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What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)?

Hyperconverged infrastructure is a system engineered with compute, network, storage, and virtualisation in a single appliance with a single point of management. It creates a simplified, distributed computing platform that is fully integrated and interoperable with the entire data centre.

How does hyperconverged infrastructure work?

Hyperconvergence decouples compute, storage and networking functions from the underlying infrastructure to run on a common set of physical resources based on industry standard x86 components. It combines software-defined compute, virtualisation, storage, and networking into single nodes that form a centrally managed cluster. Starting with as few as 3 nodes, you can easily scale out the cluster to match your business needs.

How do I benefit from hyperconvergence?

HCI brings cloud-like simplicity to your on-premises infrastructure with the power to run up to mission critical workloads. Centralised management streamlines your operations, while HCI’s scalable architecture minimises data centre space and energy use to deliver lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than traditional infrastructure and public cloud.

Reduced storage footprint

HCI solutions eliminate outdated overprovisioning models to greatly reduce the overall storage footprint in the data centre. They do this by combining scalable architecture with enterprise class software-defined storage features – such as the continuous inline data deduplication and compression capabilities provided by next-generation hyperconvergence.

Speed and agility

Managing your hyperconverged environment is easy and installation is fast. For example, you can deploy next-generation HCI in under an hour – including the network – and manage your hyperconverged infrastructure with a choice of easy-to-use tools.

Flexible scaling

HCI scales easily by allowing additional resources to be added by simply connecting a new node to the cluster. Next-generation hyerpconvergence allows you to scale compute and storage separately, with new resources identified and integrated into the cluster automatically.

Multicloud support

You can integrate HCI with cloud solutions to support your hybrid cloud strategy. Hyperconvergence with hybrid cloud management makes infrastructure and application services easy to consume and allows you to control costs while providing your end users with the agility and speed they demand.

Workload support

Next-generation HCI has gone beyond virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and virtual server infrastructure (VSI) use cases, and can now power any workload, including mission-critical applications with the performance, reliability and availability your users expect.

Cisco HyperFlex

Cisco’s next-generation hyperconverged infrastructure, Cisco HyperFlex, is engineered on our Unified Computing System (UCS) and comes with built-in fabric interconnects (FIs) to provide low-latency, high-bandwidth connectivity for all system components. It is the only hyperconverged system with integrated networking.

With all-flash and 40 Gbps network configuration options, Cisco HyperFlex is the ideal HCI system for your mission critical applications. Only HyperFlex provides complete hyperconvergence for any app, on any cloud, at any scale.

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