Hyperconverged storage is one facet of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), in which storage is bundled with compute and networking in a single virtualized system. With this software-defined approach, flexible pools of storage replace dedicated hardware. Each node includes a software layer that virtualizes the resources in the node and shares them across all the nodes in a cluster, creating one large storage pool. Software-defined networking (SDN) and load balancing determine which hardware to serve requests from.
Hyperconverged storage makes it easier for administrators to manage resources and lower total cost of ownership for storage—securing better pricing on storage than from public cloud service providers in many situations.
Hyperconverged storage delivers key advantages over traditional and legacy systems:
Potential Cons of Hyperconverged Storage: