Blog4 Key Features of the NetApp Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) Solution

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) Solution

Late last year, we published a blog post – Hyperconverged Infrastructure: Organizational Benefits and Industry Performers. In it, we highlighted some compelling benefits to adopting HCI. They were:

  • Consistent and common management platform. Without the siloes currently found in most data center technologies and platforms, hyperconverged infrastructures help you streamline your IT staff and train them more effectively.
  • A clear and more efficient path to 100Gbs. Performance upgrades are easier to implement with the common protocols and fabrics inherent in a hyperconverged infrastructure.
  • Improved data center scalability and flexibility. Hyperconverged infrastructures deliver the scalability and flexibility that help you meet internal needs for other on-demand services or private cloud computing solutions.
  • Faster resource provisioning. With hyperconverged systems, application deployment is easier and faster, helping you meet internal client needs without affecting service level agreements (SLAs).
  • Lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Improved automation means that cumbersome manual processes are eliminated, reducing the number of required man hours and driving down TCO.
  • Better organizational agility. All of these benefits ultimately deliver a nimbler organization that can react to market demands quickly, creating a competitive advantage.

At about that same time, IDC released a third-party overview of NetApp’s HCI portfolio and highlighted some key features that are worth sharing.

  1. Workload protection. NetApp HCI allows for the consolidation of many applications on multiple workloads, rather than create silos from just a single workload. The key is the underlying storage technology – Element software, which also delivers integration capabilities such as integrated replication, data protection, data reduction, and high-availability services. As IDC adds: Another highlight is Element software’s API integrations on VMware stack, allowing simple centralized management through a vCenter plug-in that gives full visibility and control ©2018 IDC #US44409918 6 over the entire infrastructure.
  2. Independent scaling. NetApp HCI lets you scale compute and storage nodes independently with a simplified choice of small, medium, or large nodes. IDC believes that this independent and granular scaling eliminates overprovisioning resources, a common issue with linear scaling.
  3. NetApp Data Fabric. This is NetApp’s unified suite of data services, and based on their enterprise class ONTAP software, data fabric helps move data securely and easily between locations, architectures, and cloud platforms. Bringing Data Fabric to their HCI solution, NetApp can eliminate management silos.
  4. Automated deployment and management. The NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) is a fixture of their HCI solution and according to IDC, reduces nearly 400 manual deployment steps down to less than 30 highly automated steps. A plugin also will provide full integration with VMware vCenter.

If you’re considering hyperconverged infrastructure as part of your data center modernization efforts, consider a Unified Computing Technology Workshop. In this workshop, we’ll address your questions in the context of your current application infrastructure and discuss where you are on the virtualization deployment curve, helping you make the best decisions.

About the Author

Mark Teter

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

In his role, Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of ASG’s emerging technology offerings and advancing the deployment of present-day hybrid cloud solutions for our customers. Mark was previously with ASG from, 1995 through 2013, as CTO. During that time, he helped Fortune 1000 companies understand how to build, deploy and manage large data center computing infrastructures. Mark has served as Faculty Staff Member at Colorado State University and has written over 50 white papers on subjects including Data Center Ethernet, Linux and Open Source, Storage Area Networks and Computer Virtualization. He published Paradigm Shift in 2006, a book on emerging technologies.