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What Is Hyperconverged Infrastructure?

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The growing demands of enterprise applications and the fast pace of modern business threaten to put legacy IT design — with separate storage, storage networks and servers — at risk of failure. The silos created by traditional datacenter infrastructure often present barriers to change and progress, adding complexity to every step from ordering to deployment to management.

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) Simplifies Datacenter Operations

Hyperconverged infrastructure streamlines the deployment, management and scaling of datacenter resources by combining x86-based server and storage resources with intelligent software in a turnkey software-defined solution. Separate servers, storage networks and storage arrays can be replaced with a single hyperconverged solution to create an agile datacenter that easily scales with your business.

The Components of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Most HCI solutions consist of two fundamental components:

 

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A Distributed Data Plane

that runs across a cluster of nodes delivering storage, virtualization and networking services for guest applications – either VMs or container-based applications.

A Management Plane

that allows for the easy administration of all HCI resources from a single view, and eliminates the need for separate management solutions for servers, storage networks, storage and virtualization.

Nearly all modern hyperconverged infrastructure solutions are 100% software-defined, with no dependency on proprietary hardware. Each HCI node in a cluster runs a hypervisor (Nutanix AHV, VMware ESXi, or Microsoft Hyper-V), and the HCI control features run as a separate virtual machine on every node, forming a fully distributed fabric that can scale resources with the addition of new nodes.

The Definitive Guide To Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Learn the fundamentals of hyperconverged infrastructure and expert tips to build a fast, efficient and highly scalable enterprise datacenter.

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Beyond Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Given the flexibility and simplicity that hyperconvergence brings to the datacenter, it should not be viewed as the end point objective, but as a foundation for building an Enterprise Cloud. Similar to public cloud services, hyperconverged infrastructure solutions enable IT teams to start small and scale incrementally to precisely meet application demands. With an Enterprise Cloud, IT teams gain the security and control they need to manage their infrastructure with confidence.

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Pioneering the Enterprise Cloud

Nutanix pioneered hyperconverged infrastructure, and continues to evolve the platform. We are helping to define the new era with an Enterprise Cloud that bridges the wide gap between traditional infrastructure and public cloud services. Nutanix Enterprise Cloud unifies your private and public clouds, and simplifies the management of multi-cloud deployments with one OS, one clickTM.

Turnkey Infrastructure

Integrated server, storage, networking and virtualization resources along with end-to-end systems management and operations management capabilities.

Fast Deployment

Deploy infrastructure in minutes, so IT teams can elevate their focus to the applications and services powering the business.

100% Software-Driven

Supports a wide variety of different hardware platforms – including three of the four most popular server platforms in the world.

World-Class Platform

Each hyperconverged server (node), includes Intel-powered x86 hardware with flash-based SSDs and traditional HDDs, along with Nutanix software.

Superior Performance and Resilience

Nutanix hyperconverged software running on each node distributes all operating functions across the cluster.

Unprecedented Flexibility

A single cluster can have unlimited nodes, with node types having differing amounts of storage, CPU and memory resources, so you can run multiple workloads with maximum efficiency.

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