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Gridstore HyperConverged Appliance (HCA)

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

Gridstore HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is a flash storage device that also includes compute, networking and virtualization resources. Gridstore's product was designed for Microsoft's "cloud-inspired" storage environment.

Hyper-converged appliances integrate and coordinate resources through a software-centric architecture, in a single commodity hardware box.  A hyper-converged system is said to offer improvements in scalability, performance, management and potential VM density over a converged infrastructure system. Deployment is facilitated and compatibility issues minimized because the technologies are generally provided by a single vendor and designed to work together.

HCA combines Gridstore's Windows 2012 R2-based storage nodes with servers a single device. Gridstore's vController operates in the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor. Customers can scale storage by adding nodes; to also scale compute resources, they can add further appliances.

This was last updated in September 2015

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