So the story has been said many times over the years but seems to be getting more interest this year. The story of converged platforms has been around for a while in the form of Vblock, Flexpod and other architectures that are ready to be deployed in a fraction of the time than traditional architectures but does this really resonate with you ?
Bringing together the compute, network and storage and knowing that you don’t have to worry yourself and firmware compatibility, device drivers, patching the hardware and having multiple lines of support is a compelling story right ? If not why not ?
Now hyperconverged is taking a step further and realizing the dream of making the datacenter truly software defined. I know you are thinking it can’t be software defined if you still have to buy hardware and get it installed but the secret here is that the fundamental layers are orchestrated and automated by software. Having compute and storage building blocks and scaling these as you grow is surely an attractive proposal as you no longer have to worry about SAN and zoning and other mundane tasks to stitch a datacenter solution together. Of course, this isn’t suitable for greenfield only but a little more difficult when you have an existing datacenter but still possible to implement for a specific use case. You could have specific use cases around VDI or perhaps a project that needs a cloud native feel using a PaaS layer like Cloud foundry or Openshift. My point here is that hyperconverged solutions have been around a while and gaining momentum in the industry.
Policy management is where we all want to be so less thinking is applied on the constructs of the hardware and more focus is on how do we drive policy to ensure workloads are compliant and also performant. That is the nirvana right ?
So my question here is are you a storage hugger or not ? Do you love LUNS, masking and multiple GUI’s ? Has your company go down the road of using a converged or hyperconverged solution and what were the benefits or indeed, what were the downfalls ?