Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) has become the dominant architecture in the data center. The main objective of HCI has been to simplify the management of data centers. HCI is a software-defined, unified system that combines all the elements of a traditional data center: storage, compute, networking and management. This integrated solution uses software and x86 servers to replace expensive, purpose-built hardware.
This approach has helped in the data center but is not a good model for the Edge. Many Edge deployments require different hardware and rely on lower power CPUs such as the Intel Xeon D or ARM. Traditional HCI was not built to run effctively on these. A new approach is needed and this is where Sunlight comes to the fore with its platform. Centrally manage all your Edge locations from the Sunlight Infrastructure Manager. Running the Sunlight Stack at the Edge gives you the confidence your VMs and Containers are getting the best performance from the edge hardware.