Deconstructing Hyperconverged Infrastructure Risks and Rewards
Hyperconverged infrastructure helps break down data center silos, but it comes with personnel and vendor lock-in issues, and it might not be the right fit for every environment.
Hyperconverged infrastructure has raised eyebrows and piqued interest among IT professionals, but there's confusion around what it is, what risks it carries and which shops should consider it.
Search the Internet a bit and you'll find there's some uncertainty around hyperconvergence. In fact, you'll find that there doesn't even seem to be a consensus on the spelling.
In concept, hyperconverged infrastructure is a great idea. It eliminates silos in the data center and uses a single platform to provision and manage disparate data center services such as compute, storage and networking. Sounds a lot like the software-defined data center (SDDC), right? I've talked to IT professionals about this and their answers about whether hyperconverged infrastructure and SDDC are the same vary, but there are strong arguments on both sides. My answer is that they're not the same thing.