Friday, November 4, 2016

VMUG Presentation - HCI Concepts

I was given the honor of presenting at the October 19th NYC VMUG meeting (that's VMware User Group for my non-virtualization friends). The topic that I was asked to speak about was Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Concepts. I am by no means an expert on the topic but given my numerous years dealing with infrastructure, I know enough to get by. I wanted to share my presentation with you all. The presentation is at a high level just going over the key points for those new to the space. I tried to keep it at a level that my non-technical wife can understand what I'm talking about.

Side Note: I run all this stuff by her. If I can keep her attention, I should be able to keep yours. :-)

Here are the key points that I touched upon:
- A little history lesson on how VMware changed the supply chain when it comes to deploying servers and applications to customers (or users).
- An overview on the journey from Converged to Hyper-Converged.
- A run down of the different infrastructure approaches (Traditional, Reference Architectures, Converged, Hyper-Converged).
- Different players in the market today.
- Use cases.
- Where HCI fits in and some of the drawbacks.

I must say, I was humbled by the response that I received from everyone at the meeting. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and I helped clear up a few points of confusion for some of the attendees. They were actually able to get something out of this and hopefully you will too.

Enjoy!