Robert Sheldon gives us a primer on hyperconverged infrastructure:
A growing number of organizations have deployed hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems in an effort to simplify IT operations, better utilize resources, and lower costs. They might house the systems in their own data centers, colocation facilities, edge environments, or office closets. Regardless of the location, many of the organizations are running SQL Server on their HCI systems, often alongside other applications. Although it means deploying SQL Server to a virtualized environment, such a practice has become fairly common, especially with the advent of the cloud. This article covers hyperconvergence, another option for SQL Server.
Despite how common hyperconvergence has become, some IT teams might still not be familiar with HCI or are familiar with HCI but have not deployed SQL Server to an HCI platform. In either case, they might now be considering HCI for SQL Server and need to better understand what this looks like before deciding on new infrastructure. Although HCI can make it easier to provide a platform for SQL Server, decision-makers should know what they’re getting into before going down this route.
Click through to learn more about hyperconverged infrastructure and where it can help (or hurt).