What is Disaggregated Hyperconverged Infrastructure (dHCI)?

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Everything in life needs balance: Work with relaxation, exercise with rest, coffee with wa– … is there such a thing as too much coffee? Anyway, you get the picture.

By applying the right proportions, we’re getting what we need while avoiding the issues that can arise when the scale goes too far in one direction.

And we’re recognising balance now more than ever – through hybrid working, through sustainability – and through IT. By bringing in balance, we can achieve greater data mobility between on-prem and cloud, simplified management without the loss of control, compliance without limitations and choice without expense.

And why is this important you ask? Because balance doesn’t give us everything at once – it gives us what we need. What we need to grow and what we need to get things right.

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What is dHCI?

dHCI employs this very concept of balance. It carries the benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure but with greater control over the proportions of storage and compute as you scale.

Think back to the traditional IT stack; here we gain greater control, but greater management is required, a greater number of resources and overall, a greater TCO – all things considered.

Then came along Converged Infrastructure, which was the initial move to more simplified infrastructure management and finally, came Hyperconverged – which is a more condensed, simplified, scalable and modernised approach to infrastructure than where we first started.

But before we delve into dHCI and what it brings to the proverbial table, let’s examine hyperconverged infrastructure.


What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)?

Hyperconverged gives businesses a simpler way forward and has many benefits including:

  • An overall lower TCO
  • Simplified management
  • Modern, cloud first hardware
  • Easy to scale
  • Software defined storage
  • Virtualised networking
  • The option to redeploy your resources i.e. less time fixing problems and more time generating value

But Hyperconverged has been around for over a decade and like with anything, there is some room for improvement.

Scalability in particular, is one of the many benefits of HCI. However, compute and storage go hand in hand. So, if for example, you are looking for more storage but not necessarily more compute, you don’t have the option to scale in a more proportionate manner.

Enter Disaggregated Hyperconverged Infrastructure.


What is HPE Nimble Storage dHCI?

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is HPE’s answer to Disaggregated Hyperconverged Infrastructure. It is an intelligent platform that disaggregates compute and storage, as well as integrates hyperconverged control for simplified management on a flexible architecture.

It’s easy to navigate, supports demanding applications and is specifically built for efficiency at scale.


What are the benefits of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI?

  • Intelligently simple: Automated and on-demand with full-stack intelligence and policy-based automation for VM-centric management.
  • Absolutely resilient: Designed for 99.9999% availability with all-flash speed and sub-ms latency for always-on apps.
  • Efficiently scalable: Grow compute and storage independently, extended across a hybrid cloud, with industry-leading data efficiency.
  • Cloud experience: HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is now available through HPE GreenLake, delivering virtual machine as-a-service that accelerates time to value and simplifies IT management. As a cloud consumption experience, you pay monthly for what you use, convert capital to operating expense, and scale compute and storage on-demand.


It’s also:

  • Simple to deploy—15 minutes rack-to-apps with server and storage automation
    10x Faster application performance.
  • Simple to support—Predictive support automation and problem prevention.


Who is dHCI suitable for?

HPE’s Nimble Storage dHCI as a suitable option if:

  • You are looking to get away from complex management silos and are looking for a new approach for consuming virtual infrastructure.
  • You want greater data mobility and want the ability to self-upgrade and self-install.
  • You want a VM-centric unified management for your entire infrastructure stack.
  • You are looking for a better support experience.
  • You need to accelerate application deployment.
  • You want to avoid disruptions and deliver fast and predictable application performance.
  • You are considering containerised workloads as part of a hybrid cloud initiative.


Composable infrastructure

Every business is different. And dHCI isn’t going to be right for everyone.

In composable infrastructure, compute, storage and networking resources are abstracted from their physical locations and can be managed by software through a web-based interface. Doing this makes data centre resources as readily available as cloud services and provides a clear foundation for private and hybrid cloud solutions.

Composable infrastructure can be used effectively in a variety of circumstances, but it’s particularly useful when you need to keep running some applications on bare metal rather than on virtualised infrastructure.


Find out more

Whether you’re considering traditional, HCI, dHCI or Composable architecture, our experts can help you with any questions you may have – covering anything from cost and deployment to the technical ins and outs that you need to know before you make any decisions. If you would like to discuss your options in further detail, just get in touch.

And if you would like to know more about our work with HPE technologies, head over to our partner page.