructure, or hyperconvergence infrastructure, is defined as an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system to reduce data centre complexity and streamline operations.
How does a hyperconverged infrastructure work?
A hyperconverged software-defined infrastructure virtualises all elements of the traditional hardware stack, including compute, storage, networking and hypervisor, and is centrally managed by a single piece of software. A typical HCI system consists of a hypervisor for virtualised computing, a software-defined networking (SDN) component. These resources are combined into pools that can be dynamically balanced and allocated to deliver the right amount of capacity, performance and protection needed by a virtual machine to run business applications.
What are the benefits of a hyperconverged infrastructure?
Hyperconverged systems in a hyperconverged infrastructure enable you to seamlessly manage complex infrastructure, accelerate virtualised workloads, reduce complexity, improve operational efficiency and reduce cost. Hyperconvergence offers the reliability, availability, performance and capacity needed for virtualised workloads – while future-proofing IT infrastructure and lowering total cost of ownership (TCO).
- Enables centralised management of virtual environments via a single interface
- Provides data protection, disaster recovery and resiliency
- Includes advanced data services enabling high data efficiency
- Offers streamlined acquisition, deployment, support and management
What is the difference between a converged and hyperconverged infrastructure?
Hyperconverged and converged infrastructures each have simplified architectures and integrate the main components of the data centre – storage, compute, networking – into a simplified management experience. While hyperconverged systems accomplish this through software and so are hardware agnostic, converged solutions rely on hardware.
A key difference between these two technologies is that in a converged infrastructure, each of the components is discrete and can be used for its intended purpose: the server can be separated and used as a server, just as storage can be separated and used as functional storage. In a hyperconverged infrastructure, the architecture is software defined, meaning that all the components are tightly integrated and cannot be broken out into separate parts.
Another key difference is how each handles storage. In a converged architecture, the storage is attached directly to the physical servers. Hyperconverged infrastructure has the storage controller function running as a service on each node in the cluster, thereby improving scalability and resilience. Flash storage is generally used for each to ensure high performance for applications.
How can you use a hyperconverged infrastructure?
There are many use cases for HCI, including:
- Data centre consolidation/mixed workloads
For customers who want a smaller data centre footprint, lower TCO and an escape from endless update and refresh cycles, data consolidation with HCI is an ideal choice. In one integrated solution, it simplifies data centre consolidation initiatives and reduces the cost and complexity of ongoing operations.
Multi-site remote locations are witnessing application and data growth that requires a simplified experience for management and protection. HCI is a perfect solution for these environments because it provides the enterprise with features needed to run what is essentially a small data centre in a compact, all-in-one system.
- Business-critical applications
With HCI, business-critical applications run faster and are easier to manage compared to traditional infrastructure. With accelerated performance, high data efficiency and easy scaling, HCI is very well suited for the applications that are critical to run your business.
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
When an organisation makes the switch from physical to virtual desktops, the expectation is that virtual desktops will perform just as well. VDI deployments must deliver a couple of key capabilities including ultra-fast application provisioning and predictable performance at peak demand. The great thing about a top-notch HCI solution is that not only does it deliver these capabilities, but it can also provide more desktops on less hardware, as well as high-performance graphics support, data protection and resiliency, simple management, and scalability.
Containers and microservices are the new normal for application development, particularly for the emerging breed of cloud-native applications. These new application development architectures need a modernised infrastructure approach like HCI to achieve the speed, simplicity and insights necessary to drive transformation.
- Data centre consolidation/mixed workloads