Hyperconverged storage denotes a software-defined approach to storage management combining storage, compute, virtualization, and networking technologies into one integral unit using the same hardware. Each storage node in the cluster runs identical virtualization software. Resources are virtualized on one node and shared with other nodes in the cluster providing clustered applications with a unified storage pool. The latter is centrally managed and monitored through a single console. Being one of the leading hyperconverged vendors, StarWind offers HyperConverged Appliance (HCA), Virtual SAN (VSAN), and StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) building blocks for your hyperconverged infrastructure.
Converged infrastructure is presented as a hardware-defined solution and integrates storage, compute, and networking resources into a preconfigured package. All resources operate as a single but discrete system and therefore can be separated. In a converged infrastructure, one storage unit is dedicated to one compute node. Converged storage is managed separately but also can be partially administrated using storage policies on the hypervisor level. Often, this process requires special applications to service various infrastructure parts and calls for additional space. In turn, it limits IT infrastructure flexibility and scalability.
Hyperconverged infrastructure has a form of a software-defined network where all components are integrated and can’t be separated. Hyperconverged solutions are improved at the level of the program controller, which makes it easy to scale them and add new modules or nodes. Hyperconverged platforms include hypervisor, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking that run on the commodity hardware. Hyperconverged storage is connected to the node and shared with the general storage pool for the entire cluster. In such a way, the client gets infrastructure scalability and flexibility managing it from a single pane of glass.
Hyperconvergence vendors provide pencil out solutions that are free from large initial costs and eliminate the need to purchase expensive IT infrastructure components every few years. The hyperconverged platform is built on easy-on-the-pocket commodity hardware, while a building-block approach makes it simple to expand and scale IT infrastructure as needed.
Hyperconvergence implies consolidating all data center resources and integrating centralized management tools. All this can be summed up in automation. Compared to traditional datacenter design, it is not necessary to use hardware or software from different vendors for creating automated structures. Hyperconvergence provides a unified approach to procurement, operations, and support. Hyperconvergence also means simplicity of updates. The client has only one hyper converged infrastructure vendor that provides new features in updated software. Customers can take full advantage of these features immediately without having to replace their hardware.
Hyperconverged software operates to anticipate and handle the factor of hardware failure. Using the commodity hardware, the client benefits from the built-in failure avoidance and availability options. StarWind HCA includes backup, recovery, and disaster recovery functions out of the box. So, there is no need for purchasing additional solutions since hyperconverged technology provides for three-in-one real-time data protection
Hyperconverged network technologies allow deploying many types of applications and workloads in a single pool of shared resources. Hyperconverged storage cluster easily handles both random and sequential workloads. Even with the most intensive workloads, applications get the IOPS they require. Performance from such a hyperconverged architecture only increases.
Hyperconvergence management software is all about managing virtual machines (VMs) running on hyperconverged architecture without worrying about the fine tuning of storage or networking for each VM. That is why any system administrator can work with hyperconverged software solutions: installation and configuration are easy and intuitive. Help in managing hyperconverged storage is provided by one of the hyper converged infrastructure vendors. So, you get an expert IT team with a depth of experience in the field of hyperconvergence.
StarWind delivers software-defined storage and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions designed to build high-performing, flexible, and fault-tolerant IT infrastructures for SMB, ROBO, and Edge. StarWind’s recognition as one of the leading HCI vendors was confirmed by its inclusion in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure.
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