HyperGrid Hyper-Converged Appliance FAQ

Most Common Inquiries

Our customers and prospective customers have posed some great questions about HyperGrid VDI and Hyper-V storage solutions. This page serves as a quick reference for some of the most common inquiries, and will continue to evolve as we encounter new use cases and innovative integrations that push the boundaries of Windows data center architecture.

What is a "hyper-converged appliance"?

That phrase refers to the convergence of storage and compute resources in a configuration that replaces sprawling hardware with a single appliance (or small appliance network) in the data center. This gives IT a proverbial single pane of glass for managing all virtualization and related storage operations, which improves both costs and overall service availability.

Isn't this sort of thing already on the market?

Convergence in some sense is at least as old as the earliest virtualization software, and hyper-converged infrastructure has been a significant trend as of late. However, even among various converged appliances, only HyperGrid provides the performance of all-flash storage in a native, kernel-level Windows integration.

Wouldn't commodity hardware be more cost-effective, even if not quite as fancy?

In short: probably not. Whatever the specifics of a given use case, it's important to remember that commodity hardware-based solutions generally lack HyperGrid's level of fault tolerance. This makes more duplication necessary, which expands the volume of data, thus increasing hardware expenditures as well as the complexity (and therefore cost) of setup and management.

Conversely, HyperGrid's architecture allows for ultra-efficient use of purpose-built hardware, which adds up to higher performance and less hardware to manage for the same amount of data.

What are the most common use cases for HyperGrid HCAs?

The details can vary quite a bit between organizations, but we most often see HyperGrid used for Windows VDI infrastructure, Hyper-V storage and QoS management, and so-called "cloud-in-a-box" scenarios. If there's one common thread between all use cases, it's the need for scalable, centralized management of Windows-based services. Whatever the business purpose(s) of your virtual Windows infrastructure, HyperGrid's basic objective is to make it simpler, more reliable, and more cost-effective.

How does scalability work? What sort of constraints will I run into?

For some users, flexible scaling is the single best argument for an HCA. Traditional VDI infrastructure may require compute and storage to scale simultaneously, which is hardly ever optimal. Storage requirements generally grow several times faster, which means that either a) compute grows at an outlandish pace or b) storage lags behind current needs in order to minimize scaling costs. With a HyperGrid HCA, independent compute and storage eliminate this issue, allowing IT to raise them separately, at whatever pace the organization requires, without disproportionate cost or complexity.

HCAs sound like pretty clever technology, but do they actually make life easier in IT?

As a steward of your organization's mission-critical data, making life easier in IT lets you provide better, faster, and more innovative service across the organization. Take a moment and envision running your data center with the following:

  • Independence from arcane architectures and niche hardware
  • The freedom to scale storage and compute at whatever rate makes sense, without conflicting hardware requirements
  • One screen to manage every facet of your virtual infrastructure, including precise QoS for your most essential applications

The fundamental purpose of HCAs is to make these benefits and simplifications possible for all enterprises, regardless of their size or complexity. Whether as a technical or business leader, if you're curious how HyperGrid can positively impact your operations, then reach out today to learn more.

This all makes sense, but I need much more technical detail and budget/ROI information. Can you help?

We'd be happy to. The fastest way to get hold of a virtualization expert at Paperless Productivity® is to call us at (888) 838-0042 and schedule a free consultation, or to send us a little more information about your questions, requirements, and/or current data center architecture. We look forward to being of assistance.

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