Hyperconverged is Happening interview series EMC

PK Gupta Senior Director at EMC Asia Pacific in Presales strategy 

This is the fourth in our “hyperconverged is happening” interview series. PK Gupta Senior Director at EMC Asia Pacific in Presales strategy stepped up to answer on behalf of EMC. As the power house for storage it is interesting to see where PK sees the place for hyperconverged technology now and in the future

  1. What’s your definition of hyper-converged?

Hyper-convergence is a type of infrastructure that allows companies to consolidate digital information like computing, networking, virtual resources and storage in a single system. A hyper-converged solution allows companies to access information from their private and hybrid clouds enabling information to be used easily. A quicker consolidation of information and the security systems allow businesses to be more flexible and agile, and adapt easily to a digital environment.
Hyper converged architectures come in multiple flavors like:  

  1. Commodity HW and DIY management, and orchestration SW.
  2. All-in-one box systems. These systems compute and store in a small, scalable node (2U). 
  3. Decomposed and redesigned for high density, low power server architecture. Unit size of 4U chassis to full rack. Open Source plays a critical role for this infrastructure.
  4. Scalable systems of racks plus bare metal resource allocation. M&O Spans HW & SW; Multi-rack management. Open Source plays a critical role for this infrastructure.


  1. What are the key benefits to IT if hyper-converged architecture?

Hyper-converged infrastructures are easy to setup and bring for production. The pre-engineered system gives customers a piece of mind as they don’t need to worry about patching and applying updates. Hyper-converged infrastructures have an increased focus on Platform 3.

  1. Is there any use case for which hyper-converged is not well suited?

Hyper-converged infrastructures are well suited for VDI, virtualization environments and analytics. They are not suited for file, object storage and high workloads. This of course will change in the future. In general, hyper-converged architectures have their own strengths and weakness for specific use cases.

  1. Is cost saving the main driver for hyper-converged?

Simplicity and the ease of use are the main drivers and of course this leads to lower costs as well. Companies nowadays are looking for flexible solutions and cloud scale.

  1. What’s unique about your hyper-converged offering?

EMC’s hyper-converged offerings are simple and have a linear scalability. They are also pre-engineered and the installation is really easy. Thus, the time to market is short and the performance high. Our hyper-converged offering infrastructures have redundant power supplies to provide resilience against outages. We have both hyper-converged and rack scale systems solutions which can go up to 1000 VMs to 1000s VM/containers.  

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