Form Unprecedented Hyper-Converged Infrastructure w/ HPE Gen10 Servers + Windows Server 2019

Small and midsize businesses need IT solutions that are affordable and can grow as they evolve. This is just one reason that Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions are quickly gaining momentum with SMBs. But what is HCI and how does it help business?

HCI allows organizations to consolidate the virtualization components such as compute, software defined storage, and networking on a single set of cluster nodes to simplify IT while improving performance, scalability, and reliability. According to “Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for Dummies”, HCI benefits include:

  • Data efficiency: HCI reduces storage, bandwidth, and IOPS requirements
  • Elasticity: HCI makes it easier to scale out/in resources as required by business demands
  • Workload-centricity: A focus on the workloads as the cornerstone of enterprise IT, with all supporting constructs focused on applications
  • Data protection: ensuring data restoration in the event of loss or corruption is a key IT requirement, made far easier by HCI
  • VM mobility: HCI enables greater application/workload mobility
  • Resiliency: HCI enables higher levels of data availability than possible in legacy systems
  • Cost efficiency: HCI brings to IT a sustainable step-based economic model that eliminates waste

Hyper-converged features introduced in Windows Server 2016 helped change the way IT pros scaled storage and compute. Now, advanced technology introduced in Windows Server 2019 such as enhanced Storage Spaces Direct, Storage Class Memory, Cluster Wide Monitoring, and Persistent Memory Support, delivers even faster time to value. And Windows Server 2019 features new, simplified management of HCI deployments with Windows Admin Center, an elegant, browser-based platform that converges resource visibility and management as well as Azure extension.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft are working together to help customers take advantage of HCI and have partnered to create HPE Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and HPE Windows Server 2016 WSSD Solutions, ready-to-go solution configurations, based on specific HPE ProLiant Servers and components which are tested, optimized, and validated with Windows Server Datacenter’s Storage Spaces Direct to deliver reliable solid performance, and high availability for HCI. Organizations can get up and running quickly and reliably with HPE Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI that feature the same software-defined compute, storage, and networking capabilities as Azure Stack, while meeting similar rigorous validation requirements.

Bottom line? With HPE and Microsoft SMBs can hyper-converge with confidence.

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