Hyper-converged storage is a software-defined approach to storage management that combines storage, compute, networking and virtualization technologies in one physical unit that is managed as a single system.
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Hyper-converged technologies appeal to storage managers because it gives them greater control over storage provisioning in a virtual server environment. In addition to providing administrators with single pane of glass management capabilities, hyper-converged storage nodes can be connected and scale out horizontally. This allows administrators to create a distributed storage infrastructure in which direct-attached storage (DAS) components from each physical server are combined to create a logical pool of disk capacity.
Hyper-converged solutions can be delivered either as appliances, providing both the hardware and the software, or as software-only products. The Nutanix Virtual Compute Platform and SimpliVity OmniCube were early players in the hyper-converged storage market. Maxta Software (Maxta Storage Platform), Scale Computing (HC3), VMware (Virtual SAN), Nimboxx (Atomic Unit Hardware) and Pivot3 (vSTAC) also have hyper-converged storage products.
See also: hyper-convergence
To help you figure out which hyper-converged appliance is right for you, first explore what the vendors can do and then take a look at our in-depth product descriptions for some of the top hyper-converged product vendors in the market today: HyperGrid, HPE, Maxta, Nutanix, Pivot3, Scale Computing, SimpliVity, Stratoscale and VMware.