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A Hyper-Converged system is software driven infrastructure that tightly couples compute, storage networking and virtualisation, along with many other technologies under one shell.


This concept was born out of the converged infrastructure, where a vendor provides a pre-configured bundle of hardware and software under a single chassis. The intended goal was to minimise compatibility issues and simplify management. But if it was required the technology held in this in converged infrastructure could be separated and used individually. However Hyper-Converged components cannot be separated due to the fact they are so tightly integrated with each other.
Hyper-converged systems allows the integrated technologies to be managed from a single system through a common administrative toolset. The beauty of hyper-converged systems is that it can be expanded through the addition of nodes to the base unit.
The “infrastructure in a box” concept of hyper-convergence makes it very attractive to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), because all elements of the virtual environment can be managed from one place (making it easier on small IT departments), with more nodes purchased and added when required.
Research firm IDC says that hyper-converged systems became popular for running virtual machines but have expanded to support other workloads. IDC expects the hyperconverged market to grow by 60 percent per year through 2019, reaching nearly $4 billion in sales.

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