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What is Hyper-Converged (HCI)?

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure refers to a system where numerous integrated technologies can be managed within a single system, through one main channel. Typically software-centric, the architecture tightly integrates storage, networking, and virtual machines.

A Hyper-Converged solution enables the system administrator to manage all the systems contained in it through a common set of management tools. This approach allows for the use of commodity hardware. With most designs, it is possible to easily add hyper-converged nodes to expand the infrastructure as needed.

Since virtualized workloads are becoming more prevalent, IT Central Station experts have found that a Hyper-Converged storage infrastructure offers organizations the benefit of removing previously necessary, separate storage networks. Hyper-converged systems are not limited and can be expanded by adding nodes to the base unit.

Hyper-Converged solutions reduce the number of devices in the data center. With its ability to cut down on the need for legacy storage, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is becoming a more prevalent solution for system availability, complexity and reducing costs. IT departments are focused on continually improving data efficiency with storage capabilities and purpose-built data management. This leads to increased employee productivity, a decrease in TCO and a reduced data center footprint.

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure optimizes efficiency, ease of use and system simplicity for IT Central Station key opinion leaders tasked with the responsibility of optimization, scale, and economics. IT managers are constantly looking to upgrade systems for agile enterprise-grade performance. By combining IT infrastructure, including data services, a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure can increase data efficiency, reduce costs for older systems, and optimize virtualization across a traditional or public cloud platform.

HCI solutions helps organizations stay competitive. Data virtualization will live on one dashboard as VM-centric management makes development more productive. Applications can easily be moved to modern virtual workload environments from siloed, physical environments to VMware infrastructures within a scalable system.


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Nutanix
Nutanix
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Real User
Manager Enterprise Cloud System Engineering at Amanox Solutions (S&T Group)
Jan 03 2018

What is most valuable?

Some years ago when we started working with Nutanix the solution was essentially a stable, user friendly hyper converged solution offering a less future rich version of what is now called the distributed storage fabric. This is what competing... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a system integrators Nutanix offers a solution which is highly standardized that can be deployed in very timely fashion compared to legacy three tier-, converged generation one- and even most competing hyper converged solutions. This... more»

What needs improvement?

Nutanix has the potential to replace most of today's traditional storage solutions. These are classic hybrid SAN arrays Filers, newer All-Flash Arrays
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Solutions Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

I think performance and cost are the most valuable features of VMware Virtual SAN. We're stringing up an entire virtualization environment for VDI and RDSH through Horizon View. When we compared the cost of a traditional SAN versus VSAN,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'm from the cloud virtualization side of things, so consolidating the data allowed us to set up the VSAN instead of a traditional SAN, and allowed us to do faster deployments without having to interact with as many teams. It's simplified our... more»

What needs improvement?

I know it's coming, but I'm really excited for the encryption. I know it's on the all-flash, which is fine, because we're migrating to that anyways. Nonetheless, the encryption would be great for at-rest data, because I don't want to rely on... more»
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Real User
ICT Network Administrator at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The most important feature for us is the converged infrastructure, which is all this tool is about. There is no need to manage separate storage areas in SAN/NAS environments. Storage management comes built-in with the vSAN tool. Storage is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Provisioning virtual machines has been simplified, as there is no provisioning/management of the separate storage layer and it is no more in question.

What needs improvement?

The management client, i.e., the Flash-based client, is just not up to the mark. I’m really waiting for the HTML5 client to be fully ready and all the features are implemented to it. This, of course, is not a vSAN issue but a vSphere issue.... more»
Nutanix
Nutanix
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Real User
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees

What is most valuable?

The level of statistical performance data it is able to report in real time is extremely useful. I can see what my VM’s hosts and guests are doing form a single pane of glass and identify issues before they would otherwise become apparent.

How has it helped my organization?

The simplicity Prism/AHV delivers over other hypervisor solutions has dramatically alleviated the workload of our IT department without taking away granular features.

What needs improvement?

Site-to-site replication needs some work. It’s not as feature rich for a disaster recovery implementation as I would like to see, but my understanding is that it is slated for improvement in near-future releases. DRS-like functionality is... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Director of IT Systems at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 18 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature was its time to delivery.

How has it helped my organization?

We had four ESX hosts and a big storage rack. We needed to replace it really quickly. It's all VMware stuff and it involved moving it over. The unit came in. Our lead architect spent an hour with it, figured out a couple IP addresses that it... more»

What needs improvement?

