Converged & Hyper-converged


What is a Converged infrastructure?

Sometimes known as integrated systems or unified computing, converged infrastructure operates by grouping multiple information technology (IT) components into a single, optimised computing package. Components of a converged infrastructure may include servers, data storage devices, networking equipment and software for IT infrastructure management, automation and orchestration.

What does this really mean?

A converged infrastructure essentially turns disparate datacentre components into a single appliance that can be centrally managed. The goal of a converged infrastructure is to minimise compatibility issues and simplify the management of servers, storage systems and network devices while reducing costs for cabling, cooling, power and floor space.

What’s the difference between a converged and hyper-converged infrastructure?

As the converged infrastructure market continues to develop and grow, some vendors are differentiating their products by bundling virtualisation software with their converged infrastructure offerings (usually with VMware and Hyper-V). Such an approach is sometimes marketed as being a "hyper-converged infrastructure" solution. (The prefix "hyper" refers to the hypervisor in the virtualisation layer.) Our partners may also provide additional functionality for cloud bursting or disaster recovery, providing administrators with the ability to completely manage both physical and virtual infrastructures in a federated manner.

Partners we work with for Converged & Hyper-converged

Cisco
NetApp
Nutanix

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