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At a recent conference, a peculiar thought hit me when a panel speaker reflected on traditional converged infrastructure versus software-defined, hyper-converged infrastructure: “We’re finally done talking about the why behind converged infrastructure and now focusing on which converged platform is best for various use cases.”
It's not an either/or conversation, but rather how to use both together to address different use cases.
"Choosing" between converged and hyper-converged
The reality of the converged landscape today is that both types are great choices for different use cases, and there are some cases where both may fit depending on customer preference.
For mission-critical tier-one applications where guaranteed application performance, advanced data services and integration with traditional operations and management are required, traditional converged tends to win out. It also tends to win out in cases where customers are looking to deploy a large private cloud, support a large remote office/facility or power a custom application written to scale vertically. Customers that place more value on reliability, predictable performance and vertical scalability also tend to lean towards traditional converged infrastructure.
In cases where customers need to build out a dedicated environment for a small remote office, hyper-converged may be the best choice. It also fits well in scenarios where customers need to start small and are dealing with unpredictable demand for their new, tier two application or small private cloud. Customers that place more value on flexibility, simplicity and micro-scalability also tend to favor hyper-converged.
Most importantly, one size does not fit all in the converged arena and most customers will still have a combination of traditional IT infrastructure, converged infrastructure and hyper-converged infrastructure to optimally serve their various use cases. For this reason, vendors offering the most comprehensive portfolio options across both traditional and hyper-converged infrastructure, along with automated deployment and integrated management, are best positioned to succeed.
Discovering what works best for you
WWT offers a Converged Infrastructure Workshop to help customers explore the myriad of converged options and determine which makes the most sense for your data center or specific use case.
If you prefer a more hands-on approach, WWT can also showcase the following solutions in our Advanced Technology Center (ATC):
Traditional converged lab
- Dell VxBlock
- NetApp/Cisco FlexPod Data Center
- Cisco HyperFlex
- Dell VxRack System Flex
- Dell VxRail
- HPE SimpliVity
- Intel Select Solution for vSAN
- NetApp HCI