This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Hyper-converged infrastructure options, vendors and installation tips
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Hyper-convergence (hyperconvergence) is a type of infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies from scratch in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor.

A hyper-converged system allows the integrated technologies to be managed as a single system through a common toolset. Hyper-converged systems can be expanded through the addition of  nodes to the base unit. Common use cases include virtualized workloads.

Hyper-convergence grew out of the concept of converged infrastructure. Under the converged infrastructure approach, a vendor provides a pre-configured bundle of hardware and software in a single chassis with the goal of minimizing compatibility issues and simplifying management. If required, however, the technologies in a converged infrastructure can be separated and used independently.  The technologies in a hyper-converged infrastructure, however, are so integrated that they can not be broken down into separate components. 

This was last updated in April 2014

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This is a great breakthrough in technology in power and overall efficiency, both from a storage perspective and much more. I've done consulting for enterprise level companies down to medium companies and all in between who have benefited from migrating to a hyperconvergence setup. Having the ability to add nodes as needed is a great feature and I think this architecture should be considered by any entity looking to upgrade and streamline their infrastructure.

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Joe Karns, CXO


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