I'm guessing that the next release will be the SimpliVity stack. I don't know. It seems like they've got a lot of features packed in there. There's nothing that comes to mind in terms of improvement. It has worked pretty well. We've had to do... more»
Nutanix
Nutanix
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
IT Admin at Felda Prodata Systems Sdn Bhd

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are Prism and Acropolis, as they simplified our jobs and give us the opportunity to lower operational costs without reducing the current day-to-day operation performance. We are using VMware 3-TIER architecture... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As opposed to before, the Nutanix platform allows us to pay as we grow instead starting with a large scale. Management seems to like this idea, as it will save us from overspending the budget. We can improve IT utilization and reduce costs by... more»

What needs improvement?

We're thinking about hosting SAP HANA on the Nutanix platform, but we are still unsure about the path as SAP still has not certified Nutanix to host SAP HANA yet. Nutanix should make SAP a close partner and certify their product with SAP so... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Real User
Sr. Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The ease of managing this system! Recently added the All Flash CN3400F and oh my goodness are these nodes fast as lighting! I love having a private cloud for my organization. Public cloud will never care for my organizations data more than I do.

How has it helped my organization?

The inline dedupe and compression has allowed me to run all my servers and appliances (total 60) in an HA configuration while taking up just 8U of rack space (4x2U nodes). There is incredibly fast I/O and with the OmniCubes, my users are... more»

What needs improvement?

I gave it an excellent rating, thus I think it's well excellent! If there was anything I would like to see, it would be indexed backups. You have to hunt a bit if you have to restore a file. Index the backups and it would be perfect!
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 08 2017

What is most valuable?

If you really want to squeeze all of the value out of this solution, it should deployed in an all-flash configuration. The all-flash vSAN solution allows customers to take advantage of newer features such as erasure coding, deduplication and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

vSAN is a very cost-effective solution for just about any data center. It is very easy to deploy, scale and manage. The entire solution is built on commodity hardware, so customers do not have to break the bank (or budget) to invest in this... more»

What needs improvement?

Snapshot management is something that continues to improve with each release of vSAN. Earlier versions experienced performance degradation, but each version gets more and more efficient with snapshots. The new snapshot format known as... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Head of IT at Law Firm
Nov 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Data replication, backup and recovery of VMs and disks. Data replication happens in the background once the policy is set and takes few seconds. The fact that the data is deduped inline makes this possible, as only the changes not already... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We now have much lower RPOs, from hours to seconds. It is now much simpler for us to deploy additional workloads, since we do not have to take care anymore of storage provisioning. The Simplivity datastores are so efficient that the never... more»

What needs improvement?

We definitely want to see more of the CLI commands come up to the GUI, and it is a legitimate question, if we are going to be happy with the integration in the vsphere web client, which is awfully slow. While this is responsibility of Vmware... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Consultant
Virtualization Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The storage policies allow the administrator to define which VMs have specific storage requirements. For example: Our critical VMs have an increased flash read cache percentage enabled. This improves the overall performance of these machines.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The ease of managing and configuring vSAN. This means that all our VMware administrators are now able to do the daily maintenance and operations. Previously, only a couple of IT administrators were responsible for maintaining our previous... more»

What needs improvement?

* The daily maintenance can be high, especially due to the lack of documentation and reporting in vCenter, and only on the vSAN health page. * If the vSAN cluster can’t self-heal due to an internal error, we can’t repair the vSAN cluster... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Virtualization System Administrator. at a integrator with 51-200 employees
Jul 18 2017

What is most valuable?

The most important functionality is the ability to extend cluster storage and cluster computing power securely without loss of data. Also, the ability to set up an extended cluster on multiple sites in a much simpler and easier way than with... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is precisely the possibility of being able to extend the capacities of the cluster of storage and calculation by the simple addition of one or more physical server which makes us lean on this solution in a secure way. Moreover, with the... more»

What needs improvement?

This product is usable in many cases. It can be used for a wide range of applications. It is also possible, for example, to parameterize a stretch cluster at the very least without going to a costly solution based on conventional storage,... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Head of Virtualization & Systems and Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

What is most valuable?

Currently, we are on version 6.2. Having all flash, I would say that the most valuable feature for us is deduplication, as it gives us better utilization of the space available. In the latest release, there are already features that we have... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We face the same challenges most organisations do; probably the most common one being that of keeping up with growth and expansion, while keeping within the budgets. vSAN is very scalable, so we can plan our costs well in advance, knowing... more»

What needs improvement?

I think that the product is evolving in the right direction, most of the improvements and suggestions we had in mind are already available in 6.5. Obviously, there is always room for improvement. For example, in our case, we had to go with... more»
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Real User
Data Center Engineer at Strategic Solutions of Virginia

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of VSAN are consistent and increased performance with a linear cost which helped us in our data center. Using VSAN Observer, we were able to see exactly what the VSAN environment is doing on a day to day basis, so... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits that we're seeing are directly related to our customers. They have better experiences using their EMR and practice management systems. The manageability is better, it's definitely fully integrated into the VMware stack so it's... more»

What needs improvement?

