What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure?

Combine storage, compute, and networking into a single system with hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). This simplified solution uses software and x86 servers to replace expensive, purpose-built hardware. With hyperconverged infrastructure, you’ll decrease data center complexity and increase scalability. 

Traditional three-tier architecture is expensive to build, complex to operate, and difficult to scale. Don't wait for IT infrastructure to support your application demands. Adopt HCI without losing control, increasing costs, or compromising security.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Explained 

Why Should You Evolve to HCI?

Learn more about hyperconverged infrastructure, the benefits of making the switch, and how to get started.

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Top Use Cases for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Uncover the biggest HCI trends, top use cases, and most deployed workloads of 2019.

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure Infographic

How Does Hyperconverged Infrastructure Work?

  • All critical data center functions run on a tightly integrated software layer, as opposed to purpose-built hardware. 
  • Three software components make up a hyperconverged platform: storage virtualization, compute virtualization, and management.
  • The virtualization software abstracts and pools the underlying resources, then dynamically allocates them to applications running in VMs or containers. 
  • Configuration is based on policies aligned with the applications, eliminating the need for complicated constructs like LUNs and volumes. 
  • Advanced management features further reduce manual tasks and help automate entire operations.

What Is the Difference Between Hyperconverged and Converged Infrastructure?

Hyperconverged and converged IT infrastructures both integrate the four components of a data center. While hyperconverged systems accomplish this through software, making it hardware-agnostic, converged solutions rely on hardware. A converged infrastructure data center uses many of the same products as traditional IT, just with a simplified architecture and easier management.

Advantages of Hyperconvergence vs. Traditional, Three Tier-Architecture

HCI transforms the traditional IT operational model with simple, unified management of resources. This results in:

HCI Makes Operations Simpler

Simpler Operations

Eliminate manual processes and the need for siloed operational expertise on your team. Now, a single, converged IT team can monitor and manage compute and storage resources, freeing up precious staff time.

Lower Costs with HCI

Lower Costs

Reduce your CAPEX by using a scale-up/scale-out architecture that requires only industry-standard x86 servers, not expensive, purpose-built networking. Then simply add capacity as needed with no disruptions.

Greater Agility with HCI

Greater Agility

Be more responsive to rapidly changing business needs. Set up hardware in a few hours; spin up workloads in minutes. Accelerate the performance of business-critical applications like relational databases.

Evaluating Hyperconverged Infrastructure? Three Things to Consider 

Why hyperconverged infrastructure?

When you eliminate traditional IT silos and manage everything from a single tool, the result is lower OPEX and CAPEX associated with running your IT infrastructure. And with hyperconverged infrastructure, you don’t have to sacrifice security, flexibility, or scalability. Learn why VMware hyperconverged infrastructure has the most HCI customers in production worldwide in this infographic.


How will it integrate with your existing environment?

To deliver most value and ultimately a path to the complete software‐defined data center (SDDC), a hyperconverged infrastructure solution shouldn’t be tied to a specific hardware platform. VMware HCI allows you the maximum choice and flexibility, with the freedom to choose your preferred platform, fully integrate with your existing infrastructure, and protect and optimize existing investments.


Can the solution efficiently and cost-effectively grow when, where, and how you need it?

Data center scaling can be a costly, complicated process. VMware hyperconverged infrastructure is designed for simplicity and scalability so that you can be more responsive to rapidly changing business needs. Only VMware has the complete set of offerings for a fully software-defined data center in production today. This means the agility to deploy applications, standardize IT across environments, and future-proof your IT for public clouds.

What Are the Organizational Impacts of Adopting HCI?

Hear how HCI improves ease of management, use, and more from VMware’s Lee Caswell and IDC’s Eric Burgener.

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The Most Trusted Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution


The industry-leading virtualization platform that provides a common operating environment across hybrid cloud.


The only vSphere-embedded, flash-optimized storage for virtual machines and containers that reduces TCO by as much as 50%.

vCenter Server

A centralized platform that gives you visibility, efficient management at scale, and extensibility—all from a single console.

Benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure Powered by vSAN

Simple Evolution to Full Stack HCI

  • Stay native to your hypervisor and leading clouds
  • Use existing virtualization tools
  • Protect and optimize current investments

Broadest Flexibility

  • Get certified solutions with your preferred vendor
  • Enjoy day one support for the latest technologies
  • Unify resources under policy-based management

Multi-Cloud Capabilities

  • Ensure consistent operations from edge to core to cloud
  • Gain intrinsic security for data at rest and in flight
  • Choose from hundreds of public cloud providers

Customer Success with VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure

HCI is well-suited to a wide range of use cases, from business‐critical applications (BCAs) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to disaster recovery and more. See how VMware-powered HCI delivers simplicity, cost savings, and scalability for our customers.

Anytime, Anywhere Deployment for Cubic

“We’re using vSAN for hyperconverged infrastructure because of its reliability; it’s stable and lives depend on it. VMware systems are designed to just keep running…it’s an unstoppable system.”

– Tom Lynott, Director of Software Architecture

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Harro Höfliger Achieves Greater Agility with Hyperconverged Infrastructure

“Overall, we’re extremely satisfied with the performance, high availability, manageability and scalability of our new hyper- converged infrastructure, thanks to the Fujitsu Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN.”

- Karsten Ehrlich, Division Leader of IT, Harro Höfliger

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Angel MedFlight Saves Patients’ Lives at 40,000 Feet

“Without VMware, I don't think that we would have the up time or the reliability to be able to perform what we do at 40,000 feet on a global scale and do what we do best, save patient lives.”

- Paul Green, CIO, Angel MedFlight

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Get Started with Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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Ready to get started on the simplest path toward hyperconverged infrastructure and hybrid cloud? Start by evaluating the readiness of your current environment for HCI with a free, online assessment.

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More About Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Moving from Traditional Architecture to Hyperconverged Infrastructure  

Check out the infographic to see why more organizations are making the switch to address today’s IT challenges.

vSAN is the Leading Software for HCI  

Learn more about the only vSphere-native, flash-optimized storage for private and public cloud deployments.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Dummies  

Understand what HCI is all about, how you can get started, and where you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck in this Dummies guide.

HCI Deployment Options  

Find out which factors to consider when deploying hyperconverged infrastructure, explore the countless options, and then choose the one that’s right for you.

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