You’ve likely heard of ‘converged’ and ‘hyperconverged’ infrastructure. The Internet is littered with comparisons between traditional IT, CI, and HCI. They all have a bias. Someone is trying to sell you something, or they are trying to defend the infrastructure choices they are most familiar with. Here at, we have our viewpoint as well: as one might expect, we like HCI.

But we’re also honest enough with ourselves to know that HCI is a specifically shaped peg, and it won’t fit into every hole. This paper shows, with the most neutral and objective disposition possible, a normalized comparison between traditional, converged, and hyperconverged infrastructure.

As you read this quick guide, you’ll learn:

  • That there is classification overlap – shades of gray – and that infrastructures can’t actually be sorted quite so neatly into these three buckets
  • How all three architectures have legitimate pros and cons, and there is no one-size-fits all answer to IT
  • That most organizations will see a benefit from using HCI, even if they do not use HCI for all of their IT needs

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