VergeIO intends for our HCI Newsletter to educate, not sell. We will send you a new newsletter every two weeks. The newsletter starts with the first four chapters described below and then will continue to bring you updates and insight on all things Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI).
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HCI Realities Chapter Overview
Chapter 1: Is HCI Really HCI, or is it Software Defined Storage?
In this chapter, we take a hard look HCI. What it really something new, or was the innovation merely storage vendors coaxing their software to run as a virtual machine within the hypervisor? We'll also explore the ramifications of that decision.
Chapter 2: Is HCI Really an Infrastructure?
In this chapter, we look at the way legacy HCI packages the three data center tiers. Is it really an infrastructure, or is it a bundling of three infrastructures? If it is a unified infrastructure, then it should simplify IT and lower costs. If it is a bundle, then it may make ordering easier, but it doesn't really help IT simplify operations, and it may actually increase costs.
Chapter 3: Is HCI Really Scaleable?
In chapter 3, we look at the scalability issues surrounding HCI. While most HCI vendors claim they can scale out, we ask if scale-out is enough. Creating a single infrastructure that can scale small for Edge Computing, medium for server rooms, and large for enterprises requires more than just scale out. A modern infrastructure needs to scale small, large, and vertical.
Chapter 4: Is HCI able to Consolidate Workloads?
In this chapter, we examine if HCI can offer complete workload consolidation. Can the HCI solution support the wide variety of workloads that most data centers have today, or will they continue to need three-tier infrastructure for some workloads and separate HCI clusters for others? A modern infrastructure must be able to provide IT a means to deliver workload-performance integrity.