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Examining the HyperGrid HCI appliance family

With the family of HCI appliances from HyperGrid, organizations receive modular hyper-converged storage and computing either on premises or in the cloud.

HyperGrid Inc. provides businesses with a hyper-converged infrastructure and customized appliances that offer modular, stackable processing for compute, storage and networking capabilities.

HyperGrid (formerly Gridstore and DCHQ) lists its hyper-converged infrastructure products as HCI as a service suite that brings automated application deployment and management across various cloud and container infrastructures.

Features

The HyperGrid product family includes the following:

HyperForm (formerly the DCHQ platform) provides end-to-end lifecycle management and orchestration for traditional and cloud-based applications. It's available as an on-premises or software-as-a-service platform.

HyperVue is a management stack that operates through a single-pane-of-glass console for infrastructure, virtual machines (VMs) and cluster lifecycle management for on-premises or hosted deployments of HyperGrid for all HCI elements (compute, network and storage).

HyperWeave is a scale-out infrastructure fabric that offers cloud efficiencies for traditional and cloud-based applications.

HyperConverged Appliance bundles all of the above elements into a turnkey HCI appliance. The minimum configuration is three nodes, and the appliance handles up to 256 nodes with 6 PB of storage capacity.

The HyperConverged Appliance works with Microsoft Hyper-V and offers migration tools to help companies move VMs from VMware to Hyper-V.

Simplicity and complexity

HyperGrid offers a variety of HCI appliance configurations. The product information specifically addresses server consolidation, compute and storage refresh in a data center environment, virtual desktop infrastructure and private cloud deployment. The products get high ratings from reference customers for simplicity of design, installation and use.

Clarity and intelligibility

HyperGrid organizes information about its HCI appliances on its website and offers copious descriptions, case studies, data sheets and even a downloadable HCI InfoPak that includes a webinar, case study, analyst report and product brief.

Building blocks

Options available for the HCI appliance include three different dual processor models, each configurable from 32 GB to 1 TB of RAM, and dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Storage options vary from 960 GB for mixed workloads, and either 1,920 GB or 3,840 GB for read-intensive workloads. These models are all-flash compute/storage nodes. Additional storage is available in the form of an all-flash, storage-only node. While a minimum of three nodes is required, the vendor recommends four nodes for reliability and failover support.

Overhead and efficiency

The HyperGrid software operates at the kernel level and uses erasure coding to capture and protect data before it leaves the host. It breaks a block of I/O into fragments in the process, using an n/k algorithm (n fragments in total, or which up to k may be lost without compromising data integrity). Fragments are distributed in parallel to n different resource controllers in the grid of available nodes. This method provides protection against component failures, communications failures and entire node failures. One customer who has run a proof-of-concept comparison gave the vendor high marks for performance, simplicity and integration with Microsoft OSes and platforms.

Pricing and licensing

Companies can purchase appliances and build their own HyperGrid environments on premises. The vendor also offers cloud-based HCIaaS on a pay-as-you-go basis to customers who are not interested in acquiring and managing hardware, or who want to trade capital expenditures for operating expenses.

Pricing information is available upon request from the vendor.

Support

All support services are available year round and are charged on an annual basis. Two support plans are available.

Standard service is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST or 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. GMT. It includes software upgrades, engineering escalation, next-day component delivery for hardware repairs and system RMA.

Premium service runs 24/7 and adds direct or phone support from HyperGrid representatives for hardware repair or replacement. There is an advanced support add-on to expedite service in case of any problems necessitating hardware replacement.

Special features and capabilities

HyperGrid offers standard HCI nodes that support basic increments of compute, storage and networking. It also offers storage-only and graphics-intensive nodes. All nodes can be easily mixed and matched.

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This was last published in October 2016

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