The features I am most looking forward to are the performance monitoring capabilities of VSAN Observer being transitioned into the web client. That's what I'm really looking forward to. UPDATE: Capacity and performance monitoring is now... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Anonymous avatar x80
Reseller
Owner and CEO at Bitcon
May 18 2017

What is most valuable?

For HPE Hyper Converged 380, the added value is not having to buy multiple elements – servers, hard disks, memories, CPU, cables, and software – because you have to unpack it, install it, and update the firmware. You have to do it all by yourself. With this solution, I buy everything together, pre-packaged, pre-installed, and in just 15 minutes, it's installed.... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvement in the hardware underneath it. Currently, it's a Gen9 DL380. One day, there will be a Gen10 DL380 and maybe they will have bigger or smaller sizes. The HE380 is already a good step forward with the first product, which was the CS250, which was really cool. It was just a 2U box (chassis). It had a lot of performance in there, but... more»
Nutanix
Nutanix
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Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The converged storage infrastructure is a great benefit that removes the necessity of a separate storage network. The web-based management portal (Prism) is very robust and easy to understand. There is very little to manually configure, for... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For us, the Nutanix 3060 was a fantastic solution because it was an exact fit for the purpose of refreshing our hypervisor (VMware) infrastructure. For example, our existing VMware licensing allowed for a total of 8 sockets, which fit... more»

What needs improvement?

The Nutanix uses controller VMs for disk I/O, metadata, etc. and they can consume significant resources so be sure to account for the additional CPU and memory the controllers will need. There is one controller VM per node so Nutanix and/or... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Account Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 14 2017

What is most valuable?

We have a lot of customers who are looking at the whole hyper-converged infrastructure. Comparing this solution to some of the other competitors that we've been going up against, they like the ease of use, the centralized management, and big... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our customer has a limited IT staff, so they were looking at something that will: * Be a little more centralized * Be easier for them to manage * Give them the functionality that their customers really need *

What needs improvement?

That's a good question and I don't really have a good answer for that right now. I'm still learning about the product as a whole and I really want to see, once it's stood up in our customer environment, how it performs. I will then probably... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Real User
Enterprise Architect at Jackson laboratory
Jun 13 2017

What is most valuable?

Its ease of use is the most valuable feature. It is just a one-stop shop, a single appliance that I can control through my virtual center. I can manage my storage, my backups, and my disaster recovery. So, its ease to use is the most... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It frees up time for the other system administrators. We've found better performance. Even our developers are seeing faster response times in executing codes, so they can get their code done more quickly. It has just increased the overall time.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more, more, more, more, more storage in the next version. Let us populate the entire node; right now, there are 24 slots in a server and you're only allowed to populate 14. So, give us those other 10 slots, it is going to... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Reseller
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

What is most valuable?

It’s difficult to find a single valuable feature, because all of the features are good. The key point is the Data Virtualization Platform that allows you to achieve great efficiency in storage use, data management, backup and disaster... more»

How has it helped my organization?

With the OmniStack system, we can deploy a system in a Stretched cluster configuration with a sync replication and a disaster recovery site with a few clicks of a mouse; all are managed from the vCenter and we don’t need to upgrade the... more»

What needs improvement?

Backup application integration: The backup actually allows creating some independent recovery points of the VM. It’s possible to duplicate and restore the entire VM or restore some guest files. The backup is consistent because the VMware... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The reduction in cost of storage: In my most recent deployment, we reduced cost from around $20,000 per TB product – works. The idea is to have a small initial investment and, with horizontal/vertical scaling, you can grow into the needs of... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Management of the environments is overall simpler, allowing for during-hours patching with no downtime and little risk; also allowing us to stay more current with patching, reducing the overall risk of the environments.

What needs improvement?

The worst part of vSAN, as with most VMware products, is that you need to use the vSphere Web Client to interact with it. The vSphere Web Client is slow and clunky, making interacting with the system difficult and often times painful. I have... more»
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Real User
Head of Virtualization at DataLine LLC

What is most valuable?

In our model, the price of vSAN storage space is a bit lower than SATA-based storage space from other storages, and vSAN usually has better characteristics (IOPS + latency). We can easily scale up our vSAN cluster horizontally. All we need is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It’s simple: We are service provider and if a solution can give us new opportunities, it is a good solution. We can build economically effective IaaS clusters on top of vSAN.

What needs improvement?

vSAN is very complex inside. For example, you need to have a plan for any emergency situation, beginning from the PoC stage; how you monitor SSD and HDD; how you change them. It looks simple, but you cannot just remove a broken component and... more»
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