Hyper-Converged Infrastructure refers to a system where numerous integrated technologies can be managed within a single system, through one main channel. Typically software-centric, the architecture tightly integrates storage, networking, and virtual machines.
A Hyper-Converged solution enables the system administrator to manage all the systems contained in it through a common set of management tools. This approach allows for the use of commodity hardware. With most designs, it is possible to easily add hyper-converged nodes to expand the infrastructure as needed.
Hyper-Converged solutions reduce the number of devices in the data center. With its ability to cut down on the need for legacy storage, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is becoming a more prevalent solution for system availability, complexity and reducing costs.