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On hyper-converged products and device-specific hypervisors

Submitted by on December 4, 2017 – 10:56 pmNo Comment

Perhaps the greatest benefit to using an HCI product that relies on a proprietary hypervisor is that it is built specifically for the task at hand. The vendor presumably designed its hypervisor to do one thing, and to do it well. The end result is optimized, turnkey hyper-converged products.

Storage hypervisor

Using a system based on a dedicated hypervisor may also reduce cost and complexity. The big hypervisor providers charge a premium for licenses, and companies might also incur additional costs in the form of support infrastructure, such as management or license servers. An HCI product’s hypervisor might also be easier to use than a general purpose hypervisor. Products such as vSphere and Hyper-V can be difficult to use because of the sheer number of features they offer, and because they must maintain backward compatibility. HCI-specific hypervisors might pose the same problem, but they are less complex overall, which should reduce the challenges associated with backward compatibility.

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