Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software provides virtualized compute, storage, networking, and associated management (cloud) from a single system running on server hardware. Infrastructure and operations managers should view HCI software as a technology capable of meeting the demands of cloud-native, edge, hybrid cloud, and virtual desktop infrastructure use cases.
Key features of HCI software include virtual compute, storage, and networking, using a scalable no-share architecture, all of which can be managed from a single screen. Additional core features of the HCI software are local direct-attached storage (DAS) in each node, high availability (HA) and enterprise-grade mobility for compute and storage, enterprise-grade data services, and a certain level of choice in server and network hardware.
Gartner Peer Insights worked on user reviews to generate insights on top HCI software vendors in 2022. The figure below shows vendors ranked by user interest and adoption and overall rating.
Top HCI Software Vendors
Dell’s HCI offerings help optimize workloads with ease and agility. It improves scalability and efficiency. Deployment can be made flexible. Dell offers deployment options in appliance and rack systems or ready node building blocks. Built on next-generation PowerEdge servers, it delivers cloud-like agility, scalability, and simplified IT management with built-in data protection.
2. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
HPE enables enterprises looking to accelerate innovation and time to market with its HCI solutions to drive unprecedented resiliency, agility, and workload consolidation from IT. HPE offers a portfolio of HCI solutions available as a service through the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform.
HPE SimpliVity enhances rapid backup and recovery capabilities across your entire multisite fleet of devices with a centralized HPE StoreOnce long-term backup appliance and seamless cloud backup through HPE Cloud Volumes Backup. You can meet your challenges by empowering remote workers with a reliable, high-performance, and highly secure virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that can be easily deployed, managed, and scaled. HPE solutions also enable you to accelerate the adoption of agile, cloud-native, and containerized applications.
Azure Stack HCI is a new HCI operating system delivered as an Azure service. It offers the latest security, performance, and hybrid features, including Azure Arc enablement and new management scenarios through the Azure portal. It provides robust host security with a Secured-core server, improves the performance of machine learning models with GPU-enablement, and maximizes the performance of virtual desktop infrastructure. You can improve the efficiency of your storage resource with the new thin provisioning feature.
You can run your choice of hardware, including new embedded systems and validated nodes from various vendors on Azure Stack HCI. Each Azure Stack HCI node has an enabled Azure Arc that seamlessly brings the full power of Azure services to your on-premises locations.
Nutanix HCI solutions deliver improved and consistent performance, reduced data center footprint, increased IT team efficiency and productivity, and maximized infrastructure ROI. It enables faster infrastructure deployment in minutes and supports a wide variety of different hardware platforms. Nutanix HCI software running on each node distributes all operating functions across the cluster. There can be an unlimited number of nodes in a single cluster. With node types having different amounts of storage, CPU, and memory resources, you can run multiple workloads with maximum efficiency.
5. Sangfor Technologies
Sangfor HCI solutions enable data center consolidation by eliminating the complexities and silos of legacy data centers through its innovative software-defined technologies. Sangfor HCI acts as the cornerstone of the enterprise cloud with built-in scalability, reliability and agility. You can run your business applications with high performance and reliability. It provides data protection, backup to disaster recovery, and extended business and cluster continuity at different levels.
6. Calculation to scale
Scale Computing Platform offers simplicity, high availability and scalability. It replaces existing infrastructure and provides high availability for running virtual machines on a single, easy-to-manage platform. HyperCore Scale ComputeMT allows you to go beyond traditional IT silos as your software, servers and storage will be in one fully integrated platform. Scale Computing Fleet Manager allows IT managers to quickly scale from 1 to over 50,000 clusters. IT managers with multiple clusters will be able to reduce their maintenance time by 50% or more.
SmartX HCI consolidates production and disaster recovery environments for different applications and also improves performance. Enterprise applications that depend on a highly reliable infrastructure to ensure business continuity can use SmartX HCI’s comprehensive, stable and reliable platform offering advanced data protection and disaster recovery mechanisms. It can scale easily as workloads increase. SmartX HCI delivers powerful performance, agile architecture, and excellent support for Kubernetes needed for DevOps best practices. SmartX provides an easy-to-scale, cost-effective, and easy-to-manage HCI solution for next-generation enterprise data centers.
StarWind Virtual SAN enables SMB, Enterprise ROBO & Edge to eliminate the need for expensive shared storage. It mirrors internal hard drives and flash between hypervisor servers and ensures constant application availability from just two nodes. It creates powerful and highly available environments at low cost. It can deploy into existing cluster nodes and sync with any hypervisor. It allows maintenance, scaling, and scaling without HCL or downtime.
StarWind HyperConverged All-Flash Appliance is a single solution that combines storage, networking and compute under one comprehensive support umbrella. This will significantly reduce your CapEx and OpEx while increasing ROI.
StorMagic SvSAN simplifies edge storage, easily runs your applications, and provides 100% availability. It eliminates the need for physical SANs. It offers high availability and security with only 2 nodes. Its shared storage works through active-active synchronous mirroring between two servers. Maintaining an exact copy of the data on each server ensures uninterrupted service to the organization in the event a server fails or goes offline. StorMagic SvSAN also supports virtual machines and containers and runs on any x86 server, any type of storage and CPU.
VMware HCI provides agile infrastructure options including vSAN and VMware Cloud Foundation. VMware vSAN is a software-defined distributed storage solution. It is backed by a rich partner ecosystem, more than 500 vSAN-ready nodes, and appliance offerings from Dell (VxRail), Lenovo, Fujitsu, and Hitachi.
VMware Cloud Foundation brings together VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX and vRealize Suite in a natively integrated stack. It provides an enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure with unique automation and management capabilities to deliver a consistent operational experience across all clouds.
The agile computing platform of VMware HCI solutions enables employees to work remotely and scale both on-premises and in the public cloud with peak capacity. It simplifies disaster recovery (DR) in the event of site-wide outages.
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