An infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor.
A hyper-converged system allows the integrated technologies to be managed as a single system through a common toolset. Hyper-converged systems can be expanded through the addition of nodes to the base unit. Common use cases include virtualized workloads.
Reduces storage, bandwidth and IOPS requirements.
Easy to scale out/in resources as required by business demands.
A focus on the virtual machine (VM) or workload as the cornerstone of enterprise IT, with all supporting constructs revolving around individual VMs.
Ensuring that data can be restored in the event of loss or corruption is a key IT requirement, made far easier by hyper-converged infrastructure.
Enables greater application/workload mobility.
Enables higher level of availability than possible in legacy systems.