I read a recent blog post from VMware’s Chuck Hollis that attempted to define and compare the terms Converged Infrastructure vs. Hyper-Converged and Hypervisor-Converged Infrastructure.
As is usually the case, I thought Chuck did a great job cutting through vendor marketing to the key points and differences, beginning with his quote that “Simple is the new killer app in enterprise IT infrastructure.” And we would echo that is even more true in the mid-sized and smaller IT shops that we focus on.
But eventually vendor biases do surface. Especially in an organization like VMware with many kinds of partners and a parent company with a hardware centric legacy. That’s not a bad thing, and I’m sure I will show my vendor bias as well. At Scale Computing we focus exclusively on mid-size to small IT shops and are therefore biased to view the world of technology through their eyes.
As background, we would consider our HC3 products to be “hypervisor converged infrastructure” as our storage functionality is built in to the hypervisor which are both run in a single software OS kernel. I would consider hypervisor-converged to be a specific case or sub-set of hyper-converged, which simply means you have removed an external storage device and moved the physical disks into your compute hosts which also run the hypervisor code. (how the hypervisor gets to those disks is the difference in manageability, performance, complexity – see Craig Theriac’s blog series – The Infrastructure Convergence Continuum ) Continue reading