An in-depth look at converged and hyper-converged technology for VDI

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Choose converged or hyper-converged infrastructure to simplify VDI

"Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun." That's a Big Mac. That's all it is. Outside of the special sauce, it's pretty simple, and it's definitely cost-effective.

I am not the biggest fan of fast food restaurants, but I have to respect the concept of cost-effective, simple food that keeps people coming back for more. People like cost-effective and simple.

The same applies to VDI shops. You're not going to hear many IT administrators say, "I wish I paid more for that, and I wish it was more complicated to manage."

On the surface, using converged or hyper-converged infrastructure for VDI seems like an obvious choice. Instead of having one piece of hardware for storage, another for networking and a third for compute, these technologies bring everything into a single, compatible package.

Although converged infrastructure (CI) and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) are simple, they haven't always been as cost-effective as they are now. Storage and hardware-accelerated graphics have made it expensive to power VDI with CI or HCI, but the tide has turned recently, and both technologies' costs are on the decline. As a result, converged or hyper-converged infrastructure are realistic options for VDI shops looking for the foundation to run their deployments.

The big difference between converged and hyper-converged infrastructure is that HCI includes a software layer that CI does not. As a result, HCI is even simpler to keep track of because of the management interface it includes, which allows admins to control everything from a single console. HCI is also easy to scale. All admins have to do is add a node, and the software evenly distributes the workloads for them.

Chow down on this three-part handbook to learn more about how converged or hyper-converged infrastructure for VDI could be the special sauce your deployment needs and to learn about the different vendors.