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  1. [[chapter_hyper_converged_infrastructure]]
  2. Hyper-converged Infrastructure
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  7. {pve} is a virtualization platform that tightly integrates compute, storage and
  8. networking resources, manages highly available clusters, backup/restore as well
  9. as disaster recovery. All components are software-defined and compatible with
  10. one another.
  11. Therefore it is possible to administrate them like a single system via the
  12. centralized web management interface. These capabilities make {pve} an ideal
  13. choice to deploy and manage an open source
  14.[hyper-converged infrastructure].
  15. Benefits of a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) with {pve}
  16. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  17. A hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is especially useful for deployments in
  18. which a high infrastructure demand meets a low administration budget, for
  19. distributed setups such as remote and branch office environments or for virtual
  20. private and public clouds.
  21. HCI provides the following advantages:
  22. - Scalability: seamless expansion of compute, network and storage devices (i.e.
  23. scale up servers and storage quickly and independently from each other).
  24. - Low cost: {pve} is open source and integrates all components you need such as
  25. compute, storage, networking, backup, and management center. It can replace
  26. an expensive compute/storage infrastructure.
  27. - Data protection and efficiency: services such as backup and disaster recovery
  28. are integrated.
  29. - Simplicity: easy configuration and centralized administration.
  30. - Open Source: No vendor lock-in.
  31. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: Storage
  32. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  33. {pve} has tightly integrated support for deploying a hyper-converged storage
  34. infrastructure. You can, for example, deploy and manage the following two
  35. storage technologies by using the Webinterface only:
  36. - *ceph*: a both, self-healing and self-managing shared, reliable and highly
  37. scalable storage system. Checkout
  38. xref:chapter_pveceph[how to manage ceph services on {pve} nodes]
  39. - *ZFS*: a combined file system and logical volume manager with extensive
  40. protection against data corruption, various RAID modes, fast and cheap
  41. snapshots - among other features. Find out
  42. xref:chapter_zfs[how to leverage the power of ZFS on {pve} nodes].
  43. Besides above, {pve} has support to integrate a wide range of
  44. additional storage technologies. You can find out about them in the
  45. xref:chapter_storage[Storage Manager chapter].
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  47. See Also
  48. ~~~~~~~~
  49. * xref:chapter_pveceph[pveceph - Manage Ceph Services on Proxmox VE Nodes]
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