How HPE Alletra dHCI is different from traditional HCI

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has been a popular solution for modernizing data centers by combining storage, computing, and networking into a single, integrated appliance. HCI has several benefits, such as reduced complexity, improved scalability, and enhanced performance. However, traditional HCI solutions have limitations that can impact their effectiveness in modern data centers. HPE Alletra dHCI, on the other hand, is a new approach to HCI that overcomes these limitations and provides several benefits over traditional HCI solutions. 


This blog will explore how HPE Alletra dHCI stands out from traditional HCI solutions.


NVMe-based storage architecture

One of the critical differences between HPE Alletra dHCI and traditional HCI is the storage architecture. Traditional HCI solutions typically use a shared storage architecture, where storage is shared across all nodes in the cluster. This can limit performance and scalability, particularly as the number of nodes in the cluster grows. HPE Alletra dHCI, on the other hand, uses an NVMe-based storage architecture that provides faster data access and better performance.


What is NVMe?

NVMe-based storage is a newer, faster type of solid-state storage explicitly designed for SSDs. It uses PCIe, a high-speed data transfer interface, to provide more immediate data access and improved performance compared to traditional storage solutions. The NVMe protocol allows for parallel processing of data, which reduces bottlenecks and improves performance, making it ideal for applications that require fast, low-latency data access - like HCI.


Cloud-native design

Another critical difference between HPE Alletra dHCI and traditional HCI is the design philosophy. HPE Alletra dHCI is designed to be cloud-native, which means it is built from the ground up with cloud principles in mind. This includes support for Kubernetes, containerization, and cloud-native data services. Traditional HCI solutions, on the other hand, were not designed with cloud-native principles in mind, which can limit their effectiveness in modern, cloud-based data centers.


Unmatched resiliency and data efficiency

HPE Alletra dHCI delivers sub-ms latency, 99.9999% guaranteed availability, and can tolerate three simultaneous drive failures without a hiccup in performance, providing better resiliency and data efficiency than traditional HCI solutions. Its NVMe-based storage architecture, built-in data services, and simplified management minimize downtime, reduce storage costs, and protect critical data, making it an ideal solution for modernizing data centers and achieving better performance, scalability, and efficiency while safeguarding necessary data. In short, HPE Alletra dHCI provides unmatched resiliency, data efficiency, and performance that no other HCI solution can match.


Simplified management

HCI solutions are designed to simplify data center management, but traditional HCI solutions can still be complex, particularly at scale. They typically require specialized hardware and software components that may not be interoperable with other systems in the data center, increasing management complexity. Manual configuration and management of individual nodes in the cluster can also be time-consuming and error-prone. As the number of nodes grows, management complexity can increase significantly, requiring manual monitoring and management of each node.

To address these challenges, HPE Alletra dHCI includes several features that simplify management, including:

  • Unified Management Console: Provides a single point of control for managing the entire solution, simplifying management tasks by providing a centralized view of the whole infrastructure, including storage, computing, and networking components.
  • Automated Infrastructure Deployment: Streamlines the deployment of new nodes in the cluster, reducing deployment times and eliminating errors that may occur during manual configuration.
  • Intelligent Data Services: Automates data optimization tasks, such as deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning, reducing the need for manual configuration and improving storage utilization while reducing storage costs.

HPE Alletra dHCI simplifies data center management and reduces the complexity associated with traditional HCI solutions by including these features. With a unified management console, automated infrastructure deployment, and intelligent data services, HPE Alletra dHCI streamlines management tasks, reduces errors, and improves overall efficiency, making it an ideal solution for modernizing data centers.


Hybrid cloud integration

HPE Alletra dHCI is designed with hybrid cloud deployments in mind. Firstly, it includes built-in integration with popular public cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. This integration enables organizations to move workloads seamlessly between on-premises and cloud environments, which is increasingly important as more organizations adopt hybrid cloud strategies to take advantage of the scalability and cost savings of public cloud infrastructure while maintaining control and security over their data by keeping specific workloads on-premises.

Secondly, HPE Alletra dHCI is built on a scalable architecture that allows organizations to quickly add or remove resources as needed. The solution's architecture enables organizations to scale resources up or down as needed to support workload mobility between on-premises and cloud environments. This flexibility is essential for supporting hybrid cloud environments, where workloads may need to be moved between on-premises and cloud environments depending on changing business needs.

Thirdly, HPE Alletra dHCI includes a unified management console that simplifies management tasks and provides a centralized view of the entire infrastructure, including on-premises and cloud resources. The management console enables organizations to monitor and manage resources across on-premises and cloud environments from a single control point, simplifying management tasks and reducing complexity. This makes it easier for organizations to manage their hybrid cloud environments and ensure they meet their performance, security, and compliance requirements.

Finally, HPE Alletra dHCI includes built-in data protection and disaster recovery features that make it easier to protect and recover data in the event of an outage, whether on-premises or in the cloud. This ensures that organizations can maintain their data availability and integrity regardless of where their workloads are running.

In contrast, traditional HCI solutions may not be well-suited for hybrid cloud deployments due to their lack of necessary architecture and management tools. Traditional HCI solutions are typically designed to be deployed in on-premises data centers, and they may not have the required architecture or management tools to support a hybrid cloud deployment. This can lead to management complexity and increased costs as organizations try to bridge the gap between on-premises and cloud environments. Additionally, traditional HCI solutions may have limitations when scaling and accommodating fluctuating workloads, which can be challenging in hybrid environments where workloads may need to be moved back and forth between on-premises and cloud environments depending on changing business needs.


In summary, HPE Alletra dHCI is a revolutionary HCI approach that surpasses traditional HCI solutions' limitations and offers multiple advantages. With its NVMe-based storage architecture, cloud-native design, built-in data protection and disaster recovery, simplified management, and hybrid cloud integration, HPE Alletra dHCI is an ideal solution for modernizing data centers and boosting performance, scalability, and efficiency. To experience HPE Alletra dHCI in action, please get in touch with us to schedule a test drive of an HPE Alletra dHCI unit with one of our VLCM Solutions Architects.