Chapter 7

Hyperconverged Infrastructure

IN THIS CHAPTER

Bullet Understanding hyperconvergence

Bullet Examining how deduplication works

Bullet Integrating backups into your HCI system

Bullet Incorporating HCI into your network plan

One of the newest trends in IT architecture is called hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). HCI is an attempt to solve some of the most vexing problems in IT infrastructure, including the complexity of managing explosive growth in capacity and performance requirements. I don’t know about you, but it seems like just a few years ago, 100GB was a lot of data. Now 100GB is just a spoonful of data, and terabytes are the norm. Managing dozens or hundreds of terabytes of data with traditional virtualization based on host servers and storage area network (SAN) storage arrays is getting more and more difficult.

In this chapter, I present just an overview of what HCI is and how it can impact your overall IT architecture.

Considering the Headaches of Traditional IT Architecture

Hyperconvergence isn’t just hype: It’s designed to solve real-world IT problems. Before I look at the details of what ...

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