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The IT industry is in the midst of a transformation. As traditional IT infrastructure silos begin to age and be phased out, many organizations are looking to replace these aging disconnected systems with solutions that offer more efficiencies in operation, cost reduction and performance. This market trend has led many organizations to adopt the public cloud, while others who need an on-premises solution adopt modern, simple infrastructure solutions such as hyperconverged platforms. Often, customers who still require the control and security of on-premises infrastructures look to hyperconverged solutions as a private cloud alternative to the public cloud.

Hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) have emerged as a new hot trend in IT because of the complexity, inefficiencies, and high costs of traditional and converged infrastructures. HCI solutions converge storage and compute into a single solution with an integrated management fabric that allows for easier management. This means HCI can deliver easier IT management and lower infrastructure costs over traditional infrastructures by delivering integrated compute, storage and management into a single vendor platform— replacing multiple disconnected IT silos.

But before you adopt a hyperconverged solution, there are several limitations and challenges that you should consider first:

  • Complex Networking: Most HCI solutions do not include an integrated network component. This means that your application may never reach optimal performance from your HCI solution. Third party hardware and software will need to be bolted on to the HCI solution and require separate configuration and management. Deploying and configuring applications will require additional steps. It also means that you may not be able to achieve peak performance for those applications because the networking is not fully integrated with the HCI solution.
  • Coupled, High-Cost Scaling: When you need more compute horsepower or storage with an HCI solution, it usually means buying another node, which means buying more resources that you don’t necessarily want or need. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to scale up each layer independently to give your organization exactly what it needs?
  • Third Party Costs: Many hyperconverged solutions require purchase of third party virtualization software along with the network switch, and networking software which increases the total cost of ownership.
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So what’s beyond hyperconverged?

Now there is a next generation infrastructure platform that goes beyond hyperconverged. Cloudistics has developed an all inclusive platform that integrates hardware and software to deliver the incremental scale promised by converged with the control and simplicity promised by hyperconverged, while having the public cloud experience. With tightly integrated server, storage, networking, virtualization and management, the Cloudistics platform leap frogs the limitations of hyperconverged while delivering cloud economics:

  • Simple, integrated networking: Cloudistics comes with a software-defined network switch with integrated network virtualization that simplifies network provisioning. Network micro services and micro segmentation are included, eliminating the need for third party software and hardware costs. Our auto-configuring and auto-deploying software enables rapid application deployment without the need for network experts.
  • Independent Scaling, On-Demand: Cloudistics enables truly independent scaling of compute, storage, and networking without disruption. This enables you to meet the demands of a diverse set of workloads by getting the resources you need when you need them.
  • Single pane of glass Management: All hardware and software is managed from a single pane of glass web-based management portal, simplifying application management and provisioning and accelerating time to value.
  • Low TCO: Cloudistics is an all-in-one cloud platform with simplicity, flexibility, scalability and performance that delivers the lowest total cost of ownership.

To discover more in depth technical disadvantages of hyperconverged and advantages of Cloudistics, check out our whitepaper written by the expert, Dr. Jai Menon, Cloudistics Chief Scientist and IBM Fellow Emeritus.

Dr. Jai Menon

Chief Scientist, IBM Fellow Emeritus

Jai is the Chief Scientist at Cloudistics, which he joined after having served as CTO for multi-billion dollar Systems businesses (Servers, Storage, Networking) at both IBM and Dell.

Jai was an IBM Fellow, IBM’s highest technical honor, and one of the early pioneers who helped create the technology behind what is now a $20B RAID industry. He impacted every significant IBM RAID product between 1990 & 2010, and he co-invented one of the earliest RAID-6 codes in the industry called EVENODD. He was also the leader of the team that created the industry’s first, and still the most successful, storage virtualization product.

When he left IBM, Jai was Chief Technology Officer for Systems Group, responsible for guiding 15,000 developers. In 2012, he joined Dell as VP and CTO for Dell Enterprise Solutions Group. In 2013, he became Head of Research and Chief Research Officer for Dell.

Jai holds 53 patents, has published 82 papers, and is a contributing author to three books on database and storage systems. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IBM Master Inventor, a Distinguished Alumnus of both Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Ohio State University, and a recipient of the IEEE Wallace McDowell Award and the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Systems Award. He serves on several university, customer and company advisory boards.

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