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Hyper-converged infrastructure market isn't right for every shop

Last week, Maggie Jones published an article on SearchConvergedInfrastructure.com titled “Hyper-converged infrastructure market isn’t right for every shop”. I agree with the assertion in the title and the points she raises, with the clarification that they are based on assumptions that apply to vendors who only sell an integrated HCI appliance – a predefined, proprietary bundle of hardware and software - and not to software-defined HCI products.

http://searchconvergedinfrastructure.techtarget.com/ehandbook/Get-hyped-for-top-hyper-converged-technology-use-cases

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The NodeWeaver Storage Platform

NodeWeaver takes advantage of an extremely sophisticated and flexible storage layer, based largely on the LizardFS distributed filesystem, and capable of performing reliably and in an extremely efficient way even for small number of nodes and disk drives. There are several important differences between our approach to storage and the most common choices taken in other hyper-converged infrastructures, or even in dedicated storage systems; this post will try to outline some of them.

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Distributed Data Locality - NodeWeaver's approach to data management

NodeWeaver has been designed, from scratch, as a single optimized entity – using the idea (first taught me at my university by my electrical communication professor, during a discussion on Trellis coding) that when you look at optimizing only a single step you are not doing larger, potentially much important optimization of the whole system. It’s a common problem, and in some cases it comes down to the issue of economics: when you pool resources together you may be able to get more performance or higher utilization, since many times you need a resource to be available, but you don’t need them to be available all at once.

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