Perks of Hyper Converged Infrastructure as an Enterprise Storage Solution

Perks of Hyper Converged Infrastructure as an Enterprise Storage Solution

Perks of Hyper Converged Infrastructure as an Enterprise Storage Solution
Hyper Converged Infrastructure

Hyperconvergence delivers an agile, flexible, easily manageable, and scalable storage option to enterprises.
Worldwide digital transformation has led to the decay and eradication of the paper environment. Almost every organization, business, and industry have moved to the digital environment. Every organization has workstations, personal computers, tablets, and software helping them improve business productivity and profitability.

This has led to the continuous creation and growth of the global data footprint. Every business is generating tons of data and this enterprise data is growing without limits. Consequently, this is challenging for business owners to come up with an effective way to handle, manage, control, store, and retain large volumes of enterprise data.
Examples of Enterprise Storage Solutions: NAS, SAN, Converged, and Hyper converged Storage Solutions

What kind of enterprise storage solutions do businesses have to help them with their large volumes of data?

  • Examples of enterprise storage solutions include: Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances, Storage Area Network (SAN) appliances, Unified Converged Storage Appliances, and Hyper converged Storage Infrastructures (HCIs).
  • Examples of NAS: Dell EMC, HPE, StoneFly SSO™ NAS.
  • Examples of SAN: QSAN, mirror SAN Appliance, HP SAN Appliances, StoneFly SAN Storage Appliances.
  • Examples of Unified Converged Storage: Lenovo Unified Storage, Oracle Unified Storage, StoneFly USO™ Storage.
  • Examples of Hyper converged Infrastructures (HCI): Nutanix, NetApp, Dell EMC, StoneFly USS™ Hyper converged.


  • In this article, we’re looking closely at hyper-convergence and HCIs.
  • Please bear in mind, there are no “one shoe fits all” when it comes to enterprise storage solutions. What works for one may not work for the other.
  • It’s recommended to first analyze and understand business requirements before selecting a storage infrastructure for your enterprise data.
  • Hyper-convergence and Hyper converged Infrastructure (HCI)
  • Let’s familiarize ourselves with hyper-convergence and HCI, before looking at its effective role as an enterprise storage solution.

What is hyper convergence and HCI?

  • Hyper-convergence combines network, computer, and storage in a single storage system along with virtualization technology (via hypervisors).
  • Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), as the term implies, is an infrastructure based-off of hyper-convergence.
  • Hyper-convergence started small with Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDIs). However, the potential of hyper-converged technology opened the doors for several startups like Nutanix, Pivot3, and incentivized industry leaders like Dell, HPE, NetApp to come up with enterprise servers for large volumes of enterprise data.

What are the benefits of HCI for an enterprise?

  • Leveraging HCI for enterprise workloads helps organizations with a number of challenges. Let’s discuss some of the noticeable ones.
  • Smaller Infrastructures – Greater Throughput and Usability
  • Organizations, depending on the industry and their business, need different kinds of storage for different types of workloads.
  • For instance, they need SAN appliances for block storage and development and test environments.
  • For long term storage or file storage, they need NAS appliances.
  • Instead of setting up dedicated hardware and spending unnecessary resources, HCIs enables organizations to facilitate a variety of workloads in a consolidated system by using virtualization layers.

For Example: VMware ESX/ESXi hypervisor enables users to setup vSAN and vNAS (virtual SAN and
virtual NAS) on a virtualized storage system. This implies that enterprises can support different types of workloads on one hardware.
In turn, this reduces the size of the infrastructure needed and improves throughput and usability. HCIs are one storage system with multiple uses.

Flexibility and Scalability

  • Compared to physical hardware, virtual resources are more flexible and scalable.
  • Enterprise data is guaranteed to grow. However, thick provisioning isn’t a good strategy because it’s costly
  • and resources are used beforehand as they sit idly, waiting to be consumed in the future.
  • Virtual resources, deployed on HCI, are comparatively easier to scale. Enterprises can add more storage or repurpose it if necessary.
  • Faster Storage Provisioning – Easier Management

        • Similarly, virtual resources can be provisioned a lot quicker than physical hardware.
        • This also helps speed up enterprise storage provisioning for end users, departments, applications, and projects.
        • Virtual resources are also easily manageable. Instead of monitoring physical hardware conditions, IT administrators can focus on the virtual storage repositories and the enterprise data.
        • Most HCI vendors offer a centralized management interface to manage all storage resources easily and efficiently.

    HCI Costs Less – If Done Right

        • HCI has the potential to replace dedicated hardware. However, this varies on a case-by-case basis. Some enterprises prefer dedicated hardware for their usage.
        • Considering that HCI can potentially replace dedicated NAS and SAN hardware, this means that it can reduce the cost quite a bit. Storage provisioning is faster, management is easier, and dynamic resources aren’t consumed as much as they would be in the case of larger infrastructures; this accumulates to smaller costs.

    Please Note: HCI is in no way a replacement for SAN and NAS storage solutions. Each enterprise storage solution has its usage and application.
    Is HCI enough for your business? Or do you need SAN and SAN solutions? We recommend consulting storage experts to answer these questions before making a decision.


    Hyper-Converged Infrastructures (HCIs) have the potential to be a good fit for numerous enterprise use-cases and applications.
    HCIs are efficient, easily manageable, and cost-effective. This makes them more desirable for an enterprise whose core operations aren’t IT.