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The pros and cons of hyper-converged solutions

Rob Enderle | March 21, 2016
Though hyper-converged solutions are currently very popular, columnist Rob Enderle writes that despite how flexible and powerful they can be, there are issues.

Now one other thing I just find kind of annoying is that hyper-converged should include everything that is in the data center. I’ve seen folks pitch hyper-converged as commodity servers and storage, leaving out networking. But most annoying is that only one vendor seems to include telephony even though we are increasingly turning to VoIP solutions and requiring the same kind of monitoring and controls over phone calls in many industries that we place on digital forms of communication.

In addition, and for some time, security breaches start with a phone call that an employee believes is coming from a trusted source often inside the company, but instead is coming from an attacker outside the company who then gets information on how to penetrate the firm’s data security.

My view is that hyper-converged solutions should at least have the option to include telephony if only for security and reporting reasons alone, yet this is almost never done.  

What makes a hyper-converged solution work

As you would expect, a hyper-converged solution is a really good path to create a data center in a box, basically a near complete enterprise data appliance.   But what makes it work is a massive amount of up front testing, which slows the path of technology to market. This works against firms who have point requirements pushing the technology envelope. So for those problems the more traditional approach of deploying cutting edge servers, storage and even networking will likely provide better results.

In addition, all hyper-converged solutions aren’t created equal. Start with a solid specification and you’ll likely find some vendors perform better against it than others.


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