HyperConvergence is a term being used by multiple technology organizations and with varied definitions. It's similar to the term "Cloud," which also carries a different meaning for various companies. This can be very confusing for companies looking at new technologies to improve their businesses, especially if the very same technology companies have different descriptions for HyperConvergence.
I've come to learn that a truly HyperConverged environment is one that has been able to "converge" all of the devices and applications (IT infrastructure) below the hypervisor into one "hyperconverged" appliance. The diagram below shows how one company, SimpliVity, has done this with their OmniCube. This provides cloud like economics with enterprise capabilities. Anything less than this is not a HyperConverged solution, but merely a converged solution.
A HyperConverged solution provides these key benefits:
Data efficiency: Hyperconverged infrastructure reduces storage, bandwidth, and IOPS requirements.
Elasticity: Hyperconvergence makes it easy to scale out/in resources as required by business demands.
VM-centricity:- A focus on the virtual machine (VM) or workload as the cornerstone of enterprise IT, with all supporting constructs revolving around individual VMs.
Data protection: Ensuring that data can be restored in the event of loss or corruption is a key IT requirement, made far easier by hyperconverged infrastructure.
VM mobility: Hyperconvergence enables greater application/workload mobility.
High availability: Hyperconvergence enables higher levels of availability than possible in legacy systems.
Cost efficiency: Hyperconverged infrastructure brings to IT a sustainable step-based economic model that eliminates waste.
HyperConvergence minimizes the data center footprint while also bringing simplicity to the ever increasing complexity of these same data centers.
The results are significant and include lower CAPEX as a result of lower upfront prices for infrastructure, lower OPEX through reductions in operational expenses and personnel, and faster time-to-value for new business needs.