The latest form factor, hyper-converged infrastructure, seems to be storming through the data center market like a thundering donkey with a rainbow laser cannon. Join the Datanauts as they pick apart the pros and cons of hyper-converged, ramble on about architecture and design challenges, and shine a piercing light into a dark and murky corner of the next generation data center!
What we discuss…more or less.
- High level overview of hyper-converged infrastructure
- Is this a technical name, marketing name, or neither?
- Some historical details would be superb.
- What traits makes a platform hyper-converged?
- Is this a software-defined thing? Such as software defined storage in a new package?
- What food groups are represented by HCI? Such as storage and compute, but not network.
- Platform decision points
- What advantages do the hyper-converged model provide versus status quo, converged, reference architecture, and so on?
- How does one manage such a system on a day-2 basis?
- Use cases
- Any particular vertical or application that makes a great fit?
- What doesn’t fit well?
- Design stories / war wounds
- Is the technology mature enough for enterprise customers?
- Is this an SMB / mid-tier play?
- How long does it take before we do trust this platform?
- What data do I need to create a design?
- Scale limitations
- What sort of size can I expect to reach with HCI?
- Is scale vendor driven or generic to HCI?
- Is this a single data center, multiple data center, or in between model?
- Software solutions versus hardware + software solutions
- Who are the players in this space?
- Why would I want to roll my own HCI versus buying a solution?
- Does it even matter, are they both so easy that it’s 6 of one, ½ dozen of the other?
- What are the analysts saying about HCI?
- What’s the hyper convergence value add beyond the hardware?
- Isn’t it all just COTS components anyway?
- Partnerships in the field (e.g. Dell XC, Cisco)
- Scott D. Lowe
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