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What's the popular and recommended Hyper-Converged solution (HCI) ?

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What's the popular and recommended Hyper-Converged solution (HCI) ? How about consider Microsoft hyerv , vmware hci solution?
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VMware vSphere vSAN and Horizon View.

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Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - Fellow
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What are your requirements? What will you use the HCI solution for? i.e. VDI, infrastructure servers

Nutanix, Cisco, HPE, and I am sure other vendors have HCI solutions.

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Use for infrastructure about 7 servers

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The HCI will use for infrastructure about 7 servers
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Then I would get quotes for the three vendors I listed above from a partner who will work with you to get you the best solution, for the best price, for what you need. For infrastructure servers,

DISCLAIMER: I work for a partner who works with all three vendors and sells all three HCI solutions.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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VMware vSphere - vSAN then.

But what is your budget ?

and do you require a HCI solution ?
kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer
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Do you need 7 VMs, or 7 hosts?

How important is price? Size of vendor? Does the hypervisor need to be Hyper-V or VMwsre, or can it be something else like Nutanix AHV or another a KVM variant?

A smaller deployment for 7 VMs should look at Starwind Software (they support 2 node deployment and can do white glove turn key installation and management on OEM Dell servers), Scale Computing, maybe HPE SimpliVity. Also look at VMware readynodes for VSAN. VSAN can use 2 hosts and a 3rd witness somewhere.

Most solutions require 3 nodes, which can be pretty expensive for just 7 VMs. If you need a 7 host system, that could support many hundreds of VMs.

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7 VMs.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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What is the workload of those 7 VMs ?

e.g. what functions do they perform ?

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AD, file server, mail sever, print server, sccm distribution point, symantec endpoint protection distribution point
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Do you even need HCI? How about 1 host for the VMs, and another server or device that can run backups and run VMs should the first just completely fail.
Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - Fellow
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HCI appears overkill for those VMs. Why are you thinking about an HCI solution? Why not just a basic VMware vSphere cluster with shared storage?

Nutanix, last I remember, requires three nodes. I have no idea what the minimum requirements are for CIsco or HPE HCI.

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What's the cost effective option to run the 7VMs?
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I would get a minimum of two (better to get three) hosts with shared storage. But that assumes you have networking in place and there are no issues with network or power and you have a place to put the new equipment. Along with a lot more questions.
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The most cost effective way to run 7 VMs is to have them all on a single goes host, and then have a suitable recovery strategy.
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
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I find that unless you have a larger IT department and can automate your environment HCI is too complex for smaller environments.  In addition many architectures involve buying compute when you only need storage, for example if you purchase VXRail and you need to ad storage you have to purchase ESXi host licensing (Enterprise), the hard drives are overpriced and the upgrades never go smoothly.

If you have a colo and you are constrained on rackspace it's a solution but for SMB environments it is an expensive option that add complexity (your storage is on physical media, datastores, and then VMs sit on top of that), and adds another level of support where I've had to contact VXRail support only to be handed to VMWare support 12 hours later
It has specific uses but be careful what what you expect versus what you get
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Must agree with kevinhsieh, 7 VM would normally run OK on a single server with local disks and for a bit of redundancy you can replicate between two of them.
madunixExecutive IT Director, MVE
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Consider the following points on HCI solution:

  • Official vendor (manufacturer) warranty and Support on Hardware?
  • Official vendor (manufacturer) warranty and Support on HCI Software?
  • Memory requirements
  • Deduplication and Compression
  • CPU/vCPU total Cores/GHz
  • Management license
  • N+1 resiliency
  • IOPs
  • Total usable storage  (both SSD and HDD)
  • Remote management (GUI console for managing Hardware)
  • Providing high availability (on all levels)
  • No single point of failure in all system components
  • Ability to perform online software updates while the system is up and running
  • Providing VMs cloning and snapshots
  • Software licenses and subscriptions
  • Cloud Connectivity
  • Erasure coding
  • Scaling horizontal/Vertical
  • TOR Switch
  • Testing performance
  • Stretched Cluster (in case running 2x Data Center)

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andyaldersaggar maker's framemaker
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I would actually use a hyper-converged solution, but none of the expensive products above. Just two servers with Hyper-V or VMware plus StarWind vSAN, a third node is needed as failover witness but the requirements for that are trivial. The free version of Starwind would do although it's got no GUI AFAIK.
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