Hyper-Converged (HCI) Questions
IT Central Station
Aug 12 2020

How does hyper-converged differ from converged? 

Is one better than the other? When would one choose converged, rather than hyper-converged?

Are there pros and cons to each type of solution?

Dan ReynoldsHyper-converged is typically an "all in one box/rack" solution. It consists of… more »
PierreChapusHyperconverged is a system cluster of at minimum 3 nodes. The system mirrors… more »
Satish Dgconverged infrastructure still incorporates hardware, running the technology… more »
IT Central Station
Jan 04 2021

What are some important factors to keep in mind and to compare when choosing between HCI solutions? 

ShivendraJha1. Support 2. Migration or Conversion process from existing solution 3. Cost… more »
Gaurav VyasAvailability, support, cost, compatibility and scalability, cloud readiness.
Michael SamaniegoThere are several solutions that claim to be HCI in the market, however the best… more »
IT Central Station

From my own research, it seems that Converged Infrastructure relies on hardware, whereas Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is software-based. What does this mean in practical terms? What are the pros and cons of each?

ROBIN JACKSONIn principle you’re right “Converged Infrastructure relies on hardware, whereas… more »
Bart HeungensAlso in a converged infrastructure software is important. Converged for me is a… more »
Norman AllenA Converged Infrastructure has more hardware.  Compute is on one set of… more »
IT Central Station

What are key factors that businesses should take into consideration when choosing between traditional SAN and hyper-converged solutions?

German InfanteThere are so many variables to consider. First of all, have in mind that… more »
Tim WilliamsWhether to go 3 Tier (aka SAN) or HCI boils down to asking yourself what matters… more »
Bart HeungensAll depends of how you understand and use HCI: If you see HCI as an integrated… more »
IT Central Station

What are the benefits of using cloud versus hyper-converged infrastructure? What should enterprises take into account when choosing between these storage options?

Carlos EtchartI think that the key points to consider are: security, performance, and CAPEX vs… more »
Tim WilliamsHCI is on-prem, so it's simpler and easier to manage and integrate with… more »
Chaan BeardThere are several benefits of both Cloud and HCI that can be leveraged to the… more »
Mike McCaffery
Consulting Systems Engineer at a reseller with 1,001-5,000 employees

I work for a VAR and I have a customer who is interested in HCI but one of their requirements is segment routing.  

Segment routing is a forwarding paradigm that provides source routing, which means that the source can define the path that the packet will take. Segment routing still uses MPLS to forward the packets, but the labels are carried by an IGP. In segment routing, every node has a unique identifier called the node SID.

I could not find anything around segment routing and HCI solutions so I was wondering if you were aware of any HCI solutions that supported segment routing?

Thanks! I appreciate the help.

Henry A. McKelveyI think that the question of if HCI supports SR is not what you should be asking… more »
Michael SamaniegoAn HCI solution with VMware vSAN does not have all the network virtualization… more »
reviewer1223523You could use Nutanix with flow for microsegmentation!
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station
Dec 09 2020

There are a lot of vendors offering HCI solutions. What is the #1 most important criteria to look for when evaluating solutions?

Help your peers cut through the vendor hype and make the best decision.

SamuelMcKoyIn my opinion, the most important criteria when assessing HCI solutions other… more »
Bharat BediWhile there is a long list features/functions that we can look at for HCI -> In… more »
ROBERT BLUESTEINCost metrics, Rob, Capex, and open savings and even a TCO should be accounted… more »